My Greatest Adventure: Moving to Canada

Back in 2011, after a year of studying in London, I chose to move to Canada and do a year as an exchange student at the University of Toronto. Before making the move I was super excited: I love change and this was an opportunity to discover a different culture and make friends in a new country!  But as the big day started to get nearer, I started to get very nervous… what if I ended up hating it?


I have to admit, moving to Canada all by myself and being one of only two exchange students at the university’s Mississauga campus was not always easy. I did get lonely at times and I missed my friends and family more than I ever had before. My grades for that year didn’t count (I just needed to pass) and everyone on campus seemed to spend all their time in the library! It was very different from what I had imagined from watching American movies set on college campuses (where are all the campus parties?!).

Despite all that, I have no regrets! This might sound cheesy, but that year I learned to be by myself and I got over some of my shyness.  I got over my fear of talking to strangers because everyone was SO SO NICE! Yep, it’s not just a myth: CANADIANS ARE SO FRIENDLY, EH?

I also got to do and see some awesome things:



The campus deer visited my back garden on a regular basis. One time, when I was having a bad day (something happened during a lecture, I think) and I was just on my way home, one of the baby deer licked my hand. I can’t tell you how excited and happy that made me.


I also got to hang out in downtown Toronto every weekend – I always describe it as being like a mini New York.




I also went to Niagara TWICE, to see the falls and to party – it’s like the Las Vegas of the North!

I also got to visit Montreal for five days. I stayed at the best hostel and met lots of fun people – all while everyone else was busy studying for December exams.


I also visited lovely Boston…


… and stayed with my friend Hannah at the very beautiful Wellesley College.


I did get tired of the snow and the cold after a few months, but I have to say that I miss those Canadian blue skies! Oh and that picture reminds me, they had the best maple glazed doughnuts in there!


I would 100% recommend studying abroad to anyone. It’s such a valuable opportunity to make amazing memories and friends, and it makes you grow so much as a person! Cheesy but true.

I wrote this post as part of the Travel Link up where people share their experiences on a topic. This month is all about adventures! Visit Emma, Angie, Andrea or Jessi to participate in the link up.

What’s your greatest adventure?

  • Cassie @ Cass Travels
    March 3, 2016

    We’ve done a reverse exchange, but so glad you loved my country πŸ™‚

  • great post! #travel linkup

  • Angie SilverSpoon
    March 3, 2016

    What a beautiful place to live!

  • Ellie - Flash & Frugal
    March 3, 2016

    This looks amazing! my whole family nearly moved to Vancouver when I was at Uni and I’m always annoyed they never did! It looks like one of the best countries to live in! xx

    • City Cookie
      March 5, 2016

      It is such a nice country, and the people are awesome! I’ve heard that Vancouver is really cool as well xx

  • Jessi @2feet1world
    March 5, 2016

    Wow how cool and I love that deer story! I always wanted to do an exchange at university but never got around to it – guess I’m making up for it now πŸ˜‰

  • Isn’t it amazing how travel changes you!?

  • Rachel
    March 6, 2016

    It’s a shame that not everyone was on the same page as you study wise, but sounds like you had a fantastic year nonetheless. I had a ‘year in industry’ as part of my degree and wasn’t able to go abroad which is something I definitely regret.

    And a baby deer licked your hand?! That would have made my week, hands down! How cute!!

    • City Cookie
      March 13, 2016

      I wish I had had a year in industry! I guess we always think the grass is greener πŸ™‚
      Studying abroad was fun but work experience would have helped with the job search after my degree.

  • Nina
    March 7, 2016

    I really enjoyed reading this post, loved the photos. I hope I will visit Canada sometime soon.

    • City Cookie
      March 13, 2016

      Thank you Nina! It’s definitely worth a visit πŸ™‚

  • Hazel Jane
    March 13, 2016

    What an amazing experience! I think moving away to a new country will always have some difficult times but it sounds like you took it in your stride and had a fantastic time πŸ™‚ Also, the deer are so cute!

    Hazel xx

    • City Cookie
      March 13, 2016

      Yes I think you will always feel a bit homesick at times, especially at the beginning! It was a fantastic experience nonetheless πŸ™‚ xx

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