We’ve been in Toronto just under two weeks now, and we have met so many wonderful people that we can call friends already! The internet (and Imgur) is not lying when saying Canadians are one of the friendliest people on planet earth.
We just finished our first housesit today, and what a great experience it’s been. We stayed with the family for a few days before the housesit, and we’ve been invited to come back whenever we want – such awesome and nice people. But for now, we are back with the friends we first made in Toronto, Barbara and Lionel.We are staying here for a little while before moving on to our next housesit in May – this time we’re taking care of three dogs, and we are very excited to meet them and the owners next week. For those of you who might not be familiar with the housesitting term; it means that someone is taking care of a house and their pets while the owner is away, and it’s free for both parties. You just sign a membership fee with the company you use, and then you can apply for as many housesits that you want, anywhere in the world. You search the area you want to stay in, and then you choose between available housesits listed, send the owners a request, and if they like you, you are most likely to get the housesit. It’s a win-win situation as it is a great way to live rent free for the sitters, and the owners don’t have to pay a kennel to take care of their pets, and the pets are happier staying at home. We use a website called TrustedHousesitters, and we are very happy with the company. The website is easy to use, and they have housesits available all over Canada and the rest of the world. We look forward to continue our housesitting career all over the world when we’re done here in Canada.
We were able to get around a bit the last week, as we were allowed to use the family’s car while they were away. Anders was out late on night taking photos of Toronto during sunset, and up again the next morning to do some more photos during sunrise. The result was beautiful photos which will soon be out on our website. We also went out to Evergreen Brick Works, which National Geographic named one of the top 10 geotourism destinations in the world in 2010. Evergreen Brick Works is a “community environmental center that inspires and equips visitors to live, work and play more sustainably”. This old brick factory, consisting of 16 heritage buildings is a favourite spot to visit any day of the week for locals and tourists in Toronto. They host events and workshops, farmers market, a community bike space, a cafe, garden center and more. Located in Don Valley, you can easily access this wonderful place with the complimentary shuttle bus that runs from Broadview Ave everyday. You can bike or walk to get there, or you can take the car or public transport. There is always something happening at Evergreen Brick Works, and I recommend stopping by if you visit Toronto one day.
Whilst we were there walking around, eating amazing sausages, and taking some photos we met another photographer (who’s been in the game a bit longer then we have), Iden Ford. A well know photographer who does photography for movie sets, magazines, businesses and more. He has an amazing portfolio that you can check out here: Iden Ford Photography. He invited Anders to come along to a photo shoot next week, and needless to say that Anders is very excited. He even took a few photos of us, sent them to us within hours, and they turned out great! Again, friendly people wherever we go!
Marita has also landed a job with a catering company, starting as soon as the paperwork is filled out. It’s flexible work hours, which is perfect and the pay is quite good compared to minimum wage. Things are coming together in Toronto and the first weeks couldn’t have been any better! We have also planned a few adventures over the next weeks, which includes a road trip, camping and biking – as soon as we have the itinerary done, we will let you in on our plans.