Ahhh… It’s Day 21 of my 23 days of travel, and I have to say: it feels so good to be back in British Columbia. No matter how many times I fly from Toronto to Victoria, the smell of the air when you step off the plane is always a surprise. When you grow up on the island, you don’t realize how clean the air is – and it’s not until you leave and come back that you appreciate the smell of salt water in the breeze. I love it.
Even though I’m happy to be almost-home, I have to say this past trip to Toronto was one of my favourites so far. For starters, let’s talk about some of the food I shared with people: like the post-brunch donuts with Melissa, pizza + gelato with Jess, and burgers + bacon, fudge and sea salt smoothies with Preet. (Yes, that’s a real thing… and it was delicious!) I also came close to licking a bowl of pasta clean, when I met long-time commenter Dayle for dinner. I watched Erik eat “the Caker” at Hazel’s Diner, when I had breakfast with the social media team from ING DIRECT Canada. And then the RateHub.ca team had lunches at Fresh and Sprout (best pho at Yonge/St. Clair), and one dinner at Sabai Sabai. I’m getting hungry again, just remembering it all!
Aside from all the good food, though, it was just so nice to see my co-workers and friends again. Four months is the longest stretch I’ve had between visits, since I moved back to BC, and it felt like too long. The good news is that it looks like I’ll be in Toronto for work every 2-3 months going forward! That gives me just enough time to go on a clean eating diet, workout and prep for my next visit / restaurant tour. ; )
The low of my week was having my ear pop on my flight home last night. It happened in the last 20 minutes of the flight and was so incredibly painful… I hope the ringing is gone, by the time you read this.
The high of my week was walking through Random House of Canada, to meet with some friends in another office, and walking out with a stack of new books. (Thanks again, M & S!) When I was in my early 20s, I used to dream of moving to Toronto and working for Random House; it was so cool to walk through their space and just see shelves upon shelves of books they’ve published.
A blog post I loved was Should You Give It Away for Free? Nicole’s post had some good follow-up points to what I was trying to say in Monday’s post (and she even interviewed me for it!).
The best money I spent was probably $3 for the donuts you can see in the top left corner of this picture. Actually, I’ll say that + the $4 almond milk latte I ordered with it. (If you haven’t had brunch at The Steady, I suggest you go soon.)
My plans this weekend include taking a vacation day today, so I can get a bunch of errands done, before hosting my girlfriend’s bachelorette party tomorrow! Then I’ll squeeze in a visit with the fam on Sunday morning, before catching an afternoon ferry home. I can’t wait to sleep in my own bed!
How was your week? What are you up to this weekend?