Have you ever felt homesick for a place that isn’t even your home? Do you find yourself talking about it, reminiscing about the memories, the friends, the people, and the vibe? For me, “that place” is Toraaaano.

There’s something about this city that I love. A lot of people say Toronto is just like London and I don’t necessarily agree. The only physical similarity is Dundas Square looking like Trafalgar Square, but then again it very much looks like New York’s Times Square too – so it isn’t really a big deal. The few slang words you hear resemble the way some Londoners speak aswell, but it’s more about the atmosphere. It’s a vibe that I don’t get in London. If I showed you my phone right now, 95% of it shows images and videos from Canada. In the two years I’ve spent working in the 6, I pushed the limit of my phone’s storage harder than I ever did in London. So allow me to share some memories and photos on this blog.

So without further ado, here’s a blog all about Toronto.

The time we checked out Toronto’s Inner Harbour and Islands

On my last weekend in Toronto, my cousins and I took a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and hopped on a little ferry to the Toronto Islands. With a live tour guide, we got to see the Skydome, the Toronto Island Parklands, and the skyscrapers that mark Canada’s largest city. It gave us a chance to take in the scenic skyline without any distractions and the blue water made it stand out beautifully.

 

The times I ate great food & Poutines, obviously

I loooooove poutines. Once I tried it, I was hooked. I used to go to Smoke’s Poutinerie for lunch and it was only a 5-minute walk from my work. The replies I received whenever I posted a picture of a poutine on my Snapchat were hilarious. I don’t know why people take one look at poutine and think the worst. It’s only some fries, cheese, gravy sauce – with the choice of toppings you like. I received the craziest responses and I’ll share one with you:

“That looks like someone took a shit in a blender, blended it, then left it on top of a heater to warm up then added expired yellow acidic cheese. Then added sewage water to the mixture and put it in a box to sell. My eyes have never been so offended.”

I’m not even going to hide the source. That was a message from my sister. Anyway, for me – as long as it tastes good, I can look past the appearance.

Another gem located on Queen St is The Burger Factory. The burgers there are to die for. And it’s halal. So you know I HAD to try it. There was a time I’d walk there and grab myself a Juicy Lucy burger (a burger drenched in cheese) a few times a week. Trust me, my eating habits are actually disgusting. Don’t hang out with me if you’re on a diet. I promise you, I won’t even motivate you. More awesome places to eat include Copacabana, Chako, and BeaverTails.

The time I was obsessed with that Tower

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken a picture of the CN Tower – from different angles.

On my way to work:

 

On my way back from work:

 

Inbetween buildings on a random Tuesday:

 

From the inside:

The times I awkwardly stood by things that I thought looked nice

The museum looked better on the outside than it did on the inside to be fair.

Winter, 2015 – I remember this day vividly. On this particular day, I went to an interview for a marketing job at a travel agency. Straight after, I met up with my cousin Fadumo and we visited a cat cafe then went to the museum. It was nice to take my mind off the nerves and stress that came with job interviews. I loved the look of the building before we even went inside, so I had to get a snap. I like how it matches my scarf.

Anyway, this day will always be memorable because I did eventually get that job!

 

 

British Invasion?