Montreal Photo Set Part 4

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1. The other day I walked a short ways with a retired pilot from Iran (it’s crazy what can happen when you are on the right side of the sidewalk at the right time).

 

“Be happy,” he said, through a thick accent and moustache’d lips, “When you are young, the world is for you.”

 

He asked me where my boyfriend was and I told him I was single. Grabbing my hand, he exclaimed, “Pretty, young, and kind! I am a lucky man!” I laughed at his cheekiness.

 

When we parted ways, he called after me: “Travel as much as you can while you are young! And above all, be happy!”

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2.Up the ladder, down the hatch – my oldest friend and I snuck up the roof of a McGill dorm. We were silent, not only because we had to be, but there was a sense of revere up there. We were celebrating the sweet 16 of our friendship, and I think it’s okay that sometimes celebrations can be quiet.

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TRIVIA NIGHT: Brutopia 

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MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT: Schwartz’s

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THRIFT STORE H(E)AVEN: Eva-B

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STATIONARY SHOP: Papeterie Nota Bene

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COFFEE: Pikolo Espresso Bar

Montreal Photo Set Part 3

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1. The rate at which I’m intaking information, sensory details, and experiences makes it easy for my travels to become a kaleidoscopic blur. One moment I am enthralled by the story of someone new, and the next, I am in awe by a mural or building or cute coffee shop, already leaving behind the former and letting bits and pieces fleet away as I move forward more quickly than my soul can handle. I forget why writing is good for me, and try to keep track of everything in my head; glazing over the small things and acting as if the things that fall between the cracks don’t have the power to move hearts. There is a quote that goes: “Being inspired is not a luxury. It’s a responsibility.” And I think part of that responsibility is letting myself soak in and process the things that I see. It’s tempting to always go and go and go and go when I only have short spurts of time in each place, but I’m always getting my ass kicked with that lifestyle. I’m wired to rest once and a while, even if there is an entire city to be explored before me. How am I going to come home a changed human being if I don’t give the things that are going to change me the time to sink in a little more than skin deep?

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2. My mom always told me to never go to Montreal, because once I go, I will never come back to her. When she went to school in Ontario, she would take trips to Montreal on the weekends purely just to shop, and I still keep a few pieces in my closet from her shopping trips. Her favourite part of the city was Old Port. I wonder if I fell in love with Old Montreal the same way she did when she was 21. DSC_0011 DSC_0022

3. Nancy and I checked out a band called • Seoul • on Saturday night. They have chill vibes and there is nothing bad about them, so you have no reason not to click that link. (There are a lot of negatives in that sentence, but I promise that you will feel positively about this band.)

Montreal Photo Set Part 2

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BRUNCH: Le CartetDSC_0096FRENCH BOOKSTORE: Le Port de tete (cutest children’s book section!)DSC_0103 DSC_0157 DSC_0177

ART AND GRAFFITI SPACE: Under Pressure DSC_0193 DSC_0212

ITALIAN RESTAURANT: Wienstein & Gavino’sDSC_0002

BAR: SuWuDSC_0012

BAR: Bar B1 (we got frozen beers or ‘ice cream beers’ here!!)DSC_0016

TWO DOLLAR CHOW MEIN: Two Chow (he gave me a free spring roll, because I took his picture.)

Montreal Photo Set Pt. 1

I have arrived in the land of BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine), French everything, and best of all, brunch city! Here are a few shots form my first two days here, but it’s been so crazy since I got here that I’ve barely had time to transfer photos from my camera to my laptop. In the words of my favourite Montrealer, Francis (actually, I think he is the only person I know who’s actually from Montreal and not just here to study/work):
“This is Montreal. You pretend to be rich by going to fancy restaurants, bars, and shops. And then you end the night by eating poutine in the park.”

DSC_0007BAR: Big in Japan Bar (“the place you would take your mistress”)

DSC_0019COFFEE SHOP: Kitsune Espresso Bar

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DSC_0033LUNCH: Lola Rosa (make sure you check the drawers for notes!)

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DSC_0073DESSERT: Juliette et Chocolat

DSC_0083BAR: Bar le Saint-Sulpice