Well, the nature is stunning! and I find that people in general is very open and friendly. It has been hard to adopt to a whole new culture though, and I must admit that I miss Europe. I haven’t found it super easy to integrate, but now after 4 years, I start to feel at home 😉 I still struggle a bit with the French language, and it still surprises me how French Quebec is even today – but that’s something you rather not discuss with a quebecois!
I like working from home, though it can get lonely – and I get easily distracted by other things I have to do in the house! I love that I don’t have to rush out the door in the morning (specially here in the winter season) and working from home gives you a fantastic flexibility. My son is in full time daycare, which is perfect for both of us – he has a ton of energy and loves playing with all his little friends at the daycare, and I can concentrate on my work when I’m alone in the house. One of the things that I really love about working from home is that we have time in the mornings, and I can go get him early if I want to.
I’ve read on your website about how what prompted you to open Little Cool Toys was a lack of easy access to sturdy, classic, natural toys. What toys in particular did you miss from Denmark? What was a favourite toy growing up? What is a favourite that you’ve given your son (or what’s your son’s favourite)?
One of the things that surprised me when I first came to Canada was the amount of plastic and “imitation” materials used for all sorts of things. I was expecting to see lots of wood and beautiful log houses which is actually a rare sight 😉 We live in a small town, and the selection of toys you find at the mall consists broadly speaking of plastic toys and synthetic plush toys! I inherited some small wooden toys for my son when he was born, and though they have been played with a lot and are very worn, they’re still nice to look at and cool to play with even after 50 years! My best toy as a child was a little teddy bear who followed me everywhere and now belongs to my son. His favourite toys at the moment I think is a beautiful wooden tractor from Holztiger and the Discover Rig from the Canadian company Sprig Toys 😉
EDIT: Unfortunately Little Cool Toys has closed up shop. As the website is no longer active I’ve removed any links heading to it from this post.