5 years ago. Today.

Some may know that I have an obsession with everything Canadian. A few days ago, I watched a documentary/ travel report about Toronto on German TV, and I got a bit nostalgic. Mostly because 5 years ago today, I first set foot on Canadian soil.

(The actual first picture I ever took in Canada.)

Now, the purpose behind ‘The Story behind the Picture’-posts is to tell the story behind the picture. And that is exactly what I’m going to do.

Because customs processes can take a while, I didn’t really start shooting in Canada on the first day of my journey, so the picture below is actually from day two. It is still one of my favourites from the city.

(Click picture for Instagram.)

My mates and I had decided to explore Toronto for a bit, mostly because we couldn’t get any of our documents and stuff done anyways, but also because we really wanted to explore Toronto. It was Good Friday by the way.

We had an awesome day. And because we didn’t understand the TTC a bit back than, and also because we really wanted to walk, we racked up quite a few miles. I don’t remember the exact number though.

The picture this story is about isn’t my first shot on CN Tower by far. We’ve actually been up top before taking it. I took this picture more as a snapshot while we were trying to figure out what to do next, and for a long time I didn’t even like it that much.

If I would take it again, I probably would do several things differently, but I still love this picture. Not for what it is, but for what it represents. My first full day in Canada.

(One of the last pictures I’ve taken in Canada.)

A little over 4 years ago today I then had to leave Canada, and as soon as I stepped on that airplane back to Germany, I knew I had to come back one day.

There’s still so much left to see of Canada. And of Toronto. I’ve never been to the beaches. Or Graffiti Alley. Or the distillery district. The Toronto sign was erected after I left.

And somewhen in the future, I will.

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