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O’ Canada…!

Hiya!

Last Fall I lived in Toronto and it was awesome! I spent my exchange semester exploring Canada, enjoying maple syrup, meeting new people and having lots of fun. Oh, and I also studied, haha! I attended to OCAD (Ontario’s College of Art and Design) which is by the way largest art and design school in North America. OCAD was huge and it offered a lot of interesting courses which were pretty different compared to my school back in Finland. Wow.

OCAD
My school; OCAD.

I arrived in Toronto at the end of the August. I remember my first two thoughts: I was amazed by tall buildings and people being so polite even towards strangers. I heard that Canada’s climate can be very close to Finland’s, so I was surprised to find out how summer kept going on for two more months. People started to consider using jackets maybe in the middle of October. I have to admit – at first I was really excited but then I started to miss chilly, autumnish weathers too.

My exchange semester went by very fast. I was busy with school but every weekend I discovered new parts of the city and tried something different – whether it was a Korean restaurant or a road trip to the northern parts of Ontario. Overall, these exchange studies were amazing and I’m never going to forget my fun experiences with all my new friends. I think I left part of me in Toronto.

But enough babbling! Pictures tell more than thousand words… eh?

(The quality of pictures varies; I used my smart phone, film camera and disposable cameras since I don’t own a digital camera.)

snails
I lived in China Town so these specialities were pretty ordinary. Yummy.
My home street. (I used film camera for this shot, the reason for being black and white.)
My home street. (I used film camera for this shot, the reason for being black and white.)
To be a decent tourist, I just had to see Niagara Falls.
To be a decent tourist, I just had to see Niagara Falls.
POUTINE. My ultimately favourite Canadian dish. If you ever have a chance to try poutine, just do it!
POUTINE. My ultimately favourite Canadian dish. If you ever have a chance to try poutine, just do it!
I used disposable camera here as well but as you can see Canada's nature is as magnificent as in Finland! All the colours, wow.
I used disposable camera here as well but as you can see Canada’s nature is as magnificent as in Finland! All the colours, wow.
Happy Halloween! It was obviously a bigger deal than in Finland.
Happy Halloween! It was obviously a bigger deal than in Finland.

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maple

toronto

Oh Toronto, I’m going to miss you so much!