Synonym for Pause: Desist, Delay, Discontinue

Trip Start Mar 11, 2009
Trip End May 06, 2009

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Sunday, May 10, 2009

The first time I saw the Toronto skyline I had to leave greasy handprints all over the glass windows and content myself with the idea that I would be back. This time, I nearly ran across the entire length of the airport (to be the first one to wait) to the baggage claim. If it were possible to hug an entire city, I would have wrapped my arms around all the pokey buildings and suffered the stab wound from the CN Tower when I squeezed too hard.

I love Toronto. I've spent my entire adult life here. Everything I know about being a Big Girl, I've learned from living in this city. I've done a lot of living here; it's been amazing, incredible, messy, intense. Being away and then coming back here after seventeen months is overwhelming and exciting. It's taken me a couple days to actually feel like I'm really here - though that may attribute to me being in the hamlet of Egbert with Benita, not quite Toronto yet. After seeing so many cities, walking so many sidewalks, watching so many sunsets alone, I've been enjoying tangling myself up in friends who love me and watching too much Grey's Anatomy. I have clean clothes, real food, and a sense of belonging. I don't have to wear flipflops in the shower, search for half an hour for a fork to use in the kitchen, worry about bed bugs, repack my bags every 48 hours. I don't have to sit with my purse on my lap, I can leave my passport on the table, I can let my guard down.

I will always be a traveller. I will always be intensely curious about the parts of the world I haven't seen. I will always want to see, hear, touch, taste, explore that which I have yet to encounter. I want to leave my footprints everywhere. But right now I am pausing. Right now, my feet are firmly planted and it's good to be home.


Enjoy the pictures of Buenos Aires - mostly the San Telmo neighbourhood. I will be uploading a few more pics in the next couple of days, so keep your eyes open!

xox K
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