The Voyage Home

by torontogirlwest on August 25, 2012

Since returning to Vancouver earlier this week, I have pondered how best to describe my trip to Toronto to you.

Handmade Pottery for Daisy

And after all that thinking, I’m not sure I really can put my trip home into words.

Niagara Fruit

You see, it was more about a feeling.

Flowers Restaurant

I live a five hour plane ride away from my parents.

Green Bamboo Pho

And I don’t get to see them very often.

My mother's garden

So when I am back in Toronto, I drink in every moment.

Bathing the Puppy

In Toronto, my heart felt so full of love it could practically burst.


It was a magical time.


Question: Do you live near your parents? Do you get to see them very often? Do you find your relationship with them has changed over the years?

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Anita August 26, 2012 at 2:43 am

How lovely for you! I live very far away from my family(sometimes it feels a world away), so anytime I get to spend with them is pretty magical for me too!
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Toronto Girl West August 26, 2012 at 9:11 am

I know the feeling! :) Have a lovely Sunday!!!
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Jo @ LivingMintGreen August 26, 2012 at 8:49 am

I’m so glad you had a good trip & visit with your parents – WHAT IS IN THAT BOWL? It looks SO good!
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Toronto Girl West August 26, 2012 at 9:13 am

lol It’s a seafood pho with a tom yum soup base ;) I originally took the picture because I was going to write a review of the restaurant (it’s my go-to Vietnamese place in Toronto). But unfortunately although delicious, it wasn’t as good as usual, so I am torn as to whether I’ll feature the restaurant. I probably will really soon though! :)
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Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty August 26, 2012 at 10:18 am

beautiful photos!! Love that you had a great time! :)
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Helene @healthyfrenchie August 26, 2012 at 10:30 am

Great pictures, and you look so happy with your parents :)
I don’t feel that way when I see my own parents but I did have a great time with my in-laws
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Kristen August 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

I love Montreal – but I really miss living near my family. I wish it was cheaper to go “home” for a visit…
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Toronto Girl West August 26, 2012 at 10:40 pm

I hear you – this flight home cost me nearly $1200. But even so, I’m going to make it a priority to see my parents at least once a year. I secretly harbour a hope that once we have kids, my parents will live much closer or at least spend months at a time with us.
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Cristina, from BA to Paris August 26, 2012 at 2:03 pm

What a great moment you shared! we feel that with the photos..My parents (now dead) lived so far away from me (Paris-Buenos Aires) That is sth I could never get over…having lost their last days on this has been very tough for me!


Toronto Girl West August 26, 2012 at 10:43 pm

I’m so sorry Cristina….

Unfortunately, I think what you experienced is the story for all immigrants. I have seen both my parents deal with the loss of a faraway loved one. It’s definitely not easy. :(
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Erin August 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

That feeling is really beautifully conveyed in this post :) So happy to hear it went well. I live pretty far from home – relationship is evolving beautifully :) That last picture of you guys is perfect!
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Toronto Girl West August 26, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Thank-you Erin! I really was hoping what I felt came through! :) I think Daisy felt the same way too – a couple of night’s she even chose to sleep with my parents instead of me! lol
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Siobhan September 6, 2012 at 8:41 am

I love the Shaw Cafe and Wine Bar! So glad you had an awesome time in Toronto!

I see my parents all the time and our relationship definitely changed. They are more like my best friends now.


torontogirlwest September 7, 2012 at 10:11 pm

It’s incredible how relationships with parents change throughout the years. My parents and I were always close but especially so now! :)


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