In May, it will be 6 years since Mara and I literally packed nearly all of our things and took a train to Toronto – a place where we were going to set up shop and actually live. We had no plan, no idea what we were doing – we just went because we knew that had we waited any longer, we wouldn’t have had the guts to do it.
For myself, I truly didn’t know what to expect. In fact,a good part of me probably thought that we would find ourselves packing up again and going back to Montreal. But, we didn’t.
Here are some things that I learned:
Toronto is a far different beast of a city than Montreal:
Montreal (no matter where I go, it will always be home – I guess that answers my blog title question!) is a culturally interesting, social, big enough city. I thought Toronto would be the same. It’s not. Toronto is big. Toronto is a real metropolis. And the people who make up this city are bountiful, from different corners of the world, and driven. I didn’t think Toronto would be such a “culture shock” but it truly is.
That we came here with no job plan or reason is ridiculous:
There is no way in hell that myself (or Mara for that matter) would ever do the same thing that we did. Come here with a plan in place! Do not do as I did – it’s what I tell everyone who is interested in moving to Toronto. We were lucky and blessed that we found the jobs that we still have about a month into moving here. That is not the case all the time, and I do think that in this day and age, such luck doesn’t exist as rampant as before.
Toronto is on the pulse:
It’s true, I will admit it. Everyone will slag Toronto here there, and everywhere but when I am here, I feel like I know what is going on in the world. I feel like sound bytes and news bytes float through the air here so quickly for people to receive it right away. Music premieres happen, and we know about it at the same time. That’s something that I love about this place – I don’t feel like I am the last to know.
Toronto is not simple:
This city is HUGE. This is not a walking city, which is one of the reasons that I do miss Montreal. Nothing is done simply here – especially when it comes to commuting from A to B. You notice it right away when you come here, and you complain and whine about it…but then somewhere along the way you forget about it and when people do mention it, you don’t think about it anymore. It’s weird. When we go home to visit Montreal and we see how people can travel so much more quickly there, that’s when you especially notice how Toronto is so wide.
Turns out, yeah, I do like Toronto:
I still can’t bring myself to say that I LOVE Toronto. Montreal gave me my foundation, but Toronto made me an adult. Toronto has given a lot of opportunity and development – probably that Montreal could not, o
r I didn’t have the patience to wait and see if it would. I can’t be one of those people to knock Toronto because that’s like biting the hand that feeds you. It’s not for everyone, but Toronto is a pretty damn cool city.
Now if only the winters could be milder!