"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"

The ups and downs of moving to a different country

Almost forgot about this blog again! I’ve been nursing a migraine on-and-off for the past several days, so I’ve had a lot of time to myself with my own thoughts.

It’s been a busy couple of weeks, as I try to settle into my new job and my new country. I think now that I’ve gotten a better sense of how things work in this part of the world, I’ve been trying to figure out if I regret moving across the Atlantic Ocean.

The answer is that I don’t know yet.

I don’t think I do, but there are definitely some aspects of Canada that I miss.

The top one being the higher quality living standards they have in Toronto than in London. We might have condos everywhere, and elevators rarely work, but at least we have working water, at least we have a house heating system that circulates warm air throughout the house, and at least we have citizens that have a habit of recycling!

I guess you can say that I am still trying to adjust to this country. I will never get tired of being in such close proximity to so much world history, but after living in this city for four months, you slowly start to realize why publications like The Economist rank Toronto so high up on their ‘most liveable cities’ index.

Anyway, in the meantime, I’ve been booking out-of-country vacations left and right. One of my friends here in London will be returning to Toronto at the end of the year, and she said that one of the things that she regrets the most is not travelling more within the British Isles.

So that’s my goal for the first half of 2018: Travel to Ireland, visit Scotland, and visit Wales. There are a lot of cool spots around the U.K. that are fairly close-by, so I must do so before I never get the chance again! (Who knows what will happen in the future… Maybe this is just a case of me needing to move out of my terrible house-share situation.)

I booked myself a three-day trip to Paris in December, which I’m really excited about. I haven’t spoken French for so long! Gotta work on my accent, that’s for sure. I’m also really excited to see what Paris will be like during the Christmas season. Can’t wait to see all the Christmas decorations around the city!

Also, as you can see from the featured image, my friend and I went to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child play this weekend. The story itself was a bit rushed, but the stage effects are absolutely mind-blowing; they really make you feel like you’re a part of the wizarding world! Some of them were so believable, I had actually gasped aloud at some of the stage effects. The play really makes me want a magical cape of my own! It would be loads of fun just walking in it, and seeing it billow out behind you.

Our seats weren’t great – there was a large side pole in front of our views – so my friend and I are actually considering going again. Perhaps in a year or so, I’ll consider going again.

Well, that’s it for now. Maybe I’ll come back to visit this blog again after my trip to Paris! Ta ta for now.

P.S. I miss my desktop computer and my desktop monitor. Typing on a laptop really stresses me out. How are people OK with being hunched over their desk like this? There has got to be an easy way to remember to sit up straight when using a laptop.

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