8 everyday tasks that are a struggle for newcomers during Canada’s winter

When you don’t know the winters in Canada, you can hardly imagine what it is really like to experience temperatures below zero. It’s something that you only learn when you come and live your first Canadian winter. For example I couldn’t have ever imagined that smiling on a windy winter day could make your teethContinue reading “8 everyday tasks that are a struggle for newcomers during Canada’s winter”

My first year blogging about Ottawa from an immigrant’s perspective

It’s been a year since I started a blog with a funny name. When I started writing “Ottawa is not boring”, I didn’t imagine how long I was going to keep writing it. The teacher told us to write a blog about a topic we felt passionate about. I didn’t have to think a lot,Continue reading “My first year blogging about Ottawa from an immigrant’s perspective”

How to immigrate to Canada as an international student

One of the many ways to migrate legally to Canada is to come as an international student. The advantages of this path are its quickness and the increased chances of obtaining permanent residence. Canada is currently the top study abroad destination, according to several surveys, due to its highly ranked universities, the quality of education,Continue reading “How to immigrate to Canada as an international student”

14 great waterfront parks in Ottawa to enjoy the city

One of the best things about Ottawa is the great vast green areas, natural and man-made, in Canada’s capital. Its public parks are beautifully designed and landscaped, inviting residents to enjoy every single minute during the warmer months. The most beautiful parks in the city are the ones that are somehow connected to water: rivers,Continue reading “14 great waterfront parks in Ottawa to enjoy the city”

Expectations vs reality: What you should know if you’re moving to Canada

For everyone who has decided to emigrate, settling down in a new country is the adventure of our lives. Emigrating can be seen as a long held dream come true, but at the same time as a big risk or a huge mistake. No matter how good your research is before emigrating to Canada, manyContinue reading “Expectations vs reality: What you should know if you’re moving to Canada”

The 14 best things about living in Ottawa

Since moving to Ottawa in 2018 I have become quite fond of the city. I think Canada’s capital meets all the characteristics anyone would look for in finding the best city in Canada, that is, the ideal place to live. That’s my personal view of course. If you have kids, and you’re an active personContinue reading “The 14 best things about living in Ottawa”

Eight Canadian habits and cultural differences that immigrants have to learn

Emigrating is not an easy thing for anyone. Starting a new life in a different country, immersing oneself in a different culture and using a different language presents many challenges. It can range from getting used to new habits to facing big cultural shocks. Moving to Canada is a big dream for many but whenContinue reading “Eight Canadian habits and cultural differences that immigrants have to learn”

Beacon Hill: the neighborhood of great schools in Ottawa

I often hear a question from people interested in moving to Ottawa:  where are the nicest neighborhoods in Canada’s capital? For people who live in Ottawa it’s kind of difficult to answer that question, not because of a lack of nice neighborhoods, but because practically all neighborhoods in Ottawa are really nice. So, my replyContinue reading “Beacon Hill: the neighborhood of great schools in Ottawa”

Living in Ottawa: Pros and cons

Ottawa is no doubt a very beautiful city. It’s a mix of historic and majestic buildings in its downtown core, surrounded by luscious forests and crossed by three waterways. I’ve always thought that the urban designers did a great job in designing Canada’s capital. But as everything in life, nothing is perfect and no cityContinue reading “Living in Ottawa: Pros and cons”

Algonquin College: one of the best in Ontario and it’s in Ottawa

Once I moved to Ottawa I often heard the name Algonquin. Gradually I understood that people were referring to a college, and apparently a good one because I know of many people who have studied there. But it’s only more recently that I have found out that Algonquin College is one of the best inContinue reading “Algonquin College: one of the best in Ontario and it’s in Ottawa”