10 months after my initial application, my long-awaited exchange semester at the University of Toronto was finally about to start. Ready to start the adventure, I boarded the plane nervously on the 4th of September 2018. I thought that I would be relaxed for this trip after my experience of an internship in Colombia 2 years ago. However, a strange mix of feelings containing excitement, joy and anxiety at the same time overcame me during the flight. During the landing phase, I could observe the city from above and I was overwhelmed by the sheer size of the city.
An abundance of skyscrapers characterizes the scene in downtown Toronto. However, farther away from the center, the building height lowers quickly because more space seems to be available in this flat area of the city. After the long journey from Zurich, I finally arrived at my home for the next 4 months. I lived together with 2 student-interns in one of those oddly spacious houses on the outskirts of Toronto. From one day to the other, the population around my living place increased from about 4 000 in Zurich, to around 2 700 000 people in Toronto.