My week in pictures 20th – 26th September 2015

This week has very much been a mix of really exciting and a touch dull. Weird. This is because Will and I are still trying to have fun but know we need to focus on getting jobs so are largely spending the days applying for jobs. Ahh!

Sunday

Sunday funday and you cannot stop that! No!

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Abiding by a time honoured Sunday tradition, Will and I went for brunch. Not only did we go for brunch, we went for a brunch at a cool and famous location in the city that serves $4 Caesars. Hi breakfast alcohol, hi breakfast eggs.

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It was a beautiful day, so Will and I took a stroll by Lake Ontario before heading to catch London Road at the last night of the Toronto International Film Festival.

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I very much enjoyed London Road! I think Rufus Norris and The National did a great job adapting it for screen.

Monday

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So Monday was cool as I went to a season press launch at the Royal Alexandra Theatre and ended up interviewing the leads of the U.S. Phantom tour amongst others.

After that, I spent the afternoon getting my video edit on!

Tuesday

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Tuesday was a glorious day both in terms of the weather and the fun scale. We were planning on meeting Harriet once she finished work to go to the Blue Jays baseball game. A few hours before we met her we headed to the Steamwhistle Brewery, basked in the sunshine and soaked up the free samples of beer before buying a couple of cans.

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The ball game was fun; the Jays were playing the New York Yankees and we very much felt like we were in a film!

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Wednesday

Will and I had a bit of a hectic but non picture worthy day of signing our house tenancy! We are really excited to be moving into our nice new place in November but between now and then we’re staying in a lovely temporary place with a garden and chickens.

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Later we walked through a beauty of a nearby park and I snapped this picture thinking it still almost looks like summer out here,  though apparently it is “fall.”

Thursday

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More hecticness and bag moving! I’ll spare you the boring details. After that was done, Will and I did more job applications and I prepared for my trip to New York the next day!

Friday

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Sooo Dunkin Donuts kept me alive on a 12 HOUR bus ride to NYC. I have taken that bus before but overnight rather than in the day. Overnight is waaaay better but for $25 each way, who can complain?

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Eventually I got there and spied this hun shining in its classic way. Hey Empire State!

Saturday

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Whilst I am staying with Michaela in NY, she was working Saturday day. Luckily my friend Rukaya was also in town on Saturday so we went met for brunch!

I’m so naughty. I have to admit I got wayyyyy too drunk at brunch. One of the things I love about NYC is their penchant for bottomless brunch. Unfortunately I embraced this with open arms on Saturday and had five drinks….then saw a Broadway show on my own. Cool story.

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I had just about sobered up by the time I met Michaela after she finished work. We then topped up my drastically dropping booze levels with a drink on a rooftop bar. Ideal!

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Make sure you catch the blog next week, if only just to find out how much coffee I drank at the New York Coffee festival on Sunday.

BLERGH.

Michaela and I are off to see the Statue of Liberty now! BYE! x

My Week In Pictures 13th – 19th September 2015

Last week saw all kinds of magical adventure such as trips to Niagara Falls, Montreal and a really epic fondue feast. This week…er…well it pretty much comprised of job and apartment hunting. SNAP BACK TO REALITY OOOOP THERE GOES GRAVITY.  No but really, I still had fun, however  if the job gods could hit me up with a good’un I’d be muchos grateful.

Anyway…week in pictures, let’s get to it!

Sunday

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Remember we are starting with Sunday now? Good, because Sunday was one of the more interesting days of the week. Will and I were still in Montreal and we walked up “Mount” (lol) Royal. The view was loooovely.

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There is a big cross at the top of the hill (guys, it IS a hill) which was apparently erected as a saintly chap promised the virgin Mary he would put up a huge cross if she cleared up some flood or other.  Apparently she was a hun and answered his prayers so, true to his word, here is a BIG CROSS.

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By sheer luck, we managed to watch the Montreal Cycling Grand Prix, INCLUDING the moment Tim Wellens won. This was pretty exciting, plus Will got a free hat, which he was thrilled about!

Monday
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As much as I am sure you would enjoy a picture from the 6 hour Megabus journey we took to back to Toronto, it was pretty drab. Instead, here are some pictures of the lights at the end of the journey tunnel; salty edamame peas and a bento box of dreams (SO my new favourite things.) Thank you, Toronto, for your cheap and delicious sushi.
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Tuesday

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We moved to an AirBnB without WiFi. AH. Luckily there was a nice little outdoor picnic bench and Will was able to tether the internet to allow us to look for apartments. I say “apartments” as literally no Canadian understands the word “flat.” AT ALL.

Anyway, sat we did and search we did. That was until we had to get up and walk around 1000000 properties. I was feeling a touch grumpy on Tuesday evening after a hot day filled with no success. The sky was feelin’ me.

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Wednesday

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After another day of unsuccessful job and house hunting, Will and I took the pressure off by succumbing to alcohol and Ice cream. We had traipsed the entire city, so seeing a $5 beer sign felt like an actual life sign telling us to chill out.  A further chill out sign came as we walked past a glorious ice cream shop selling late night goodness. You can read a post all about the joy that was Bang Bang Ice Cream here.

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Thursday
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GUESS what we did on Thursday? No guess…… Okay did you guess house hunt and walk 6km around the city in a circle? If so you’d be right on! Luckily the views from a few of the apartments looked like the above. Hey there CN Tower, you big tall, spindly babe!
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Trams. Hurrah for trams (sorry Canada, “street cars”) as they are a saviour for tired little legs. Plus they look pretty cool.

Friday

SO by the end of Thursday, we sort of saw an apartment we might want so we focused our energy on job applications.  As I mentioned, our AirBnb did not have any WiFi, this  pretty much had to happen in Starbucks. SO I am not going to lie, Friday looked a lot like this:

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The brightside? PUMPKIN SPICED LATTES ARE BACK! Although they do cost $5….

Saturday

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DESPERATE for some fun and because it is the dawn of the age of the Hufflepuff, I literally begged will to go with me to the much publicized Harry Potter themed bar in the city, Lockhearts. We went.  We drank. I needed it.  Obbbbbviously there will be a blog on the bar itself to follow.

We then met up with our fellow Brit abroad, Harriet, and had a cheeky drink in Little Italy before retiring for the evening.

Pondering the week,I felt a bit gutted I didn’t quite manage to secure a place to live or a job. That said I guess moving abroad was always going to be tough and a bit stressful.  However looking at the neon sign in Lockhearts, which depicts the last three words in the entire Harry Potter series, I realised the importance of the journey. Without the adventure and the hard work that comes with it, how can anyone ever say those three words and mean it?

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I really believe that all WILL be well. Just breathe!

Until next week! Mwah xxxxx

Bang Bang Ice Cream Toronto

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ICE CREAM. Apparently, or so the rhyme goes. Only I have never actually heard anyone physically scream as a result of ice cream. Well, actually, maybe as a kid when we heard the ice cream van jingle by (“MUMMMM CAN I HAVE A POUND…” or…er..dollar to my new Transatlantic mates.)

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Anyway. Ice-screaming was barely a thing, however after a trip to Bang Bang Ice Cream in the trendy Trinity-Bellwoods part of Toronto, I totallllly get this nursery rhyme. Adults, full grown adults, were losing their sh*t over a scoop of Bang Bang’s. I had heard that late night ice cream is very much a trend here (as much as going out for drinks is a social thing to do, so is going out for ice cream), however I did not expect to see a line down the street for the stuff.

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I dragged a somewhat reluctant Will into the queue with me. We had seen the place full to the brim the night before but walked by. This time there was no stopping me.

Chatter was rife in the ice-cream queue. We were comrades in search of one thing; a taste from the promised land of creamy goodness. Gleeful front-liners came pouring out in their swathes, assuring us that we were doing the right thing by waiting in line (which is so not something Toronto-ians like to do in my experience.) “it’s so worth it!” they would say in their smug but encouraging positions of hindsight. One even gave me a taste of their miso cherry scoop. It was what I needed to keep me holding on.

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As we got through those golden doors, the options became very apparent. Guys, it was better than we could have thought. They have ALL THE FLAVOURS AND they serve ICE CREAM SANDWICHES. I REPEAT. ICE. CREAM. SANDWICHES. Ice cream sandwich between TWO COOKIES OF YOUR CHOICE. Oh God. HELP.

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Sensing my need, the major honey in the place in front of me offered me a taster of her “totaro” tub (YES, tub, they do take away tubs!) A better woman than I may have politely refused, but I was out for blood..or..er..purple “yam” (sweet potato) so I went for it. I can happily report that potato ice cream is glorious. Glorious!

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Entertained by the choice of the boarderline artsy Homer Simpson décor, I pondered my options. Miso cherry and torato were swimming in my mind, but my heart lay elsewhere. It was then I read the sign telling me I was allowed one taster. Tactics came into play here. I am no fool, I had made my choice, but strike me down if I was about to let an extra taste go by. Heathens! “I’ll try the key lime pie, please.” Ho ho ho, I had no intention of buying it…oh…no wait….yum. Now I want it. BUT NO REBECCA, YOU ALREADY MADE YOUR CHOICE. Blind panic and hysteria had set in as I ordered a scoop of avocado and a scoop of burnt toffee for me and an ice-cream sandwich comprised of “campfire marshmallow” (lol, guys) betwixt a cocoon of peanut butter cookies.

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Dare we try our first little lick? We dare. OH. GOD.

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Soon we were the smug ice cream hoarders spilling into the streets with euphoria clutching at our bounty. I can even provide you with a picture of Will’s smug face. Look who is pleased they waited in line for 30 minutes now!

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The avocado was delicately flavoured and creamy, just like an avocado should be. My burnt toffee was just the right side of caramelized and sugary sweet. Yum. Did I make a mistake by not going ice cream sandwich? Yes, yes I did. Will’s whimsically named campfire marshmallow was nothing sort of a godlike treat between two clapping peanut buttery hands. That said, I regret nothing. Except maybe not ordering a scoop of key lime. Is three scoops too many? Maybe. I was already starting to feel a bit like the queasy decorative Homer they had hanging on their wall, such is the testimony to their scoop sizes.

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So, ice cream is a thing out here and ice-screaming is something else that pretty much just applies to ones attempt to secure a hotly sort after scoop from Bang Bang.

Bang Bang Ice Cream is located at 93A Ossington Avenue and is open Tues-Thurs from 1-10pm, Friday 1-11pm, Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 12-10pm.
Testosterone propionate headache Price range:  $$ – A scoop was roughly $3.50, a sandwich of glory was roughly $6.

My Week in Pictures 6-12th September 2015

Hello beauties! SO I have decided to go for a slightly new format with the Week in Pictures posts to account for the varying time zones of myself in Canada and my readers in the UK. I am going to try and post these on Sunday mornings Toronto time, which will hit you Sunday afternoons. Therefore I am starting the week from Sundays and ending the week on Saturdays. It makes sense!

SO THIS WEEK WAS AWESOME and could possibly be my best picture post yet. Hold tight.

Sunday

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I KIND of covered Sunday last week, but basically we explored a bit more of the city during the day then later had a bbq on the balcony of the place we were staying with our lovely hosts. It was a meat feast!  After that we headed out for some drinks as the next day was a bank holiday. Labour Day!

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Monday

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Totally casual, but I started this week with a trip to Niagara Falls. NIAGARA FALLS! It was incredible.

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I won’t share all of my Niagara pictures as I think I will write a post about the whole (crazy) place soon.

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After our trip to Niagara (with some new Canadian friends!) we had worked up a hunger! We all returned to the city and dined like royalty for next to nothing at Sushi On Bloor. You can read my post about this place and generally ogle at sushi here.

Tuesday

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SO on Tuesday I had to have an emergency filling and it cost me $323! Whilst this made me want to cry, I drowned my tears in beer and tasty food with Harriet at a place in the city called El Furniture. The bar itself sells legit tasty food for $4.99 a plate, which very much helped!
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I then walked back to where Will and I were staying and trotted past this ‘ol familiar friend of a sign which was lit up all pretty in the dark. Mega babe.

Wednesday

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Is it okay that I am in a happy relationship and we went to Hooters as a couple for lunch?! It has been sort of a running joke for a while?!

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Anyway, the food was good and the margaritas were better …although the whole place was quite on brand with its seediness.

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The only way is up from Hooters, right? Right. Will and I walked past the Bell Lightbox Movie Theatre (where they hold the Toronto International Film Festival) and got a couple of tickets to see one of the shows in the programme. I ALSO purchased a subscription to the Mirvsh Theatre Season, with the first show being Motown. I can’t wait!

Thursday

To Montreal!  Will and I got up super early and got the bus to Montreal – Quebec! It took 6 hours and we arrived at 12 HUNGRY and ready to party Montreal style!

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We headed to Schwartz’s for lunch – it is a famous deli style place that serves ridiculous (incredible) smoked beef “sandwiches” (LOL.)

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After our meat feast, we walked to the old dock in the city, passing some pretty cool street art as we did!

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Later we went on a boat ride around the dock and managed to get an awesome up close look at Habitat 67 – a residential block built in 1967 by a local architect as part of the ’67 Montreal Expo. Some people think the building is ugly, but I think it is SO COOL.

Friday

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OH WOW FRIDAY, It was almost a joke… Will and I went to a day party at a beach club (where Kylie Jenner had her 18th Birthday :-/ ) with the guy we are staying with in Montreal.  The place isn’t actually on a beach, but is on a big fresh water lake and had a big pool, all of the sun loungers and a massive PARTY going on. It was …. just crazy.

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The party started at like 11am and went on til 6pm…by which time we had danced in the pool with several beers, laid on the “beach”, danced on a deck to some DJ’s (who were hilarious and obviously though they were God’s gift to the human race!) By the end of it, we were RUINED. That said, even after grabbing some dinner, we were in bed by 11pm, which leads me to think that DAY PARTIES ARE THE WAY FORWARD!

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Saturday

So it took me about 20 years to get out of bed. Fine. Also,  after the glorious weather of Friday, Saturday decided to pee it down wit rain. Also FINE.

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Eventually Will and I headed to the Biosphere on the islandy bit of Montreal. This was also built for the ’67 Expo and is structurally awesome.

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The sphere is now an environment museum, which is pretty cool. Inside we learnt all about humans relationship to nature and technology and what we can do to move forward without destroying both things. Tres Interessant! (Did I mention they speak FRENCH in Montreal?!)

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I dream of cheese. We all know that. The only way Will and I could make sure our hangovers were well and truly gone was to cover them in cheese. Oh HAI FONDUE! Yep – we had a glorious three course fondue meal that is absolutely worthy of its own post. So watch out for that!

SO now it is Sunday and it is still raining! It has been like 30 degrees everyday, so I really shouldn’t complain! We are going to head out soon to (hopefully, weather permitting) see some street drumming! Sure.

Love to all xx

Sushi On Bloor Toronto

One of my major concerns when deciding to move to Toronto was that the city’s food game might not be as strong as London’s. Whilst careful research told me otherwise, I was still somewhat dubious. After a week in Canada I have to truly and literally eat my words…

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On arriving in Toronto, I decided to check out one of the many (like….SO many) Sushi restaurants, with a new friend recommending Sushi On Bloor as a good option. It was.

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Greeted with green tea and miso soup, myself, Will and our two new friends we had made poured over the menu. For the two locals we were with, they knew what they wanted, with one quickly snapping up a Bento Box filled with goodies for only $10.50.

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Whilst the box seemed like a ridiculously good option (Joel’s came with terrayki chicken, tempura shrimp (or king prawns to us British Huns,) rice, tempura vegetables, salmon rolls and some fruit) I decided to pick n mix from the extensive menu.

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Hiiiiiiiii Pork Gyoza, you salty and crispy fried slice of meaty dreams! These were delish and we got 5 good sized dumplings for $3.35!

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I fancied a bit of seafood so we also ordered some calamari which was lovely and not at all rubbery. I would say the batter could have used slightly more seasoning but Will seamed content.

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Sushi sushi, what to do? I decided to opt for yellow tail sashimi along with tempura sweet potato and avocado rolls and crispy tuna rolls.

Will is kind of a sushi novice, however I am quite well versed so he went with me on the order and was surprised how much he loved the raw chunks of yellow tail. I was unsurprised but equally delighted by the beautiful, clear fresh fish taste.

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The rolls were good too, although in future I think one set between two is more than enough for me. The sweet potato (or “yam” to our North American friends) was surprisingly creamy when offset with the avocado and the tuna was tasy, if underwhelmingly crunchy.

Joel let us try a little bit of his tempura vegetables, the broccoli being my favourite, and one of his shrimp, which was predictably juicy and good. I have to say, from looking at it and having a little nibble, I was very much sold on the Bento box!

Will and I couldn’t eat all of our spread so had it packed up to take home (dinner and a doggy bag – winning!) although that didn’t mean I could squeeze in a complimentary scoop of green tea ice cream. Yes, that’s right, green TEA ice cream! Thus may not be to everyone’s taste, but I very much liked it!

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The best part about the meal? Including tip, mine and Will’s spread cost us just over $30. Yep…. $15 each with food left over for lunch. To put that it perspective to my British friends; that is a hearty meal for £7.50 each. Sorry huns, I’m not coming back to London. The food is too good here. Good news is, there is room for you all over here too. So come! With dinner at £7.50 a head, first night out is on me!

Thanks Sushi on Bloor for being a totally delicious babe, I am sure I’ll be seeing you soon!

Sushi On Bloor, 525 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S 1Y4.

My Week In Pictures 31st August to the 6th September 2015

It’s actually pretty early here – Toronto is 5 hours behind the UK. I am not sure whether this will affect my posting schedule in the future or my Sunday picture just needs to be something taken earlier on in the day. Who knows. ANYWAY…HI FROM CANADA! Will and I made it in one piece and the weather is INSANELY hot out here right now!

What happened to get us here this week? I’ll tells ya!

Monday

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Argh. After the joy of Sunday, Monday was rubbish. Not only was I a touch hungover (obviously Laura and Michaela’s fault!) but I also had to do some serious actual packing. Crap! It also rained pretty much ALL DAY. However by the evening the sky got clearish but still pretty moody. I feel ya sky!

Tuesday

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Okay onwards and upwards. I was FINALLY packed and my mum, Andrew and I headed to my friend Sammi’s in East Grinstead as we were going to be staying the night before my flight (it’s MUCH closer to Gatwick than their house. )

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To take the edge off thinking about the impending move, we all headed into London for a last hurrah and watched Kinky Boots the Musical at the Adelphi Theatre. It was INCREDIBLE!

Wednesday

The BIG DAY. AH!

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So obviously at the airport we started the day with a glass of prosecco and a full English breakfast, because what is life and travel without deep fried food and alcohol before 10am? NOTHING.

The flight was good and went quite quickly. I managed to watch Disney & Pixar’s  Inside Out as well as an awesome food documentary on Canada. It got me pretty excited for touch down.

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Yes, of course, here is the obligatory “in air” shot.

We touched down at 3pm local time (GMT – 5hrs) and it was the hottest day of the year. You can imagine how much fun carrying a 25kg case through the subway was, but actually the whole experience was made better by how LOVELY all Canadians seem to be!

Thursday

I don’t have much to report from Wednesday night as we were shattered and pretty much just went to bed (after some hearty Jerk Chicken!) However after a lonnnngggg sleep, we were ready and raring to go on Thursday morning!

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We started the day with a Tim Horton’s breakfast, which I am told is some kind of right of passage for Canadians, and it was good! Then we headed over to city hall to get our SIN numbers, got a bank account etc etc! Huzzah.

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Later we explored Kensington Market, which is like the Camden of Toronto. Here we had a few beers, found a CHEESE SHOP, a CAR GARDEN and generally just had a great time chatting to locals.

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Later we met Harriet, who has been the MOST helpful person in getting us here, so we bought her a beer and we all had some food at the Amsterdam brewery on the harbour front.

Friday

Did I mention it is HOT here? On Friday we decided to chill out and escape the mid-day heat by staying in for a bit and applying for a couple of jobs. It is weird because we both kind of feel like we are on holiday, but we aren’t so we need to be proactive on the application station.

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Later we headed to St Lawrence Market (foodie heaven) and generally touristed around before heading to the Distillery District downtown for a cheeky early evening pint.

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Here you can’t buy beer at a corner shop like you can in the UK so we had to go to a massive bottle shop to pick up some local beers to take back to the apartment we are renting. We went with a lovely hoppy IPA brewed in Vancouver and then completed our experience by getting take out Poutine. It was LUSH.

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Will had the classic Poutine (chips, gravy and cheese curds) and I had a pulled pork toping (still with cheese, OBVIOUSLY.)

Saturday

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Fun in the sun! On Saturday we went to a bar uptown called Scallywags to watch the England match in the sun with Harriet and her friend Helen.  Will and I started the afternoon (ha, barely!) with a Caesar (Canada’s answer to a bloody Mary.)

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Later we had a couple more pints and watched a bit of the Blue Jays game (basketball) – Will, Harriet and I are off to see them play against the New York Yankees on the 22nd September! How North American are we?!

Sunday

Well, as I said, it is quite early. Will and I are having pancakes and maple syrup for breakfast and then heading out to do some more exploring.

The guy we are staying with in our Airbnb place is a) awesome and b) has mentioned something about a bbq on the balcony later which I can definitely get on board with!

Tomorrow is Labour Day out here, so Canadians have the day off work. I am not sure what this means for Will and I, but there is loads of stuff happening across the city, including a parade!

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I hope all is well back home, love to all! xxx

Things I Will Miss Most About the UK

I am now on my way to the airport to catch a one way flight to Toronto. There is a sentence I never imagined saying.
Luckily I will not be alone as I will have my lovely boyfriend of 3 and a half years, Will, with me. That said, even though I won’t be totally on my own out there and even though I will be on a great adventure, I will still miss the UK and the people in it SO MUCH.

To try and get over what I am going to miss so much, I thought I would put exactly what it is into words…SO here is a post about what I imagine I will miss most over the next few years.

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London

Whilst the Dales are my favourite place, London is the city I have lived in for 8 years and it has been glorious. It is filled to the brim with fun, culture, food and fabulousness so it deserves its own section!

  • Testosterone how to increase naturally Theatre – again, not to state the obvious, there could well be a huge theatre shaped hole in my life. Toronto is filled with theatre and culture and fabulousness but I can’t deny that I won’t miss seeing a different show two or three times a week. The picture below is from the Globe Theatre as it the most traditionally “English” theatre I could think of.

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  • Music – London has a shit hot music scene. Any day you want to see some live music to suit your taste you can, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Not only do all of the big bands play here, this is the birthing place of small bands who are still finding their sound. Red stripe in a plastic cup, bass pumping through my stomach, lights blaring in my eyes…..you never know, there may even be a smoke machine. God, London sounds amazing. I will very much miss presenting my Shoreditch Radio show *tear!*

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  • Cocktailing like a Wanker (see also skyscrapers) – this is a whole different ball game than having a cheeky one in the pub. London is king of the cocktail! The best places I have found so far are the Duck and Waffle in the Heron Tower for a classy and delicious drink, Graphic for gin based dreams and the Shoreditch Grind for a world class Espresso Martini.

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  • 4 am fried chicken – Toronto, do you do this? Please say yes? You can take the girl out of London but you can’t take the London out of the girl. #SamsChicken4Life
  • Restaurants – be still my beating tummy. I love food. London has restaurants with food from all over the actual universe to suit every budget. My favourite places include wahaca, Little Bay, Burger and Lobster, Dishoom, The Breakfast Club, Ping Pong, Murakami, the Red Dog saloon, Meat Mission, the little pizza shop round the corner from my office called the Barrel Boulangerie. (They do actually say Toronto has an INCREDIBLE food scene – so we’ll see about this one!

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Piccadilly Circus
I actually fucking hate Piccadilly Circus, the crowds make me homicidal, although I have to admit that the teeniest part of me looks at those bright lights and is all of a sudden that 18 year old girl who was so in awe of her life having just moved to the big city. I am not her anymore, but I love her and know now she will be fine.

Skyscrapers – Yeah, we aren’t New York, but London has some buff sky scrapers, often shaped like humorous objects like “gherkins” (who you kidding London? #butplug) a walkie talkie and a misc shard of glass. Getting in a lift and soaking up the view from the top floor of a London sky scraper will literally make you feel like you are on top of the world. If the city looks so small now, it can’t be so hard to conquer. Keep trying. Oh god.

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The Southbank – Hands down my favourite place in the whole of the city. My favourite weekend pastimes involve strolling from London Bridge to Waterloo via Borough Market. I love the vibrancy and smells of the market even if I am not buying food (which by the way there is plenty of!) the pubs round the Southbank are also pretty bang on and the river is just.so.pretty.

Shoreditch and Brick Lane – My area of work for over three years and home to the best vintage shops, pop up shops, pubs, restaurants, record stores, clubs and curry in London, not to mention loads of quirky art galleries. On the first Thursday of each month, if you take a walk down brick lane popping into open galleries as you go, you can get very drunk on a very short walk due to the free drinks being given away at “private” views.

Art – Be it street art or a public gallery, London has got this shit! Is there anywhere else in the world where you can see a famous Salvador Dali painting for free? The Tate Modern is the shit. End of.
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Museums – See also art. These babies are generally very free. Also, we have some excellent quirky museums such as. Yeah London, you are expensive, but it is still easy to have fun with no funds.

My Friends and Family

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My friends and family get a category ALL of their own because they are the biggest mega babes of all time and to be honest, everything above would be irrelevant to me if I didn’t have one of these people to enjoy it all with.

I am so lucky that I have a big group of friends across the UK, although most of them live in and around Cambridge, where I grew up. Somehow between the ages of 12-16 I managed to make friends with some of the loveliest girls in the universe who loved me back, even though I was a massive chav when we all started school. These girls have been there for me through thick and thin and I will never stop being thankful for knowing them.

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Similarly, I have a lovely group of close friends in London who I love and will miss sassing around with. PLUS there is a honey out there in New Zealand…does that count as something I’ll miss about the UK?! Sort of.

One of my closest “friends” has always been my sister, who is so FIRMLY on team Rebecca Jane Felgate it is crazy. I am on team Wuzle Rachel Badger Felgate Barker for LIFE. Also, she has contributed to the world for making this wonderful being, Isobel.

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MUM – oh mum. Dad, Andrew…you guys are excellent. I have my mother to thank for SO many things! ALSO Bracken….how can I go a year or so without hanging out with that beautiful black lab! Woof!

Waaaaaa. I LOVE YOU ALL! PLEASE COME VISIT ME!

ANYWAY – after all the missing, I am looking forward to living in a new city and experiencing everything Toronto has to offer Will and I. I can only hope if/when I come to leaving that place that I have a list as full as the one above, which I am sure I will!

So now…..to the airport!

XOXO

Moving to Canada