Canada, week 1


Subtitle:  Holy Crap, This Is Actually Happening

Hello from Hamilton!


I’ve only been here a week, but it feels like longer than that.  So much has happened already.  To be honest, I’m not entirely sure how to sum up this week in a blog post, but here are some highlights:

The moment I landed in Toronto:


This is the face of someone who has no idea how frickin’ long she’ll spend getting past immigration and customs at Pearson…

Super cushy hotel room:


Shoutout to my parents for putting me up here until I moved into my apartment.

The best pillow ever, which is a throw pillow rather than a proper bed pillow but see if I care:

Screenshot (September 5, 2016 1-16 PM)


Sights of the week: there are a lot of beautiful little churches in my neighborhood. Weirdly, that more than anything makes this place feel like home. I live across the street from this one:


And these two are just up Cline Ave.



There are two Jewish temples near my apartment as well. This is one of them, Temple Anshe Sholom.


Also, another thing I’ve noticed while out and about:  black-furred squirrels!  What’s with that?

Coffee of the week:  My Dog Joe.  One of two coffee shops in Westdale Village, an easy walk from my apartment.  I hung out there briefly this morning and did some reading.


You know, just a little light reading.

Food of the week:  Williams Fresh Cafe, five minutes from my apartment, across from the McMaster Children’s Hospital.  It has the vibe of a First Watch but the menu selection of a Whole Foods deli.  I’m in love.

Music of the week:

I also stumbled on a concert during WestFest (again, in Westdale Village) on Saturday night, and I pretty much discovered my new favorite band.  Busty and the Bass, a nine-piece act from Montreal, reminds me a lot of Deluxe.  Here’s just one track they played at WestFest…

Tomorrow is the first day of classes for undergrads, but I don’t start classes till the 12th.  I have to get some pretty crucial errands done, but I plan to cram as much adventure as I possibly can into the next week.  At least one art museum, the McMaster campus itself, probably Toronto on Wednesday, Supercrawl on Friday… it’s going to be a jam-packed week.  Till next time!

9 thoughts on “Canada, week 1

  1. Lynn Dawson

    Hey Whitney! Glad to hear from you! I was wondering how your adventure was going. Have a great week – can’t wait to hear about it. Lynne

    • Hi Lynne!! I’d honestly been meaning to send that email for a whole week and life kept getting in the way, ha. I’ve been having a fantastic week, though! Next week’s recap is going to be chock full of excitement 🙂

  2. Did you subscribe? If you view–well, any page, I think, but for sure the home page, there should be a teensy little dark gray button in the bottom right corner of the page. Hover over it and it should expand, revealing a field where you can input your email address. Then you’ll be notified by email every time I post. 🙂

    • Lynne Dawson

      I did, but maybe it’s a firewall thing. Anyway, I saw week 2 and 3. Sounds like you are having an amazing time. I’m very happy for you.

      • Quite possibly. The emails might have ended up in your spam folder, who knows.
        Oh, I’m having a wonderful time!! It’s hard to believe it’s been less than a month since I got here–I’ve done so much and seen so much already. If this is what my first month is like, the year is going to be unbelievable. 🙂

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