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Since I first arrived in Toronto back in 2014, I would have never thought it becoming one of my favourite cities in the world.
But it kinda burned in.
Yes, the TTC isn’t the pinnacle of public transportation it could be, and yes, it’s arguable that Toronto is a beautiful city, but that doesn’t matter to me.
I genuinely liked it there. And I spent several months there.
But I had the best time in Toronto while I volunteered for TIFF (www.tiff.net).
It was the best time of my life, and I’d definitely do it again.
I met so many nice people, that I pretty much lost count. I got to meet several movie stars (including the one and only Bill Murray), and I got to see some great movies, for free (Volunteers get coupons).
But for now, I’m stuck blogging on Toronto and scheming for my return.
Tell me what you like about the six, the true north or whatever you call Toronto (and the rest of Canada) in the comments down below.
Just after graduating Highschool in 2013, I set out to make a dream come true. I applied for a work permit for Canada under the IEC initiative (International Experience Canada).
I promptly got my work permit, and after making some money, I boarded an airplane to Toronto.
The day was the 17th April 2014. My family brought me to the regional airport in Hanover around 9am. From there I into Canada via Frankfurt am Main, where I met the rest of my travel company.
As we arrived in Canada around 2pm est, we had a quite turbulent 8 hour flight behind us and because of that didn’t do much except for exploring Toronto a bit and settling in in our hostel room. (We stayed at the HI at 76 Church Street, and I really recommend that hostel).
The next few days we did some more exploring (we visited a lot of landmarks like CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame and Toronto Island).
We also got our formalities sorted out. The next week (it was Easter as we arrived).
We then visited Niagara Falls, but then our ways parted.
After that I had some dum lazy time in Toronto and spent a few days in Ottawa.
I wwoofed on two separate farms in Ontario, but I definitely liked the Wilde farm the most.
I had the time of my life.
But I also needed to make some money, so I started working in an Algonquin Park resort (Arowhon Pines). It was nice there and I met a lot of nice people there.
Since I wasn’t able to find accommodation in Toronto, I rescheduled my planned trip to Montreal.
Then I started my volunteer assignment. And I must say that I had a blast at TIFF 2014. I met a lot of interesting people, like Sindi, Ana, Rebecca and upside down Jason.
That really was the best time of my life.
After visiting Niagara Falls again (to take the boat) and WWOOFing again on that Wilde farm, I returned to Arowhon.
And I would do it again.
But since I had a few days left, I enjoyed Vancouver. It really is a beautiful city.
After a few days there I left for Blue River to work a season with MWHS (wiegele.com).
I made a few friends there and worked a lot. But I left at the end of March to travel a little more.
I also visited New York City, but that’s a different story.
From there I took the megabus back to Toronto, Canada to finish of my year abroad and to make ends meet. I closed my bank account and quit my phone contract, because I had to leave Canada on the 16th April 2016.
But what I remember the most about Canada isn’t the landscapes or cities I enjoyed. It’s that true north spirit, the kindness of the people and the friends I made up there.
I will definitely return one day. In fact, I’m hoping for a foreign semester there (maybe at the University of Alberta) near the end of my bachelors degree phase, but before I actually have my B.Sc.