Today is our last day in Toronto. Danny's last day of Fellowship, our last day living downtown, our last day in the hustle and bustle of it all.
It's rather bittersweet I might say. We knew our time here was temporary but we still tried our darndest to make it feel like our home for the past year. So today I'm feeling rather nostalgic looking back at all that has happened and saying goodbye.
Goodbye Toronto. Goodbye gorgeous sky-high view of the city and water. I'll miss watching the planes and boats and busses and birds and clouds. Goodbye streetcars, subway trains, honking traffic, fire-engines and ambulances roaring down the street every half hour. Goodbye to watching helicopters land just blocks away from our home. Goodbye construction noise and cranes that changed our landscape by the week.
Goodbye to our colourful and wonderfully diverse neighbourhood that offered us with endless eateries, museums, coffee shops and crowded grocery stores. Goodbye to the many lovely people who held the door open for this new mom with her stroller and to the interesting folks who said 'it would be okay if her baby was on drugs because he's so cute.'
Goodbye to our condo - to Ben's first home. We enjoyed time by the pool and up on the rooftop terrace with new friends. Goodbye to our concierge who were amongst our first familiar faces in this foreign city. Goodbye neighbours who never closed their blinds at night and provided us with plenty of eye-brow raising moments. Goodbye to the ill-placed fire alarm that went off every. single. time. I opened the oven door. You, my noisy friend, definitely won't be missed.
We celebrated a year's worth of birthdays and holidays here and even tried our hand at entertaining (despite very limited seating options). We enjoyed exploring and showing off the many things our city had to offer including the horrible traffic jams often endured to get there.
It wasn't always easy and there were plenty of challenges along the way but I'm so glad for our time here. I'll look back with (mostly) fond memories. It was a good year, no, a great year.
Until next time.