By Natalia Foster
If you had told 14-year-old Natalia, that in six years’ time she would be flying 3,500 miles to meet an internet friend, I think she would have stared at you with fear in her eyes and shaken her head as if to say, ‘No way.’ But, in those six years so much has changed, and I have (somehow) found myself on a transatlantic flight heading towards Toronto.
As it is, this isn’t an easy thing to do; but doing something this big with a lack of sight creates a whole array of things to consider and get anxious about. I want to share with you, dear reader, how this trip became a reality, what we got up to while I visited Canada and my tips, tricks, and sneaky hacks to make this a reality for you too.
I think first we need an introduction though, don’t you? Well, everyone, I would like you to meet my wonderful friend Jorja! We met in the murky depths of 2016 via Instagram. I won’t bore you with the details, but it was a mutual interest in content creators that drew us together. Like any online friendship, we had our own ebbs and flows in communication over the years but overall have kept each other afloat in times of stress and cheered the other on in moments of hopefulness. Jorja, from the day we met, has always been an important person in my life. So, when, in December of last year (2021) Jorja suggested I fly out to see them, it felt like an impossible, but incredible opportunity.
Natalia & her friend smiling in front of Niagara falls