I know what you mean... the hustle and bustle of the big city can be overwhelming sometimes. I like living close enough to visit whenever I want, yet far enough away that I need a car to drive to most places. It's a good mix, plus I grew up in Staten Island (where most my family still lives), so I'm still close enough to them also.
Steph - Toronto is great. It is really the financial and business center for Canada, so it's been a comfortable place to be for me. I worked in NYC for 12 years before coming here - so it's nice being in a cosmopolitan place without alot of the headaches that Manhattan has. Of course, everytime I get home to NY I hate to leave it again.
My foot operation was about 10 years ago and it doesn't impair my mobility now. I walk probably 10-15 miles per week just doing errands and going about town. But the next day I do pay for it in my knees - old childhood, sports related injuries, I think. So I stick to low-impact, elliptical types of exercise whenever I can.
All the best to you as you complete your program. This is a good place to take a break and maybe even have a laugh or two.
I understand the pain now... sounds like you're definitely active, but the knee pain seems pretty unpleasant.
Thanks for the good wishes! I'm excited to finish up and obtain my license! I just gave a friend her first facial tonight and she didn't want to get up and leave. I'm happy with this potential new career path in my future.