I’m sitting in an artsy little cafe on Queen Street with a piece of cheesecake and a green tea doing a crossword puzzle. I feel relaxed and happy. There is a jazz band playing composed of the typical Torontonian starving artists and the cello mixed with the soft cafe conversations sound better than any of the music on my iPod. Work is far far away and seems like its something I did in a past lifetime. Right now, nothing else exists. Except of course, this delicious slice of cake, my steamy green tea, my crossword and the most peaceful feeling of complete contentment.
Just a few hours(read: weeks) before this moment, I felt like I was at the end of my rope. It amazed me how much spending just so much so as an hour in the city made me feel like none of my problems were as big as I made them out to be.
In light of this, I realised something. It was here in this busy, bustling concrete jungle that I came for peace and inspiration…ironically enough. The city was what made me pull out all the cliches in the book about being inspired. And after 6 years, I still knew very little about it.
So I’m going to make this short, sweet and simple. I have one year from now until July 22nd, 2011 before my work visa expires. After this date, I have to leave Toronto and all of the friends and memories I’ve made here over the past 6 years. I have decided that for the next year, I am going to make a serious effort to explore my inspirational happy place. Every weekend, I will leave all the worries and frustrations of work, immigration and the future in my kooky little appartment to go in search of the delightful little cafes, bistros, bakeries, bars, pubs, restaurants, concerts and cultural events that Toronto is so famous for. I will make this last year count.
And to document this year, I have decided to start up another blog which I’m really hoping will inspire my Toronto friends to join me and my non-Toronto friends to come visit! This current blog “Flats and a Starbucks Coffee” will still be there, although I’m not sure how often I will be updating it. Lets face it, bitching about work is getting a little old. The new blog should be up and running hopefully by next week.
Just so you know though, I don’t want to leave Canada. So I’m in the process of getting a lawyer so I can stay here for hopefully a lot longer than the one year I have left.
Thank you all for taking the time to read my posts and for all your comments and encouragment for this blog. I’m not closing it at all but I do hope you check out the new blog when it goes up.
I love you all,