I am here to document my whole journey of travelling from India to Canada. I will be sharing the experiences I had on board, my initial days in Canada, the last days in India and things alike.
Anyway, it’s been a while since I posted. So, how are you? All Good?
Folks! I seriously didn’t know that people are these crazy to read my posts here on my site. Yes, it’s been a while since I posted my last post and you will not believe that I have received 17 calls, 33 text messages, 64 WhatsApp messages, 98 Facebook ones, 23 eMails and 7 postcards, asking about when’s my next post coming?
Ok. Yeah I know I should stop here. Apparently, nothing like that has happened! But, I wish it would have, though. 🙂
However, I did receive few messages from my good friends who are regular(or only?) readers of this site asking why did I stop? Well, I haven’t. It’s just I wasn’t getting proper time to open the dashboard and draft as awesome post as the previous ones.
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First of all, I apologize for not writing lately. It’s tough, and life becomes busy when you migrate from one country to another. Well, at least for the first few months. So my reason for not posting is quite straightforward. I was just like that. Super Busy! Adjusting myself to this new world. A new world 12,526 km far from my home. Far from family, friends, favorite food, my bike, my dog and countless other things.
So how did it go?
Well, it all started with getting the farewell from best friends at my home and bidding byes to them. Sharing emotions and mesmerizing the memories which have been made and getting lost in thoughts when will be the next time to meet like this. Or to say, whether we will even meet like this or not! You know what? We will. For sure.
After that, I, my Brother, Mom, and Dad left for Bombay for flight in a car. We have decided to go to our temple before we leave Surat. My best buddies came there with me. They stayed with me as long as they could and for as much time as they could. I really appreciate that. Shital, Zeal, Akshay, Sohil, Rishi! Love you guys! ♥
We left way too earlier because we wanted to reach airport safely and calmly. Chilled at Dhabas and stalls on the highway and enjoyed the scenery and routes. After having fantastic dinner in airport’s garden cafeteria, it was time to say a final bye.
Our group was huge who was going to come to Canada, and most of us were having same flight. So it wasn’t a hurdle for us, and none of us felt alone or scared as all of us were excited about our journey. After all, we have worked our ass off to get that red stamp in our passports. We met each other at the airport and went for checking-in together. Pretty much excited! No one was emotional. Nothing. God! People cry like babies at airports, and it can happen to anyone who is traveling solo and leaving their own emotional world for whole new life. Luckily for us, it wasn’t a case! It went buttery smooth!
And perhaps, I was the only one whose seat wasn’t confirmed as I booked my flight bit late than my other friends. So, I asked for a window seat to the desk manager, but he denied. However, if you haven’t read my Business Class Story, then you should read it.
There were total three flights to change. Mumbai to Amsterdam, Amsterdam to Toronto and Toronto to Windsor.
I was given an aisle seat in the mid-section of a plane. Getting on a plane was an experience on its own. You enter into the plane and you see people from different parts of the world. I went to my seat and took a look here and there. I wished it would have been good if I had a window seat. However, it would have been of no use as the first flight had night time till Amsterdam. From Amsterdam to Toronto it was going to be the full day. I was worried about that.
The food in the flight was total junk. It tastes like….nothing! Seriously nothing! After trying one wrap, I kept drinking soft drinks. That’s it! Played with monitor we get in front of our seat. Then I was deadly bored. I went to the washroom. There was a short waiting queue. I met two awesome people who were also feeling bored like me. We started some casual chit chat. It started getting better. Topics we were talking were interesting and business related. One guy was a student who was coming here in Canada for fashion designing, and the other elder person was a citizen of US. He was from Michigan, USA. Our talk continued for an hour, and after a while, that fashion designing guy started feeling sleepy and went back to his seat. However, the other guy and I stayed for little more. He was a successful businessman and was sharing his stories of setting up businesses and buying properties here and there. His purpose of visiting India was to purchase a property in Banglore. Listening to his stories was interesting. We exchanged numbers and still are in touch with each other at this moment.
I went back to my seat and slept for few hours. I woke up and captain announced that Amsterdam is going to come in a while. Once we departed, the Amsterdam felt like heaven. It was beautiful. Our group got gathered again at the airport and went for check-in. One interesting thing I noticed at Amsterdam airport was that it has got some signboards in the Hindi language. Amazing, eh?
It was 4 hours layover in Amsterdam. We wandered perhaps every single corner of Amsterdam airport. We sat in the lounge and ate the snack, we brought with us. Biscuits, Thepla, Mamra, Chakri! 😆 . Thanks to junk given in first flight!
To say, it was my first international flying experience but, I have heard and read many airport hacks on the internet. A thought struck in my mind that I should go to Jet Airways desk and ask whether any Window seat is available or not. And guess what? She replied affirmatively and told me that yes, there’s one seat which got canceled and gave me new boarding pass which had a window seat.
We boarded the flight and then……. for this part, you should read this: How Luck Plays With You (tl;dr – I got upgraded to Business Class 😉 )
I did not sleep even for a second in my Amsterdam to Toronto flight. Stayed busy experiencing the business class in my first ever international flight! 😉
It did not take too much for Toronto to come. Watching the snowy cities from the top was amazingly wonderful and entrancing. It gives you goosebumps and thought that, now it is it, finally the land we dreamed of since long long time has come. You just can’t hold yourself to come out and see the other awesome part of the country.
At Toronto, we were supposed to re-checking in our bags as the airline company was going to change for Toronto to Windsor flight. While checking out we were supposed to take our bags from the ramp and take it to the other department in a trolly. We have clicked many pictures at the airport with luggage as all of us were pretty much excited about our arrival.
That was it! The whole journey! I was writing these post and was trying to complete it since many days. Almost, a month! Now, I think I should hit publish so that I can write more posts later.
It would be hard to write what happened in first few days here in Canada. That being the reason, I will post few pictures which I have clicked in my last days in India, during my journey and initial days in Canada. You can have a look.
In my initial days, I was just crazy about clicking photos. I was mainly clicking photos so that I can send it to my family and friends. And well, post here on my site. 😆
The last family photo before leaving…..Emotions! 🙂
Miss you all guys….very much. 🙂
Shopping – Packing – A headache! 😳
Surprise Farewell Gift from an awesome friend of mine. Follow him if you love Cricket. (Facebook – Umang Pabari)
At Bombay Airport. Trying to swag up in front of the plane I was about to catch!
At Amsterdam Airport..
Top view of Amsterdam.
When you get treated like a Chairman in business class. “Apple Juice” & Nuts. 😀
Again, trying to swag up in Business Class :-P
I am not sure, but, it’s Greenland I guess!
The arrival of Toronto. Snow was fallen exactly a day before we landed. Lucky enough to see this scene. 😀
Checking-out at Toronto Airport.
Waiting for next flight and roaming around at Toronto Airport.
Night View of Toronto. (Thinking in mind about coming back here very soon.)
Finally, at Windsor Airport. It was cold as f-%k! Too Cold! Freezing Cold!
First ever meal in Canada. “THE” Maggie!
Exploring my University. The University of Windsor. 🙂
The Giant Pizza!
In front of our house.
First Grocery Shopping.
Night View of Ambassador Bridge (A Bridge to USA).
Night View of Detroit City, Michigan, USA
Heading towards Toronto to have fun on Christmas and New Year. 😀
Dundas Square – Toronto (a mini Times Square – New York)
Nathan Phillips Square – T.O.R.O.N.T.O
It was cold as Pluck (*f) on that day. I will never forget that night. Wind & Cold! Oh! God!!
C N Tower Toronto. Take a careful look. I am there. 😀
Went to Mississauga for shopping at Square One Mall – The Biggest Mall in Ontario.
Giant Christmas Tree at Square One Shopping Center
Some Shopping on Boxing Day 😀
Visiting Niagara Falls with friends.
Siting in Tesla Model S.
Ice Skating at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto
C.N Tower again. Cold on that day will not be forgotten for a lifetime. 🙄
Visiting the largest Casino in Canada. Fallsview Casino, Niagara
Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Toronto at Nathan Phillips Square
>> Toronto Trip ends here. We came back to Windsor. <<
First ever self-prepared lunch box for work. 🙂
Team Cooking at house! It’s fun everyday. 😀
My Room 🙄
Men in Black Winter Jackets 😛
My Department 🙂
Random Wandering in the City, Windsor
All of we roommates are photography lovers. We would do anything to get a perfect click. 🙄
Playing Pool at University
Playing Table Tennis at University
Library of University of Windsor
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. I feel a great sense of relief after finally completing this post. It was in my draft for almost two months. I wasn’t getting proper time to write it up. I finally did it after 130 days of landing here.
There were many people without whom, I couldn’t be here in Canada. I feel great to express my gratitude for the people who helped me directly or indirectly.
My last days in India were the days which I will never forget in all of my births. They were simply wonderful. The love and support I got from my friends and family were superbly amazing. I can write on and on about those days, but I would like to stop here.
In case, you are planning to study in Canada and need any sort of help. Don’t hesitate to hit me up. I will try my best to help you out.