Downtown Toronto


I will always remember the first time I came to Toronto.

It was in 2002, after our crazy long trip from Mexico to Brazil. I had never been to North America before and I wanted to see Canada, so I flew back to Toronto with Feng. It was February and I didn’t have any warm clothes after a few months in Latin America. The only jacket I had was a thin leather jacket I had bought in Argentina during the Peso crisis. Feng had warned me: it was going to be cold.

We flew from Rio de Janeiro to Houston, and then from Houston to Toronto. I stood in the airport’s arrival lounge for a few minutes mustering the courage to step out. It didn’t look that cold.

I walked outside and started to cough. The air was so dry and the wind was so cold it felt as though I had walked right into a giant freezer. My skin was burning and I couldn’t keep my hands out of my pockets for more than two seconds. We took the subway and walked to an hostel. Later that night, we had a North American style meal in a small dinner. It smelled of wood and coffee. I loved it.

We walked around in the Eaton Center, had a coffee at Starbucks, spotted fun graffitis and observed people. A few days later, we had taken the Greyhound to Ottawa.

Every time I go to Toronto, it reminds me of my first time in Canada. Back then, I had no clue I would eventually immigrate there, and then become Canadian. Funny how life turns out sometimes.

The Eaton Center

The Eaton Center

Shopping Around Boxing Day

Bay Street

Bay Street

Bay Street

The CN Tower

Building Buildings...

Canadian Multiculturalism: French and Chinese Restaurants

Underground Passages

The Crashed Car

Mailboxes With Postal Codes

Mailboxes With Postal Codes


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French woman in English Canada. World citizen, new mom, traveler, translator, writer and photographer. Looking for comrades to start a new revolution.


  1. You just brought back some sweet childhood memories for me. I love Eaton Center and Bay and York Sts. and Eddie’s Warehouse (restaurant), the Plaza II hotel (with the swimming pool on the top floor)…

    I must make it back there again when we go up and visit the falls.

    Thanks for sharing all these great photos, too! They’re awesome!
    .-= Ily´s last blog ..misery loves company =-.

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