There are so many differences between Italy and Canada. When you think of these two countries, you probably have two completely different ideas in mind. The first one has a lot of very old buildings, the second one is very modern. One is a small country and very populated, the other one is huge and full of inhabited land. In Italy around 90% of the population is Italian, Canada is much more diverse. Italy is very well known for good weather, a beautiful seaside, and food. Before living in Canada, all that I’ve heard people saying about this country was that winter was cold up here.
During the holidays, I went back home after almost a whole year of living abroad. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I had the time of my life. It was so good to reunite with family and friends. I’ve enjoyed their company in a way that it wasn’t possible for me before.
I wanted to share with you my thoughts about leaving my hometown and then coming back for a short visit. I was planning to write about my goals and resolutions as my first 2018 post, but I felt this was more appropriate as the things I learned during this little trip back home will guide me through the new year.
By living more than 6,000km away from home, I’ve learned a thing or two about myself and life in general. A year ago I left thinking that I would never go back to Italy. I immediately felt at home in Toronto: I made new friends, I was doing good in school, and after a while I found a decent job. But then, I started thinking that maybe I could have had all of that at home too. I was missing my family and my friends so much. So I decided to go home for Christmas. I had high hopes and expectations for this trip. I really needed to understand a few things.
I cannot believe I have been living abroad for almost a year. Seriously, where did the time go? And I cannot believe I haven’t posted anything during this year. I started this blog a couple of months before moving to Toronto and my goal was to share my adventures here. But, as I learned, living on your own, going to school full-time while working, and trying to take good care of yourself don’t leave you with a lot of free time on your hands. I just started to feel like I can comfortably manage everything, so I decided to give this blog another try.
During the past twelve months, I’ve learned a lot of life lessons. I’ve been living on my own, far away from home for the first time in my life. Living abroad had taught me so much about myself and life in general.
I can’t believe I’ve been here in Canada for almost a month already. And I still can’t believe I have already completed two whole weeks of classes. It feels like I had my orientation just yesterday.
I like it here so much. It is all that I expected, but also all that I didn’t expect. It’s been such an amazing experience so far and I can’t wait to find out what comes next.
As I told you in my previous post, I celebrate my birthday last week. I’ve had a great time and cool and useful gifts. This, and the fact that the holiday season is almost here, inspired me to write a gift guide, a list of gift ideas for students studying abroad.
I’ve always dreamed about moving abroad. When I was a little girl I had the usual American dream almost everyone has around here. Then, when I was in high school, I decided I wanted to live in Canada in the future. Everything seemed so much better over there. And seeing how things are going right now, I couldn’t be happier with the country I’ve chosen.
Everyone has a different reason for wanting to move away from their home country. But ultimately it’s because we want more: we want new adventures, we want better adventures.
I can’t believe I’m actually writing this post. I was thinking about starting a new blog for the longest time and now it finally feels like it’s the right time to do it. I’m starting this blog about living and studying abroad because by the end of the year I will be living and studying in Toronto and I have a lot of things I want to share about this.