Living here, whether you like it or not, whether intentionally or not, you’ll start taking pictures of the Toronto skyline every other week. Trust me. Those big skyscrapers are definitely irresistible and seem to look different with every change of weather or season. You’ll soon learn to distinguish between the many styles and moods of the Toronto skyline, and it just may become your friend. I have many inner dialogues with the Toronto skyline. I call it Bob.
Toronto is a great place to live if you like crowded and diverse cities that are bustling and full of energy, but also very friendly. It’s also great if you don’t mind the extremely low temperatures in the winter and the short and precious summer. But people here find a way to make do.
For example, I don’t know if you know this, but brunch is very popular here. I’m not talking about a Sunday brunch because you slept late after a wild Saturday night, or if you just had a lazy Sunday morning and decided to lay in – brunch in Toronto has a life of its own. It’s like a deity here and people take it very seriously. Plus, it’s a chance to try some delicious food from cuisines from all over the world, because, like I said, Toronto is very diverse, and we have different food from different cultures.
My favorite is the Danish smørrebrød (open sandwich), and have it nearly every day at work. Sometimes I think that when I have that for brunch, I write better codes, haha. One downside is that Toronto has very hard water. Nothing helps unless you measure it and then decide on your solution (learn how at https://tanklesscenter.net/measuring-hard-water). I buy my drinking water, but sometimes I use a pitcher water filter for cooking soups or for tea.
Finding an affordable flat can be a challenge, though. The housing situation here has always been a struggle whether you’re renting or buying, you should take note of this. So just research thoroughly about the area you want to move in and really evaluate your situation, and start from there. You could move into a more affordable area at first and then move up. It’s actually how I started. I never thought I’d like in a big skyscraper, but here I am.
And in the end, if you do move here, be prepared for a lot of cultural trips and a lot of nature!