montreal part 3.
Whatttttt. Part 3?! Montreal again?!
Well, let me tell you.
My sister came this week! From Wednesday to Sunday I had the amazing opportunity to just hang out with her. Probably the longest time in the past four or five years that we have intentionally taken to just be in each others presence. We did a whole host of things here in Ottawa, and then on Friday night we looked at each other and said, "Why don't we go to Montreal tomorrow?!"
I have to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of Montreal. When I went with my parents the first time, I was not overly impressed. I talked to my sister about this, and I came to the conclusion that I compare everything with Vancouver. In the same fashion that I came to the realization that I am lucky to have grown up in Kelowna, I realized the same about living, going to school and church in Van City. It's pretty amazing with the mountains, the ocean...the whole thing. If you know me well you'll know how much I love Vancouver. That city has my heart. Sorry, TANGENT. But, I think I compared Montreal to Van a little too much. No mountains, really flat, super spread out, no ocean...you get the picture.
Then, we went back with our class, and I got to explore a little more. I then began to appreciate the history of the city and it's importance in Canadian history. This time, Sarah wanted to go, and we had nothing else on the agenda, so we grabbed a car and took a road trip! I will say, I think this is God's way of reminding me to be patient and take time when warming up to new things and places. First impressions are not always the real deal.
We arrived and immediately went to the Biodome, which is right next to the Olympic Oval. If you look at the my first post, you'll see the Olympic stadium in the first picture. The biodome is tucked right behind that and is comprised of five distinct geographical areas that you tour through. 10/10 recommend! It blew us away and reminded us of the crazy diversity Canada has, geographically speaking. Although the first section was not a distinct Canadian geographical area (jungle forest type), I think we liked that the best because it was the warmest.
After the biodome, we headed to the Maisonneuve Market where I proceeded to order croissants in French. I butchered my French as Sarah put it. After the market, we parked downtown and went for a bite to eat in the Old Montreal district. The same area that Mom and Dad and I had spent the majority of our time in.
It has been a really neat experience going to the same place with new people each time. Each person accepts and experiences that city a different way, and I love that. At the restaurant, Sarah and I got to catch up and really just spend some quality sister time together. That hasn't happened in a long time. I also tried calamari for the first time! Basically the onion rings of the sea...why have I been missing out for so long?!
After dinner, we decided that we should both probably get some homework done, and so I took her to my favourite coffee shop in Montreal, dubbed "Tommy". A tri-level split cafe with MAJOR hip/funk/mirror/surf/vines-hanging-from-the-ceiling-vibes, is where I have found myself visiting or walking by each of these last few times I have gone. We realized that it closed in half an hour, so proceeded to walk back to our car. Driving home, we listened to the Hamilton soundtrack. I recommend that too.
Was it a great weekend? YES! Did I get any work done? NOPE. Was it worth it? OF COURSE.
That's all for now friends. Thanks for coming to the blog today! A few updates to come this week, keep your eyes and ears open :)