My name is Bart and I'm new to this forum (discovered it last weekend and have been reading it since). I'm kind of new to the idea of travelling many countries at a time for long periods of time, but I'm not new to travelling in general (or at least not new to Europe). I'm originally from Belgium but I've been living in Ireland for the last year-and-a-half, so if anyone wants tips on Belgium or Ireland I'll be glad to help out!
I'm not a lad, but I'm saying hi anyway!
Just wanted to say I love your photo gallery... I was in Dublin this June (then off to Belfast) and your pictures are exactly as I remember it. Complete with grey skies, too! Beautiful city, though... Also went to belgium a few years ago and loved that, too.
Hehe yeah you might not be a lad, but in Ireland (or at least in Cork) even the girls call each other lads :-) kinda weird though :-)
I'm planning to come to Canada to study (Toronto cos' my French is not good enough to live in Québeq), but I don't know when I will end up there. I hope it's gonna be somewhere next year.
Waw I'm really amazed that you actually went to Belgium :-) Most people from overseas (read: "Americans") don't even know where Belgium is :-) But they've all heard about Belgian chocolate though!
But anyway, maybe you can send me some pics of Montréal or put some on your profile cos' I'd love to see what it's like over there!
Toronto, yay! When are you coming to study?
Actually, there are two big English universities in Montreal - and a spattering of French plus an open mind will get you by pretty well here. (Some people never learn a drop of French and get by fine - although they don't know what they're missing...!)
Come to think of it, I haven't a single picture of Montreal - people in Montreal, yes, but not much when it comes to landscapes or interesting places to see. Lots of pictures of Paris, though!
I really loved Belgium, although I only got to see Brussels and Brugge (had a 2-day stopover). Want to go back and see Flanders Fields, though...
I don't know when I'm coming yet, and it's actually not gonna be Toronto, but Waterloo/Wellington/Breslau, around that area. That shouldn't be too far from Toronto, right?
Anyway I don't know when I will end up there, it depends when they have an opening for the education I want to take, and it also depends on whether I get accepted (and I will!).
Waterloo is about 1 to 1 1/2 hours outside of Toronto (depending on traffic and where you want to go in Toronto). It's very central to a number of fun activities in the area, depending on what you like to do.
Maybe by the time you end up there, we'll have actually organized a North American TP get-together...