#3BritsInThe6ixForever!

Our Journey was coming to an end. As each day, week, and month had passed, we realized that we were getting closer, and closer to the day that we were all dreading for many reasons.

Our bond was so strong, we had held each other up during tough times, whether it be home sickness, jobs, Toronto life, or men!

Tereska had told us that she had booked her ticket to return home for the first time since moving to Canada, on March 31st, then it all became too real that we would no longer be doing this journey here in Toronto together.

Amy and I had decided to apply for a Permanent Resident card (which is the equivalent of a US Green Card.) Amy always knew that she wanted to stay in Canada, but I was always unsure as my intentions were always to do the two years, and then go ‘home’ back to London, England.

I always battled with what I wanted to do, but would always tell myself ‘just do it and give yourself the option’ and would leave it as that, until something would come up to make me wonder if Canada is where I really want to be?

Amy and I ended up applying for our PR. Amy applied first, and then she and Monique helped me with mine, when I finally made the decision to apply.

The day had come, it was March 31st, the day we had all been dreading, Tereska was leaving for London, England.

Amy, Tereska and I had made a pact to see her off at the airport. We knew it was going to be waterworks, but we had to see this through til the end.

I had spent the day with Tereska watching her clear out and pack up 2 years of items accumulated. Amy then turned up. We held hands whilst I prayed for us and for whats to come, we cried, we hugged and then we made our way to the airport.

We got to Toronto Pearson Airport where Tereska’s check-in was pretty straight forward, and the security line was non existent. This was really it, 3Brits In The Six was about to be no more. It felt weird, it felt like we all should be going home to resume normality and what we know, but this wasn’t our path, we had served our 24 months of time in Canada, now it was time to move on, and put all our experience and what we learnt to play.

I can honestly say that God put both of them in my life because I really did need them on the journey. As many great Canadian friends I had made, these 2 girls stuck by me in all my times of need, as I did them. We travelled together, always checked on one another, was there for one another, would always make time to meet up, and would just have a great level of understanding due to our common interests and where we are from. They were my main homies out there, and I will forever remember the bond we shared, and how we were able to do what not many people can, which is moving abroad to a foreign territory, taking a step back in out careers, but making the very most of it.

I look forward to us hopefully reuniting in March 2019 to serve as a reminder of when we met, what we did, and how we became friends in the first place.

Here’s two beautiful different souls that I met along my journey, that we were all able to bring together on our journey.

Love you bad Girlies!It's a London Ting!

 

 

 

3Brits in The 6ix Pt3!

I had been in Canada for almost 3 months now.

I had signed up to a Toronto Meet-Up group prior to moving to Canada, and had hung out with the leader of this particular meet-up group many a time, but May 2016 was my first meet-up with the group, giving me the chance to meet some more Torontonians!

I had asked Amy if she wanted to join me at the meet-up as she was not part of the group. Amy jumped at the chance! We met up after work at the Eaton Centre before heading down to Jack Astors restaurant and bar (kind of like a TGI’s or Harvester).

Amy had asked me to meet her at the Eaton Centre to kill time, but also as she was meeting 2 friends briefly to catch up.

I got a chance to meet Amy’s 2 friends. One of them was Redmond. Redmond is American. Originally from Detroit, Redmond had moved to Canada a year ago and was living downtown with his grandma. Then there was Monique. Monique was another Brit, but from South London, England (boooooo!) she lived outside of the GTA in Stouffville.

We sat ate, and chatted until it was time for myself and Amy to head to the meet-up event. I invited Redmond and Monique to come alongĀ  as it would also give them a chance to meet some new people as they were fairly new to the city just like me and Amy. Redmond joined us, but due to Monique’s fairly long commute, she decided to head home.

By the time we got to Jack Astors, we had seen that a good few members of the group had already arrived. They had a Raptors game on in the restaurant, and as it was a Friday evening after work, it was pretty much busy and buzzing. More people had started to arrive. Everyone from the meet-up group was so friendly, polite and introduced themselves. Their was one girl that Amy and I had spotted when we arrived as we had seen her get out of a taxi, and we got talking to her.

Her name was Tereska! My first thoughts were that Tereska is such a unique name, especially for a black girl! Would you believe that Tereska was yet another Brit! We were so stoked to have met her. Tereska is from South London, and after chatting to her the entire night, figured out that her and I are the same age (look at God!) that her and Amy literally live a block from one another, and that we all moved to Toronto, Canada on the same IEC visa only a matter of days a part. Amy on March 8th, myself on March 11th and Tereska March 15th. It was all a bit too freaky, but yet so exciting that we had so much in common.

This was the beginning of a very meaningful friendship that would take place.

3Brits In The 6ix

Out for Amy’s Birthday Birthday at Simone’s Restaurant.

3Brits in The 6ix Pt2

13895570_10157256657530296_6649460346301389541_nMe and my new found (fellow North Londoner) friend Amy met up in Kensington Market, which is in the downtown core of Toronto. Kensington Market is like a mini Camden Town (in London, England) people are eccentric, express themselves through fashion, food, are trendy, and have plenty of cool markets, and shops to pop into.

We went to this cool spot called The Burgenator, and the burgers definitely lived up to the name!

We spoke about both being 4 weeks into the journey, and how we felt it was going, and what we had hoped for the future. We spoke of our amazing jobs we had said goodbye to back home. Mine was at the BBC, and for Amy, it was at KPMG.

We had both left them behind to come to Toronto, Canada and try something new, and a change of scenery.

When Amy mentioned her former job, two people came to mind, one of them being my Sister in-love Lynette who was working at KPMG at the time, and also my sister in-loves cousin Antoinette. I mentioned my sister in-love working at KPMG to Amy despite the fact I knew they were both working at different sites.

Me and Amy had connected, and made plans to keep in touch and hang out again soon once we become a little more settled finding jobs, permanent accommodation and so on.

We had both got home, and had sent each other a text to say how great it was to meet up.

When I got home, I had received a message from Antoinette saying that she has a friend that she mentored at KPMG that she would like to put me in touch with, this person had also moved to Toronto, Canada recently, this person was Amy!

Amy had soon after texted me asking if I know Antoinette B, I responded yes, funny enough she just sent me a message.

‘Oh my gosh’ Amy said, Antoinette B was my mentor at KPMG!!

I was gobsmacked! What a small world, and how nice to know that we had a more of a connection then we even thought, and the fact that had we not met, we would have been connected through another way.

That was a great day, but wait, there’s more!