We arrived in Toronto late on Wednesday and made our first mistake by not tipping the taxi driver which is apparently expected here, but we did have a good excuse of being totally oblivious to these customs. Claudie (our airbnb host's mum) was at our accommodation to greet us and was very nice helping us settle in. The next few days we took pretty easy as it's the first time we've stopped since Christmas, but we did manage to do the following:
- Sign up to the Toronto University gym. It has epic facilities and Matt has been there everyday since!
- Walked to the business district, set up our phones, found a huge outdoor shop for Matt and visited Walmart.
- Claudie met up with us on Sunday and took us out for brunch at a really tastey Jewish place. We then went to the Royal Ontario Museum and checked out the first nation, gemstone and dinosaur exhibits which was pretty interesting. Claudie visits the museum frequently and has a great knowledge of Canada's history so it was great to have her as our tour guide.
- Went to the Blue Jays vs New York Yankees baseball match which was awesome and Matt has already arranged to go to the Boston Red Sox game on Sunday.
Our initial impression of Toronto is that it is an awesome city! Shops sell everything and are open late (sometimes 24 hours a day) and on Sunday's which has become a foreign concept for us having lived in Norway for the last 18 months. There are black squirrels everywhere which has fascinated Matt and everyone is really nice to strangers. On a number of occassions we've queued in the wrong line or another counter has opened up and instead of people pushing infront of you, they have let you know that it's your turn to go. There also seems to be a lot on, for example on the night we went to the baseball Mumford and Sons were also playing. It's also a city with a lot of different cultures which makes it really exciting. It has probably also helped that it's been sunny most days and the temperature is really mild, however everyone has warned us that winters are miserable and that we should expect freezing conditions (negative 10 degrees and worse). Fingers crossed we find jobs once our visas come through so we can stick around a bit longer!