A Place to Learn, A Place to Grow
Posted: January 8, 2019
I’m a 21 year-old student from The Netherlands. I study international business administration and I’m currently an intern at Forests Ontario to learn more about the importance of trees, to discover Canadian culture, and to experience what it’s like to work in a different part of the world. I’m a huge car geek and I enjoy spending my time working on my car or having drinks with friends.
Living in Toronto
Living and working to Toronto has been one of the most interesting experiences in my life so far. It is very easy to get used to most things as the people are generally very friendly and willing to help. TTC is, although certainly not without its flaws, easy to use and it gets you where you need to go, so you don’t need a car to move in and around the city. One of the biggest adjustments for me is definitely the food and drinks. Veggies and fruits are not as tasteful as I’m used to and a lot of products only seem to come in super-sizes, making it a challenge to cook for one. For me, I like to have a beer, it can be a bit of a challenge to really enjoy the beverages generally served around here, but it does make the experience a lot better when you do find a place where they serve the good stuff!
The Christmas Market
Working at the Toronto Christmas Market on the weekends before Christmas was a lot of fun for me. Visitors who came to the market to buy a tree from us were generally very nice and open to a conversation. The Christmas Market itself was very nice with lots of lights and a lot of good food and a very friendly and warm atmosphere.
I was told that the Christmas Market itself is supposed to resemble European Christmas markets, but in my opinion it doesn’t do the Toronto Christmas market justice to compare it to European Christmas markets because the countries and cities are just too different. When you look at the Toronto Christmas market on its own it’s a very nice place to spend a day or night, where you can try all sorts off food and peak into the shops that have opened in the old brewery buildings and enjoy being around loads of friendly people having a good time.
Working at Forests Ontario has been incredibly educational for me. I have learnt a lot of things about trees and why we need them and what makes the forests in Ontario different to that of other parts of the world. The team here consists solely of very cool people and even though it can be a bit busy at times, it has been a lot of fun for me to be part of a team of cool people that strive to achieve incredible goals. My overall experience living and working in Toronto for 2 months at the time of writing has been incredible. I love the people and the atmosphere in Toronto and the nature and scenery further north in the province is simply stunning. I don’t know when, but I’ll definitely be coming back here.