My first time in Toronto

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 🙂

Day 14: what’s your earliest memory?

I haven’t the greatest memory at all, the majority of my so-called “memories” are actually based around the photos I’ve seen.

However I would say that my earliest memory would be when I was aged around 4… My primary school closed down in middle of the school year & all the others weren’t taking any new students. So I was sent to Grenada to live with my Grandparents until I was able to get into a school in the UK.

I was only in Grenada for around 6ish months, I used to get dropped off in the morning by my Grandad & then get the bus back home by myself.

It was around this time that we got a dog called Topsy (RIP), he was literally the best dog in the world. Whenever I’d come home he’d be waiting eagerly for me by the gate, ready to jump into my arms ❤️

I vaguely remember making friends with a girl called Gemma but that’s about it really. When I came back to London I had a thick Grenadian accent which even my parents failed to understand.

So yeah I guess that’s that’s the earliest memory I have….

Adina

Day 13: where would you like to visit/live one day?

If you know me then you know I love to travel.

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?

Honestly, Everywhere

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 ☺️

Adina

I left my heart in Milan 

Since taking a year long Italian class whilst studying for my degree; It has been a dream of mine to travel to Italy & put my language skills into practice. That dream finally came true towards the end of summer 2017. Milan was everything I expected it to be and more, from the amazing pasta to the beautiful architecture, it was almost surreal.

The Milan Cathedral known locally as “Duomo Cathedral” is absolutely breathtaking, it took an astonishing 6 centuries to build. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the inside of the cathedral but it is definitely on the cards for next time. Unbelievably,  Duomo is even more beautiful at night than it is in the day,  the floor spotlights paired with the live music help to create somewhat of an atmospheric vibe, which instantly puts you into a better mood.

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Duomo Cathedral

Whilst on our travels, we had the opportunity to visit Lake Como which took about two hours by train. Many of the buildings remained unscathed by tourism, with an abundance of small family businesses and great views, I felt as through I had travelled back in time. This is where I began to fall in love with Italy, I started to plan and restructure my life around the possibility of returning and starting a new life in this beautiful country.

Skip forward 3 months later, I’m typing this from my living room in the UK, I haven’t made the move or even been back to Italy, however I hope this will be a possibility one day in the future.

Adina xo

WooHah 2017 

One thing to note about me is that I love to experience live music.

There is just something about seeing your favourite artist/s that you listened to in the small confined space of your room, on a huge stage not only performing to you but to the thousands of fans in the audience.

My first ever concert I attended was Avril Lavigne, when I was just 8 years of age. I’m not really sure how I stumbled across her music but thank God I did! As I’ve grown over the years, my appreciation for a variation of Genres have grown also. I have been to over 10 concerts within the last few years, from Drake to Justin Bieber to Paramore (January 2018!! I can’t wait).

With that being said, it comes as a shock that I haven’t been to much festivals in my life time.

After missing out on WooHah in 2016 due to being a broke student (lol) I made a promise to myself that I would most definitely attend the year after. I am pleased to say I did just that. WooHah was most definitely one of the best experiences of my life. The atmosphere was just so relaxed and chilled, much different to the Wirless festival in London.

My main highlights of the 2 day festival was seeing Princess Nokia and Travis Scott perform live. Both sets were equally mind blowing, with the artists diving into the crowd and giving the best performance they could ever give. It was truly a delight to see Travis re enact his lyrics & kick the camera man of his stage!!

I have posted a vlog on my YouTube channel documenting my WooHah experience which I will link below:

WooHah Festival 2017
Adina Ribena