I work at the University of Toronto. A big part of my job involves traveling the world recruiting international students. I love to tack on extra days to my work trips to get to experience the cities and countries I visit.
Usually, I try to book accommodations that are walkable, and have a lot going on in the neighbourhood (local shops, coffee, friendly and not-so-friendly bars). For work, I stay in hotels (because they pay for it). I try to book in interesting neighbourhoods, but I usually default back to convenience. When I travel on my own, I like to get off the main drags, and try to see the parts of the city that make my love my own city so much. I'm always encouraging tourists in Toronto to get off Yonge St, and get themselves west of Ossington. :)
I love to check out vintage furniture/art shops, grabbing a drink on a patio, and trying to experience the city as its locals do. I'm also a big fan of super touristy activities. I love taking double-decker bus tours or boat tours. I think it's a great way to get my bearings in a city.
I'm super quiet when traveling on my own, and tend to keep to myself. That being said, I'm also very open to chatting and sharing fun travel stories, and hearing about why the city I'm in is the best place to be. I love living in Toronto (I'm from western Canada originally), but I also like to dream about living abroad.
My favorite city (so far) is probably Amsterdam. I love the history, the canals, and the people. I love to float down the canals in the evening, and see all the beautifully designed apartments. It always amazes me that all those people can design like that, or can afford to have someone do it for them.
Honourable mentions go to Berlin, Moscow, anywhere in Thailand (that I've visited so far), Montreal, and New York City.
This year, I'm looking forward to traveling to China for the first time, and to seeing St. Petersburg.
That's a little about me!
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