"Where is Home?" is one of the toughest questions to answer. Why? Because my home - in the traditional definition - is Toronto. I never thought I'd ever call another city aside from the one that I grew up in, where my family all resides, and where some of my fondest memories were formed, my Home.
When I first packed my bags for Seattle, I thought to myself, "I'll give this city 2 or 3 years and I'll either head off to California or back to Toronto." Never did I think Seattle was going to be anything long term. It's a little funny meeting new transplants to this city and seeing their shocked faces when I explain that I've been living in Seattle for 7 years and can't see myself moving back to the east coast, or to anywhere else, for that matter.
Living in Seattle is like experiencing the terrain of the most thoughtfully planned video game. Drive an hour north for snowboarding. Head east and enjoy a day on the water kayaking or paddle boarding. Don't like snowboarding or being on the water? No problem! The hiking trails are ready for ya! Drive in almost any direction and experience the different flavours of neighbourhoods with some of the most delicious menus ever.
Between the stunning views, constant activities outdoors, mixed with some of the friendliest people I have ever met, Seattle pulled me in and made me fall in love with the city. It doesn't hurt that I also met my husband here. Together, we're constantly exploring the new things that Washington has to offer, eating our way through new neighbourhoods, and creating a lifetime of memories through our adventures together.
When people now ask me "Where is Home"? The simple answer is: Seattle. This city captured my heart when I least expected it.