Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dead of Winter...

As we were traveling to the U.S for Christmas and the New Year, for a family reunion on my husbands side....we decided to add Toronto to our travel plans and spend three weeks here in the dead of winter.

We arrived early Jan 2008 and stayed in the same service apartments. These apartments can be found on any search engine under 'service apartments or short stay homes'.

They may be a bit expensive, but it is cheaper than staying in a hotel and having to eat out as well. Here you can cook and have the privacy of a home, instead of staying with other family or friends for an indefinite amount of time. Normally these short stays are completely furnished and the kitchen comes equipped with everything. Many Indians stay here for the initial stay. From cable t.v, internet and laundry you can also cook and save money by not having to eat out all the time.

We had an amazing three weeks. The kids got used to wearing boots and bundling up with gloves, scarves and layering themselves with thermals, sweaters and coats. Many stores had sales here, so it was not expensive buying clothes for all of us.


Buy basic long sleeve shirts when coming to India for every one in the family, but save the shopping for Canada. You get fantastic deals here and can pick up winter wear much cheaper than India. Also, what you buy here is made for the kind of temperatures you will be facing here. We were in minus 25 degrees last winter and never felt cold!

We returned to India and decided , yes, we are going to take the plunge and move.

So here we are, July 2008 finally in Toronto.

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