A year back in Toronto

A few thoughts on leaving Toronto

It’s been over a year since I arrived back in Toronto and although the winter seemed to drag on at times it has gone quite quickly especially the last couple of months.

My reason for spending the year here was so that could spend more time with my Mom who had spent a significant amount of time in hospital after a fall and had deteriorated and lost a lot of mobility whilst there. It was difficult to see her pretty much confined to bed when she had always been a fairly active person even in her 90s. Eventually she was able to be discharged but because of the extra care she needed and being confined to a wheelchair it was no longer possible for her to be looked after at home which my sister had been doing for a number of years. Luckily the long term care home that she went into was very good with caring staff and after a period of adjustment she seems happy and well cared for there and although Covid still has its affect visits are easy to arrange.

I’m grateful to be able to spend this time with her and will miss her when I head back to the UK but a least I know the she is in a better place now than when i arrived here.

Since arriving back in Toronto I’ve been lucky enough to live back on the waterfront which is always a nice place to return to and my preferred place when back here. Although Covid restrictions has made things more difficult this time with many facilities and businesses being closed for a lot of my time here I have still been able to connect with some friends and running communities here which has kept me going though the winter here.

I’m grateful to friends at Kardia down here who have keep me going though a tough winter of marathon training on my way to my first Boston marathon and other races along the way as things have gradually got back to some sort of normality. It now feels like Toronto is moving forward again with summer finally arriving and people enjoying being outside with patio season in full swing.

In just over a week I will be heading back to the UK and will miss the best parts of the Canadian summer but will be able to meet up with some friends from here in October at the Chicago marathon so it’s not good bye as i will always return here. Saying that I do look forward to my return to the UK as I have my children living there and very good friends that I have obviously missed while i’ve been out here.

Looking forward I am looking to get back to traveling again in the not too distant future with thoughts of spending some time in Nepal after Christmas and still needing to complete the Pacific Crest Trail that was started in 2018. I do have a permit for the trail this year but it coincides with the World Police Fire Games which starts in Rotterdam next month which was cancelled due to Covid so I’m looking forward to that, perhaps I can get back on the trail next year.

Well that is all for now. I just wanted to put in a little update and thank everyone here in Toronto for the last year

Take care everyone Safe travels

Chris

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Boston done
Proud Dad moment

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