04, 04, 2016

Getting to know my city again

They say travel opens your mind to new opinions and ideas. I admit, before I ever had any interest in learning about new cultures and places I was stuck in a bubble. In this bubble I thought only my city was the best there was and that I couldn’t see myself living elsewhere. But once I was old enough to hop on my first airplane alone, my world had changed forever.

Everything that I thought I had set in stone for myself and future had me second guessing if it’s really what I wanted. As my curiosity grew so did my interest in exploring and adapting to new cultures and lifestyles. I started to compare my city to the ones I traveled or spent time in that I started to point out every single flaw there was. Since I tasted the world on more than just the tip of my tongue, I had lost a lot of appreciation for the place I was born in.

Over the last long weekend I took the time to stroll around to find some inspiration again. I put myself in a tourist state of mind so that I looked with my eyes and not with my routine mind of what Toronto is. I saw lots of colour, individualism, creativity, ruggedness, and of course lots of beer! Toronto is definitely one of those cities that don’t have obvious signs of it’s beauty at first glance, and is rather made for those who are willing to discover the uniqueness for themselves. It’s a city not everyone understands but for those who take the time to explore it end up loving it all to bits and pieces.

Despite my awkward relationship with this city I still love it and I’ll always call it home no matter where I end up.

Has this ever happened to you, and what do you love about the city you grew up in?

24 responses to “Getting to know my city again”

  1. Rach says:

    I totally feel ya. Sometimes I feel like I’m stuck in a funk and need a little inspo from my city. After all, I also live in one the coolest cities. To get the inspo again, I just take a walk around the neighborhood and fall in love with the charm! I also love Toronto. I always have a great time when I visit!


    • Stacey says:

      I guess we all get into this funk but someone overcome it once we see how amazing our cities are! I’ve only been to Chicago once but I freaking loved it! Your people and especially food were very spot on <3

  2. It’s so lovely to see Toronto from someone else’s perspective. I feel like the city is so big and ever-changing that it would take years to discover everything!

    • Stacey says:

      True, every time when I think I already explored something and saw it all in this city it surprises me with something new again! It’s kinda cool how unpredictable Toronto is 🙂

  3. Such lovely pics! Toronto is such a beautiful place and it’s so nice to see and hear about it from someone else’s perspective. I have lived here for years and still don’t know the city very well. You’re totally right, I need to put myself in a tourist state of mind to really see what an amazing city this place is.
    Really lovely post. Thanks for sharing! xo


    • Stacey says:

      The thing I find with Toronto is that there just isn’t exciting things happening all the time like other cities. Here I go comparing again but well if we had a bit more happening I think it could be a very fun city! It could also be that we have such long winters where nobody really wants to go out anyways I guess lol

  4. Pablo Parra (Fungi) says:

    ¡Hola! Me encantaron las fotos, definitivamente te dan ganas de guardarlas en tus boards de Pinterest e invitan a visitar este lugar. Mucha gente me ha hablado maravillas de Canadá, su gente y sus ciudades, es una cosa que tengo pendiente en mi lista de viajes! Por cierto, me gusta mucho tu visión sobre viajar y conocer nuevas culturas, definitivamente es la mejor inversión en esta vida.

    Muchos abrazos desde Barcelona 🙂

    • Stacey says:

      Muchos gracias Pablo! Canadá es un país muy grande por lo que no he explorado todos. Si alguna vez visita Canadá, debe agregar Toronto y Montreal a su lista de viajes!

  5. Nerdy Maria says:

    I can relate so much. I was born in a kind of bigger city in a small country and always felt like I wanted to get out of it and just explore it. Then I started seeing that my hometown is such a wonderful place. It is full of life and fun and the people are very welcoming too 🙂 And speaking about Toronto, it looks like a very beautiful and nice city to visit! x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

    • Stacey says:

      That’s great you saw all the wonderful things in your hometown despite it all! I’m still trying to find a medium ground with my city but for the most part it ain’t bad 😛

  6. Fionna Cheuk says:

    i feel the same way about this! i’ve always said i should explore my own city a little more because it’s a place where everyone wants to go and there’s still so much for me to see. been venturing out more and trying more things out. this is cute!


  7. Dominique says:

    I’m currently going through it with London so this post was like reading my mind! I’ve never been to Toronto but your photos make me want to. Maybe we should do a city swap! xx


    • Stacey says:

      Omg I would be soooo down to do a city swap! Hahah
      But well I guess when you were in one place for most of your life it’s easy to not see it as anything special anymore. I hope in time you fall in love with London again, perhaps you need a date with your city 😉

  8. esmeerodrigo says:

    I found your blog by instagram today and your pictures are incredible! I love your writing style

  9. Lauren says:

    Love these photos! You captured so many beautiful things!

    xo Lauren

  10. Rams says:

    I have never been to Toronto, I would love to visit after seeing all these beautiful places..Great clicks…


  11. Shannon says:

    Great pictures, great idea! Our perspective changes everything!!

  12. Ah I loved seeing photos of Toronto, especially because I’m headed there later this year and it’s my very first time in Canada!


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