Born in Arans, Andorra |
When Pere was eighteen he moved from Andorra to France and lived there for the next ten years. It was in the city of Paris, fourteen years ago, where he met his wife Laurie who is from Sharon, Ontario. Together they moved to Andorra, but their vacation time was always spent in Toronto and Ontario’s ‘cottage country’. Last summer they moved here permanently so they could be close to Laurie’s family. Since arriving Pere has found the people here to be mostly “hard-working, honest, proud and happy” and, compared to Andorra, he says there are a lot more food options here.
“You can walk one block and feel that you are in a different country.”
Currently he is running a vacation rental business called Andorra Rural from home.
Toronto as Home
Pere loves the St. Lawrence Market – a place that he feels demonstrates Toronto’s diversity. This is where Pere usually shops and enjoys the wide selection of meat, cheese, vegetables and coffee that are available. He especially likes to take a break to sit and watch the hustle and bustle of the market. It reminds him of the ones in France, where you go not only for the food, but for the entire sensory experience.
Connection with the Past
Other than friends and family, the mountains are the only thing Pere truly misses about Andorra, explaining how he would bring them here if he could! “The Rock” in Yorkville is the closest thing to a mountain he has found in Toronto, and he loves the fact that this six hundred ton piece of the glacial shield was transported here from the lake region north of Toronto. Jokingly he says that “Canadians can move mountains”!