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Nikita Butalia

MOVING TO CANADA

All about moving to Toronto, studying at Schulich and exploring the country

In 2019 I moved to Canada to study in the IMBA program at the Schulich School of Business. Relocating has been a journey of many ups and downs that I’ve put together in this section, to offer information, experience, and hope to anyone who is making the decision to move countries.

Read on, for a student’s perspective on life in Canada, working your way into an incredible job and stories from travels and trials in this fair country.

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Hi! I’m Nikita Butalia:)

Let’s Stumble Around The World Together

Welcome to Stumbling Around Delhi! I’m Nikita Butalia and you’re about to join my journey of discovery that began around my home city of New Delhi but ended up around the world. A passion for travel and endless wanderlust led to a massive appetite for travel that’s never satiated since. Here’s to inspiration from sunsets, mountain tops and late night city lights. Happy reading!

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Instagram post 18079676566267063 The summer we wanted 🤭 

#patioseason #patiotoronto #torontopatio #patiolife #torontobar #torontobars #torontococktails #summertoronto #torontosummer #summervibestoronto #torontosun #torontococktails #torontorestaurant #torontorestaurants #restauranttoronto #torontocafe #torontocafes #summer2021 #summerto #tosummer #summerinthe6ix #the6ixgotheat #againstthegrain #torontoharbour #torontoharbourfront

The summer we wanted 🤭

#patioseason #patiotoronto #torontopatio #patiolife #torontobar #torontobars #torontococktails #summertoronto #torontosummer #summervibestoronto #torontosun #torontococktails #torontorestaurant #torontorestaurants #restauranttoronto #torontocafe #torontocafes #summer2021 #summerto #tosummer #summerinthe6ix #the6ixgotheat #againstthegrain #torontoharbour #torontoharbourfront
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Instagram post 17898971002859740 Weekend hike at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, an hour’s drive from #NorthYork. 

The drive through #Ontario countryside was so beautiful and the towns of Orangeville and Mono are so cute! 

It was the only place we could visit without a reservation, so it’s ideal for spur of the moment plans. 

The leaves haven’t returned to the trees yet, so visiting a couple weeks later might make the experience a lot more scenic. 

Difficulty level: Zero. Felt like a walk in the park (quite literally). 

#ontarioprovincialparks #parksontario #ontarioparks🌳 #rediscoveringnature #myheartcanada #exploreontarioparks #ontarioparks #ontarioparkstour #parksofontario #ontarioparks⛺🍁 #ontariohikes #hikeontarioparks #ontariohike #hikeontariotrails #ontrail #exploreon #ontariotrailseries #ontariotrailsweek #monocliffsprovincialpark #monocliffs #monocliffsprovincial #monocliffsprovincialparks #morningwalks #provincialpark #torontohiking #hikeontario #simcoecountyliving

Weekend hike at Mono Cliffs Provincial Park, an hour’s drive from #NorthYork.

The drive through #Ontario countryside was so beautiful and the towns of Orangeville and Mono are so cute!

It was the only place we could visit without a reservation, so it’s ideal for spur of the moment plans.

The leaves haven’t returned to the trees yet, so visiting a couple weeks later might make the experience a lot more scenic.

Difficulty level: Zero. Felt like a walk in the park (quite literally).

#ontarioprovincialparks #parksontario #ontarioparks🌳 #rediscoveringnature #myheartcanada #exploreontarioparks #ontarioparks #ontarioparkstour #parksofontario #ontarioparks⛺🍁 #ontariohikes #hikeontarioparks #ontariohike #hikeontariotrails #ontrail #exploreon #ontariotrailseries #ontariotrailsweek #monocliffsprovincialpark #monocliffs #monocliffsprovincial #monocliffsprovincialparks #morningwalks #provincialpark #torontohiking #hikeontario #simcoecountyliving
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Instagram post 17882198339115477 Dreamy cocktail hour ☁️ Heart goes out to Toronto’s small businesses, who’ve had to invest in so much infrastructure in order to comply with changing government safety requirements. And after all that, they’ve had to shut down again within days of reopening. Tiny note to #supportlocal wherever possible & help keep them afloat ♥️ 

#torontorestaurants #torontorestaurant #torontocafe #torontocafes #torontopub #torontofood #localtoronto #torontolocalbusiness #torontolove #torontoarchitecture #torontodesign #torontofun #architecturephotos #architecturedaily #architecturedetail #restaurantart #cafevibes #cafedesign #beautifulcafe #barvibes #torontobar #torontobars #bardesigns #bardesigns #bardecor #smallbusinesstoronto #smallbusinessto

Dreamy cocktail hour ☁️ Heart goes out to Toronto’s small businesses, who’ve had to invest in so much infrastructure in order to comply with changing government safety requirements. And after all that, they’ve had to shut down again within days of reopening. Tiny note to #supportlocal wherever possible & help keep them afloat ♥️

#torontorestaurants #torontorestaurant #torontocafe #torontocafes #torontopub #torontofood #localtoronto #torontolocalbusiness #torontolove #torontoarchitecture #torontodesign #torontofun #architecturephotos #architecturedaily #architecturedetail #restaurantart #cafevibes #cafedesign #beautifulcafe #barvibes #torontobar #torontobars #bardesigns #bardesigns #bardecor #smallbusinesstoronto #smallbusinessto
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Instagram post 18194771035078545 Drove to Etobicoke Lakeshore last weekend for a picnic in the sun. Couldn’t believe how accessible the lake was; barely populated, located right next to a patch of bright green gardens and swans floating by (no joke) in close proximity. 

There’s nooo spot in the city that’s as ideal for a sunset walk as this one. And in such a cozy neighbourhood too! 

Location courtesy: @varshabajaj.s 

#etobicoke #etobicokelakeshore #etobicoketoronto #torontosummer #lakeontario #lakesideliving #lakeside #lakebeach #sunsetchaser #summeradventure #summeradventures #discoveringtoronto #summertoronto #narcitytoronto #torontobeaches #torontobeach #torontocity #torontogta #picnicspot #springcanada #springadventures #springthings #spring2021 #springisintheair #springishere #blogtoronto #viewtoronto #torontoviews #torontoview

Drove to Etobicoke Lakeshore last weekend for a picnic in the sun. Couldn’t believe how accessible the lake was; barely populated, located right next to a patch of bright green gardens and swans floating by (no joke) in close proximity.

There’s nooo spot in the city that’s as ideal for a sunset walk as this one. And in such a cozy neighbourhood too!

Location courtesy: @varshabajaj.s

#etobicoke #etobicokelakeshore #etobicoketoronto #torontosummer #lakeontario #lakesideliving #lakeside #lakebeach #sunsetchaser #summeradventure #summeradventures #discoveringtoronto #summertoronto #narcitytoronto #torontobeaches #torontobeach #torontocity #torontogta #picnicspot #springcanada #springadventures #springthings #spring2021 #springisintheair #springishere #blogtoronto #viewtoronto #torontoviews #torontoview
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Instagram post 17887698035010633 Last minute short road trips are everything 🦋 Maybe because they’re the only ones that work out 🤪 

#scarborough #scarboroughbluffs #torontosunset #torontospots #torontospring #torontotodo #narcitytoronto #exploretoronto #exploreto #summertoronto #torontosummer #sunsetphotography #sunsetlover #sunsetsofinstagram #sunsetskies #torontosky #torontoskies #lakeontario #ontariotravel #ontarioparks #scarboroughspots #scarboroughontario @destination_toronto #destinationtoronto

Last minute short road trips are everything 🦋 Maybe because they’re the only ones that work out 🤪

#scarborough #scarboroughbluffs #torontosunset #torontospots #torontospring #torontotodo #narcitytoronto #exploretoronto #exploreto #summertoronto #torontosummer #sunsetphotography #sunsetlover #sunsetsofinstagram #sunsetskies #torontosky #torontoskies #lakeontario #ontariotravel #ontarioparks #scarboroughspots #scarboroughontario @destination_toronto #destinationtoronto
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Instagram post 17888668970075535 The seasons have changed & so has this feed 🌸 Just a little sunshine was all we needed! Moving to a spring feed starting today & can’t wait to explore the city again 🧍🏻‍♀️🎒

#ontarioplace #springfeed #springiscoming #spring2021 #torontoharbour #torontoharbourfront #torontosummer #canadiansummer #summerincanada #summer2021 #springtoronto #torontospring #torontocity #torontocityvibes #torontoweekend #lakeontario #summerinthecity #sunshinestateofmind #bluewaters #bluesummer

The seasons have changed & so has this feed 🌸 Just a little sunshine was all we needed! Moving to a spring feed starting today & can’t wait to explore the city again 🧍🏻‍♀️🎒

#ontarioplace #springfeed #springiscoming #spring2021 #torontoharbour #torontoharbourfront #torontosummer #canadiansummer #summerincanada #summer2021 #springtoronto #torontospring #torontocity #torontocityvibes #torontoweekend #lakeontario #summerinthecity #sunshinestateofmind #bluewaters #bluesummer
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Instagram post 18162969745119429 Blueberry-banana oatmeal pancakes were made. In an attempt to feel less guilty about eating a full stack of pancakes alone. It was then covered in butter & syrup 🤷🏻‍♀️ 

#pancakebreakfast #healthybreakfast #healthypancakes #healthypancake #healthybreakfastideas #healthybreakfastclub #healthybreakfastrecipes #healthybreakfasts #pancakesforbreakfast #pancakesfordinner #mondaybreakfast #oatmealrecipe #oatmealpancakes #oatmeallover #oatmealporridge #bananaoatmeal #oatpancakes #breakfastforkids #breakfastinbedplease #comfortfoodeats #comfortfoods #pancakestack #pancakes🥞 #proteinpancakes #pancakesday #pancakeart #pancakelover #pancakeshealthy

Blueberry-banana oatmeal pancakes were made. In an attempt to feel less guilty about eating a full stack of pancakes alone. It was then covered in butter & syrup 🤷🏻‍♀️

#pancakebreakfast #healthybreakfast #healthypancakes #healthypancake #healthybreakfastideas #healthybreakfastclub #healthybreakfastrecipes #healthybreakfasts #pancakesforbreakfast #pancakesfordinner #mondaybreakfast #oatmealrecipe #oatmealpancakes #oatmeallover #oatmealporridge #bananaoatmeal #oatpancakes #breakfastforkids #breakfastinbedplease #comfortfoodeats #comfortfoods #pancakestack #pancakes🥞 #proteinpancakes #pancakesday #pancakeart #pancakelover #pancakeshealthy
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Instagram post 17889925493013822 Ate my way through two weekends. What habits have you developed during covid? 😂

#beavertails #torontoharbourfront #torontoharbour #torontolife #torontodowntown #stumblingaroundtoronto #torontofoodies #torontofoodie #torontofoodblogger #torontofoodblog #discovertoronto #exploretoronto #thingstodotoronto #torontobloggers #springtoronto #spring2021 #springiscoming #torontoeats #torontophoto #torontostyle #lakeontario #queenswharf

Ate my way through two weekends. What habits have you developed during covid? 😂

#beavertails #torontoharbourfront #torontoharbour #torontolife #torontodowntown #stumblingaroundtoronto #torontofoodies #torontofoodie #torontofoodblogger #torontofoodblog #discovertoronto #exploretoronto #thingstodotoronto #torontobloggers #springtoronto #spring2021 #springiscoming #torontoeats #torontophoto #torontostyle #lakeontario #queenswharf
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Instagram post 17894749150919917 @versuscoffee turned my coffee cup into a canvas! Half-expected it to look better than it tasted but I could drink this coffee it over & over! 💙 

#torontocoffee #torontocoffeeshop #torontoartist #torontoart #latteart #latteartgram #lattelove #coffeeart #coffeeartist #coffeeartists #torontocafe #torontocafes #torontocoffeecommunity #coffeetoronto #coffeeto #cafeto #versuscoffee #yelptoronto #torontoculture #torontodowntown #coffeeartgram #latteartgram #canadacoffee #exploringtoronto

@versuscoffee turned my coffee cup into a canvas! Half-expected it to look better than it tasted but I could drink this coffee it over & over! 💙

#torontocoffee #torontocoffeeshop #torontoartist #torontoart #latteart #latteartgram #lattelove #coffeeart #coffeeartist #coffeeartists #torontocafe #torontocafes #torontocoffeecommunity #coffeetoronto #coffeeto #cafeto #versuscoffee #yelptoronto #torontoculture #torontodowntown #coffeeartgram #latteartgram #canadacoffee #exploringtoronto
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Instagram post 17904597181746756 That vintage magic, found on the streets of downtown Toronto✨Love buildings with character! 

#torontodowntown #kingwest #torontoarchitecture #torontobuildings #torontobuilds #streetsoftoronto #vintagebuilding #vintagebuildings #architecturephotography #downtownphotography #torontostreets #torontostreetphotography #the6ix #blogtoronto #blogto #narcitytoronto #urbantoronto #nowtoronto #designtoronto #condotoronto #torontocondos #torontocity #torontopixel #torontoinsta #torontoishome

That vintage magic, found on the streets of downtown Toronto✨Love buildings with character!

#torontodowntown #kingwest #torontoarchitecture #torontobuildings #torontobuilds #streetsoftoronto #vintagebuilding #vintagebuildings #architecturephotography #downtownphotography #torontostreets #torontostreetphotography #the6ix #blogtoronto #blogto #narcitytoronto #urbantoronto #nowtoronto #designtoronto #condotoronto #torontocondos #torontocity #torontopixel #torontoinsta #torontoishome
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Instagram post 17906960044706309 Never met a comfort food I didn’t devour. 🍕 Tasted far better than any slice of pizza I’ve ever had. Used @crackerbarrel Tex Mex shredded cheese & Ziggy’s pepperoni slices from @loblawson 😍 

#comfortfoods #comfortfoodeats #comfortfoodrecipes #comfortfoodeats #homemadepizza #pizzahomemade #pizzahomemade🍕 #easysnack #easysnacks #snackideas #snackidea #snacking #easypizza #pepperonipizza #easyrecipesathome #quickfood #quicklunch #quicklunchideas #eveningsnack #pizzapizzapizza #pizzatoast #toastie #toasted #toastbread

Never met a comfort food I didn’t devour. 🍕 Tasted far better than any slice of pizza I’ve ever had. Used @crackerbarrel Tex Mex shredded cheese & Ziggy’s pepperoni slices from @loblawson 😍

#comfortfoods #comfortfoodeats #comfortfoodrecipes #comfortfoodeats #homemadepizza #pizzahomemade #pizzahomemade🍕 #easysnack #easysnacks #snackideas #snackidea #snacking #easypizza #pepperonipizza #easyrecipesathome #quickfood #quicklunch #quicklunchideas #eveningsnack #pizzapizzapizza #pizzatoast #toastie #toasted #toastbread
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Instagram post 17948027530413426 The life update that no one asked for: 

1. Last semester at school: My MBA is going to be over in April. We only got 1.5 semesters at school before everything shut down. We won’t get a graduation ceremony and we don’t have many MBA memories at school 😢 

But here’s the silver lining: No.More.Assignments! No lengthy research papers and no endless readings! This ending is gonna be a bittersweet one ♥️

2. We’re going house hunting all around town and both have offices on two diff ends of town. So we’re basically looking everywhere trying to figure what makes most sense. 

I haven’t liked anything so far 🤪 because, obviously, I know exactly what kind of apartment I want and it’s way out of my budget 😂

3. I have two months off between graduating and starting work. I had planned to fly home for a month and then travel to Greece and Italy (HAHAHA. 🥲) before returning in July. 

In light of those plans crashing and burning, I’ve made new plans that I’m soooo excited about. More on that once they start to materialise!

4. Also can’t wait to get the hell out of Assiniboine. #iykyk 😭🤮 

#lifeupdate #lifestory #lifestories #lifestories_community #lifeofadventure #lifelessons #creativelifehappylife #mbalife #mbastudent #bigplans #2021plans #summer2021 #studentlife #lifeintoronto #backtowork #backtoworksoon #thankyounext #studenttravel #2021goals #personalstory #personalstories #personalgrowth #personalgrowthjourney #newadventures #newadventuresawait #newadventuresahead #nextchapter #nextchapterinlife #nextchapterbegins

The life update that no one asked for:

1. Last semester at school: My MBA is going to be over in April. We only got 1.5 semesters at school before everything shut down. We won’t get a graduation ceremony and we don’t have many MBA memories at school 😢

But here’s the silver lining: No.More.Assignments! No lengthy research papers and no endless readings! This ending is gonna be a bittersweet one ♥️

2. We’re going house hunting all around town and both have offices on two diff ends of town. So we’re basically looking everywhere trying to figure what makes most sense.

I haven’t liked anything so far 🤪 because, obviously, I know exactly what kind of apartment I want and it’s way out of my budget 😂

3. I have two months off between graduating and starting work. I had planned to fly home for a month and then travel to Greece and Italy (HAHAHA. 🥲) before returning in July.

In light of those plans crashing and burning, I’ve made new plans that I’m soooo excited about. More on that once they start to materialise!

4. Also can’t wait to get the hell out of Assiniboine. #iykyk 😭🤮

#lifeupdate #lifestory #lifestories #lifestories_community #lifeofadventure #lifelessons #creativelifehappylife #mbalife #mbastudent #bigplans #2021plans #summer2021 #studentlife #lifeintoronto #backtowork #backtoworksoon #thankyounext #studenttravel #2021goals #personalstory #personalstories #personalgrowth #personalgrowthjourney #newadventures #newadventuresawait #newadventuresahead #nextchapter #nextchapterinlife #nextchapterbegins
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Instagram post 17871043670326545 6 layers of clothing but the wrong damn shoes 🥴 Yesterday’s spur of the moment road trip was an unexpected surprise that felt like a LIFEBOAT after all these days of aimlessly loitering around campus. 🎒🚙👫

We loved our time at Terra Cotta Conservation Area and recommend it if you’re looking to drive for an hour and hike a bit. It’s close to Calendon/a small drive from Halton Hills and cafes/malls etc are open here. Also a great spot to play in the snow, go sledging or learn/practice skiing. 

Travellers, how are we feeling about life at home 12 months in? 

#terracottaconservationarea #terracotta #travelontario #travelontariocanada #discovercanada #ontarioroadtrip #covidtravel #covidtrip #roadtripcanada #roadtriptoronto #daytriptoronto #torontotrails #torontotravels #torontotravelblogger #torontotravel #torontosnow #travelcanada🇨🇦 #ontarioparks #ontariowinter #ontariotourism #ontario_adventures #ontarionature #ontariolakes #ontariooutdoors #ontariohikes

6 layers of clothing but the wrong damn shoes 🥴 Yesterday’s spur of the moment road trip was an unexpected surprise that felt like a LIFEBOAT after all these days of aimlessly loitering around campus. 🎒🚙👫

We loved our time at Terra Cotta Conservation Area and recommend it if you’re looking to drive for an hour and hike a bit. It’s close to Calendon/a small drive from Halton Hills and cafes/malls etc are open here. Also a great spot to play in the snow, go sledging or learn/practice skiing.

Travellers, how are we feeling about life at home 12 months in?

#terracottaconservationarea #terracotta #travelontario #travelontariocanada #discovercanada #ontarioroadtrip #covidtravel #covidtrip #roadtripcanada #roadtriptoronto #daytriptoronto #torontotrails #torontotravels #torontotravelblogger #torontotravel #torontosnow #travelcanada🇨🇦 #ontarioparks #ontariowinter #ontariotourism #ontario_adventures #ontarionature #ontariolakes #ontariooutdoors #ontariohikes
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Instagram post 17861047943472346 Feeling my fascination with snow wear off very quickly. We’ve hardly even been back in Canada for a month and I’m sooo tired of seeing snow outside my window 😭 Also need to wear 5 layers of clothing before leaving home for coffee (which is a 30 second walk from our house)

Used to enjoy walks in the snow but it’s too cold and too windy to enjoy the walk (-10 to -18 degrees 🥶). It’s been cold (like COLD) since October and it really feels like forever at this point! 

My trip back home feels like such a distant dream BUT it feels weirdly good to be back on campus too 🥴😌

#snowproblems #snowsnowsnow #snowfairy #februarysnow #woods #greatoutdoors #snowpictures #covidproblems #winterproblems #beautifulsnow #snowcap #snowscene #snowwalk #snowpocalypse #snowcapped #snowlover #ontariowinter #winterlife #canadawinterlife #torontosnow #torontowinterlife

Feeling my fascination with snow wear off very quickly. We’ve hardly even been back in Canada for a month and I’m sooo tired of seeing snow outside my window 😭 Also need to wear 5 layers of clothing before leaving home for coffee (which is a 30 second walk from our house)

Used to enjoy walks in the snow but it’s too cold and too windy to enjoy the walk (-10 to -18 degrees 🥶). It’s been cold (like COLD) since October and it really feels like forever at this point!

My trip back home feels like such a distant dream BUT it feels weirdly good to be back on campus too 🥴😌

#snowproblems #snowsnowsnow #snowfairy #februarysnow #woods #greatoutdoors #snowpictures #covidproblems #winterproblems #beautifulsnow #snowcap #snowscene #snowwalk #snowpocalypse #snowcapped #snowlover #ontariowinter #winterlife #canadawinterlife #torontosnow #torontowinterlife
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Instagram post 17860320938457455 Really need the world to go back to normal now 😢 For the libraries to allow us to sit there for hours and the ice cream parlours to open again. Meanwhile the one thing that makes me happiest these days is picking up the camera and clicking away in the snow. What’s the one thing that makes you happy rn? 

#covidactivities #canadawinter #canadafashion #canadasnow #canadá #canadagram #snowoutfit #winteroutfit #winteroutfits #canadianblogger #canadablogger #torontofashionblogger #torontoblogger #torontowinter #torontosnow #snowpictures #snowpic #snowphotography #snowphotoshoot #snowphoto #snowphotos #snowseason #snowscene #sonyalpha #sonyalphasclub #sonyalpha6000 #sonyalphaclub

Really need the world to go back to normal now 😢 For the libraries to allow us to sit there for hours and the ice cream parlours to open again. Meanwhile the one thing that makes me happiest these days is picking up the camera and clicking away in the snow. What’s the one thing that makes you happy rn?

#covidactivities #canadawinter #canadafashion #canadasnow #canadá #canadagram #snowoutfit #winteroutfit #winteroutfits #canadianblogger #canadablogger #torontofashionblogger #torontoblogger #torontowinter #torontosnow #snowpictures #snowpic #snowphotography #snowphotoshoot #snowphoto #snowphotos #snowseason #snowscene #sonyalpha #sonyalphasclub #sonyalpha6000 #sonyalphaclub
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Instagram post 18177857869072150 *almost* a mid-air dab? Extra point for jumping in 5 kgs of extra weight from all that clothing I’m covered in 🤪 Shot in -11 degrees perceived temp! 

#snowyday #snowsnowsnow #canadawinter #wintercanada #explorecanada #eddiebauer #yorkuviews #canadawale #canadalove #canadablogger #canadianwinter #canadianfashion #canadianstreetstyle #winterfashion #winterfashion2020 #canadianlife #canadianblog #canadianweather #canadaweather #canadianadventure #snowadventures #snowadventure #snowlover #snowmuchfun

*almost* a mid-air dab? Extra point for jumping in 5 kgs of extra weight from all that clothing I’m covered in 🤪 Shot in -11 degrees perceived temp!

#snowyday #snowsnowsnow #canadawinter #wintercanada #explorecanada #eddiebauer #yorkuviews #canadawale #canadalove #canadablogger #canadianwinter #canadianfashion #canadianstreetstyle #winterfashion #winterfashion2020 #canadianlife #canadianblog #canadianweather #canadaweather #canadianadventure #snowadventures #snowadventure #snowlover #snowmuchfun
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