The first time I wanted to move to Europe was when I was in elementary school and obsessed with the Spice Girls. Then came Harry Potter, which fueled my dream of living in the UK even more. Why couldn’t I have a cool British accent? I felt severely geographically disadvantaged.
Ironically, I ended up traveling almost everywhere except Europe, until three years ago, when I decided to take a German class for fun in university. I would of never imagined that a few years down the road, I would end up liking the country so much that I’m actually moving there!
And so, with about two and a half months until my big move, here’s 5 reasons why I can’t wait to move to Europe! (In actuality, I probably have 345647 reasons, but due to the word limit, I’ll keep it to 5).
1. The style
One thing that’s always bothered me about Toronto is the lack of style in the city. This is a place where grown men walk around in oversized hoodies, and women (both old and overweight) believe that there’s nothing wrong with wearing yoga pants which visibility showcase their panty lines. I remember someone telling me that French people actually find it disgraceful to walk about in public wearing sweats, which I believe should be a written rule. And while traveling has made me a lot less critical about fashion than my art school days where I studied fashion design, I still believe that style is a way of expressing our individualism. Europe has always been a fashion mecca, and the last time I was there, I was not disappointed!
2. The food
While I’m not sure how excited I am about eating sausages and sauerkraut, I am a huge fan of pizza, and can’t wait to try some authentic Italian pizza that everyone always raves about. This is what I’m most excited about for Italy of course – not the Coliseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, or cute Italian guys who wear too much Armani, but Italian pizza with lots of cheese (and also gelato!).
3. The ease of adventure
Living in Canada, traveling from one major city to another can take hours on a plane. I always feel jealous of my friends in Europe who can take a train in any direction, and end up in another country in a few hours! Weekend trip to Paris? No problem. Feel like eating Italian food? Screw the corner deli, let’s go to Rome for dinner. I will no doubt be taking advantage of this, and especially with the flexibility of my new job there, I will definitely travel as much as possible every weekend!
4. The people
I love the people in Europe. A lot of my coolest friends are from Europe, and they never shy away from embarking on an adventure. Plus, there’s so many cultures in one small continent, that nothing ever stays the same. One of my favourite movies of all time is L’Auberge Espagnole, and always love it when I experience what I call a “L’auberge Espagnole” moment. I have tons of friends in Europe who I’m excited to see and hang out with again.
5. The culture
Coming from a country whose history can be summarized in about three sentences, I’ve always been so fascinated by European culture and history. I took world history throughout high school and university, and I love visiting ancient monuments and castles. Having gone to art school, I’m also a huge fan of the Impressionist and Surrealist movements. Visiting Montmartre and the Musee d’Orsay was a dream. Up next: Catalan architecture, the van Gogh musuem in Amsterdam, and Dali’s hometown in Catalonia!