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<p> <img class="left" src="/images/Visit_Home/.lowres/IMG_0170.jpg">For the first time since my parents moved away from Saskatoon (and perhaps before then: trips home had already started to feel a bit weird as I grew apart from many &mdash; but not all &mdash; of my highschool friends), I have a Home. I'm <em>from</em> Toronto now, in some incomprehensible sense, given that I've only ever lived here one year. Maybe in two years I'll be <em>from</em> New York in the same sense, or from somewhere else entirely. But for now, as the overnight Greyhound pulled into the city in the clean early morning light, it was with a strong sense of comfortable recognition &mdash; the recognition of a journey I've done a dozen times: the tight curve of the <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cn+tower&sll=40.67172,-73.956249&sspn=0.008479,0.019312&ie=UTF8&ll=43.640897,-79.380437&spn=0.004045,0.009656&z=17">Gardiner offramp</a> and the tower in the distance.</p> <p>The buildings are tall here, but not even mildly claustrophobic like I find Manhattan to be some days. My initial aggressive approach to boarding the subway was both unnecessary and unwelcome, but my NYC layer sloughed off pretty quickly. People smile at each other as they negotiate the "who gets which seat" dance at the busy subway stops. And a friendly conversation was struck up as our train apparently struggled to make it between <a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&saddr=st.+clair+station,+toronto&daddr=davisville+station,+toronto&hl=en&geocode=&mra=ls&dirflg=w&sll=43.693205,-79.395355&sspn=0.016167,0.038624&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=15">St. Clair and Davisville</a> &mdash; a stop-and-start failure of no known cause.</p> <p>Toronto, a bit like my <a href="/blog/travel/disjointed.html">SF trip</a> is instantly filled with people to meet up with. And like my first few trips back to Saskatoon after highschool, it's a gathering place for people who went to <a href="http://www.uwaterloo.ca/">Waterloo</a> &mdash; the <a title="Greater Toronto Area" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greater_Toronto_Area">GTA</a> is the main feeding ground for Waterloo. It's also full of <a href="http://www.greenparty.ca/">Green Party</a> people that I know. Just add beer.</p> <p>I know the town, I know the people; I know the subway and the currency and the health care system and the neighbourhoods and how to get anything done that I need. I have places to stay, numbers to call, and even a reasonable sense of direction, sometimes. But I think it's mostly about the people.</p> <p>Home. </p> <p>Maybe I'll even move back here some day. </p>
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