Yes, I'm an ex-pat from NY and LA. I came to Toronto to work on a TV show for what was supposed to be an 8 month contract. 24 years later I'm still here. And I love it.
I can hear everyone saying, "She must be crazy! Why would she leave sunshine and ocean and year-round flowers for snow and ice and more snow?" Well, the truth is, I like it here. Yes, it gets cold; this winter has been brutal and here it is May 1st and it's still really cold. And, no, I never really get used to it, but there are so many other great things about this city that you find yourself overlooking your red nose and frozen fingers.
Toronto is a world class city. Forget what you've heard about our mayor. The people here are smart, funny and friendly. The restaurants are amazing. The schools turn out incredibly accomplished young men and women. Toronto has trees and parks and a Great Lake. Miles and miles of bike and walking paths. We have Broadway shows. The Toronto Film Festival. And a basketball team in the playoffs as I write. Museums, Art Galleries, Ballet and Opera.
And, yes, we love our hockey, football, baseball and ... curling.
So if you're thinking of relocating or being transferred by your office, don't worry. We don't live in igloos or use dog sleds to get around. Toronto is a very civilized city. There are so many lovely, different neighborhoods. (or neighbourhoods)
Come to Toronto and find out what you've been missing. And let me know if you need help. I speak both languages: the American side of me speaks English and the Torontonian side of me speaks... English. I can help you find a place to live, whether it's short-term rental or buying a home. In fact, I have a rental unit that's available on July 1st. But even if you just want information or help with anything at all, get in touch. I'd be very glad to help my fellow ex-pats!
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