It definitely has been a while, can you believe that my last post was on July 1st?? nearly a whole 2 months…
Well, in the past couple of months a lot has changed which has sadly taken up the majority of my time, meaning that some things (including Adina’s universe) have had to take a backseat.
But all that matters now is i’m back and i’m better.
So lets get into the actual update.
Completed a year long digital media internship
Honestly, this deserves an honourable mention. Being my first real job after finishing University, I had no idea of what to expect or even how to conduct myself in a corporate environment. I didn’t even think that I would be able to last the full year for various reasons, but I did & I’m beyond proud of myself. I may not know exactly what I want to do, but it’s a step in the right direction
Ok so this one may come as a surprise as I didn’t really vocalise it to anyone, for no other reason than uncertainty. When I applied for an IEC visa for Canada, I wasn’t in a good place mentally and what does Adina do when things don’t seem to be working out? run away. Anyway, skip forward to almost 2 years later and I wasn’t 100% sure I even wanted to continue with my plans of moving. However, I knew that I would probably regret it if I didn’t, so here I am 🤷🏾♀️
Almost 2 weeks in and trust me the homesickness is real. I’m not too sure how long I’ll be staying out here, but i’m beyond grateful to have been given the opportunity regardless of how things pan out.
I was super nervous to be flying on my own, so naturally, when I landed in Toronto, It completely slipped my mind to let the immigration officer know that I needed to activate my IEC visa. This is basically a document that allows you to work and live in Canada for up to 2 years.
** I’ll either create a video or a post on here with more information on how to apply for the IEC Visa**
After around an hour of stressing & fighting back the tears, after being told by the immigration officer that I wouldn’t be able to activate my visa. I managed to sort it all out and leave the airport with my 2 year IEC.
‘Ey’ – This was the first thing I noticed upon arrival.
No matter where you are in Canada, (in my case Mississauga and Toronto) I’m telling you, this word will haunt you for days, if not weeks. I’ve been back in the UK for like a month now, yet I can still hear it echoing at night.
Anyway, let me get down to business and give you my 4 things to do on a budget in Toronto.
1. Grafitti Alley
Discovered on my Instagram explore page, Graffiti alley is just that; a small alleyway in downtown Toronto covered from top to bottom in…you guessed it, graffiti. My suggestion would be to go before it gets dark out, as I didn’t notice any street lights & the area seemed to be a little dodgy. The alley was flooded with photographers and models when I visited so I would say its a very photographable (is this a word?) location, just make sure to crop out the garbage bags.
Price = $0
2. Toronto sign – queen street west
You cannot travel all the way to Toronto and not take a picture of/with this sign. As generic as it may seem, it is a great way to pass the time & people watch. just in front, there is a flight of stairs which brings you to a bridge overlooking the sign and the traffic (both people & vehicles) below.
Price = $0
3. Shark club sports bar and grill
Located just outside the Eaton Centre on Yonge Street, stands the Shark club sports bar and grill. The atmosphere combined with the food makes this a good all-rounder, perfect for casual dinner dates. The menu is pretty extensive as far as menus go. I’m a really fussy eater, yet I managed to find a few things that met my dietary requirements. Given its central location and amazing view, it’s surprising that shark club sports and bar grill does not burn a hole in your wallet.
Price = $40 (2 course inc a drink/on average)
4. Niagara Falls
Ok, so Niagara Falls isn’t actually in Toronto, but who would I be if I didn’t add it to the list.
However much it costs is down to you, you could visit Niagara and not spend a penny or you could go all out and break the bank. In my case, the only thing I spent on was souvenirs. (If you’re looking for a souvenir shop, there is one in the Eaton centre which is pretty inexpensive).
The side streets towards Niagara are filled with various excursions such as; haunted houses, 5D cinemas & many more. Unfortunately, I didn’t take advantage of this, but it is most definitely on the cards for next time.
Honestly, I cannot describe just how beautiful the Falls are, the pictures definitely don’t do it justice. It’s one of those things that you need to see in person, even add it to your bucket list if need be.
As I went in September, it was quite cold and misty, so we didn’t spend long and I wasn’t about to risk my cameras getting wet.
If you bring your passport with you, you can always walk across the bridge to New York. It’s crazy to see just how close 2 separate countries really are.
So there you have it, my top 4 things to do in Toronto, wasn’t too sure on how to structure this post so I hope this was ok 🙂
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my time in Canada, it was amazing to meet family members I never even knew I had, and just to experience life as a Canadian.
A trip to Canada has been long overdue, I’m talking years!! September was the month that trip came into fruition. However, it was my first long haul flight alone. If you’re up to date with my blog you’ll already know that I suffer from social anxiety, so getting ready for this trip was definitely a struggle. There were so many sleepless nights and thoughts about me cancelling my ticket, not caring if I were to lose all the money I had saved up.
In hindsight, I was probably being a tad irrational and over dramatic but hey ho, what’s new. With my bags packed (last minute of course), my vlogging camera at the ready and the obligatory panic attack whilst going through security, I was starting to look forward to my new adventure.
A few months prior, I had made a list of everything I planned to do in Toronto, in order to get some quality footage for my vlog. Failing to prepare = Preparing to fail…right? Well not in this case. I had prepared so much that I felt quite annoyed with myself when nothing I had actually prepared for came into passing. On a positive note, that just means that the next time I go back, I have a long list of things to tick off.
Throughout my stay, I was based in Mississauga (Alexa play Break from Toronto by PartyNextDoor) My aunt was turning 50 and throwing a party to celebrate this momentous occasion, so the first few days of my trip were helping to run errands whilst also meeting new family members. This was quite daunting to begin with, but everyone was super nice and welcoming.
Toronto is just a whole new vibe. There are aspects similar to London, as there is with pretty much any city, yet it still felt very dissimilar at the same time. Prior to writing this post I was just going to throw my whole account of Canada in here but it may get pretty lengthy, so I will make a start on a separate post of what I specifically got up to and include some pictures too.
Now I’ve come to the end of this blog post, i’m not too sure what my intended purpose was, but at least it gives both you & I a feel of what is to come 🙂
There’s just something so satisfying about exploring the different corners of the world & interacting with those belonging to different cultures and backgrounds. The only this is I don’t do enough of it…
If it was up to me (and my bank account of course) I’d be on a plane every 2 weeks, gong on new adventures & meeting new people. Unfortunately for me it doesn’t work like that but hopefully one day it will be my reality 🙏🏾
Where would you like to visit?
But if I had to chose one place in this current moment it would be Bali! From what I’ve seen, Bali is my dream destination. It just looks like a place where you’d go to escape from the hardships of everyday life. So peaceful. So calm.
Where would you like to live?
For the longest time I’ve this obsession of living in Canada. I’ve never been but I would definitely move there in a heartbeat. My earliest memory of this obsession started back when the first Twilight movie came out. I remember swearing that one day I would go to Canada to go on a “twilight tour” (yes they actually exist) to pretend as though I was in the movie 😂.
I would also love to live in Italy on more of a short term basis, mainly to familiarise myself with the language.
Where would you like to visit or potentially live one day? Comment & let me know ☺️