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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