More Adventures In Montreal

So, bright and early the next morning I woke up, eager to put my one day in Montreal to the good use. I wasnt supposed to meet my friend, Phil, until noon, so I had quite a bit of time to kill meandering towards the place where I was to meet him. Not far from my Hostel was Parc la Fontaine, which no matter how hard I tried I seemed unable to pronounce to the satisfaction of the Montrealese. Montrealians? Montrealites? You know what I mean. Anyway. So I hiked the two blocks to this park and wandered around there for about an hour. Found some extremely friendly squirrels who ate out of my hands quite charmingly. Here is a picture of one that I think is desktop quality (click it for the full version if you want to download it):

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I think his hands being made into fists is a coincidence; I dont think he wanted to take me on. Still, it was pretty cute. So I let him eat most of my energy bar Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on March 31st, 2008 by Natnee and filed under Canada | 3 Comments »

Mission To Montreal

I found myself recently in extreme upstate New York on business with a few days left over before I had to return home, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to see Montreal. Being a relatively self-involved american, the sum total of my knowledge of Montreal was that it was in Canada. I did read a Nancy Drew book when I was 14 that was based there, but I had forgotten most of that. So why did I go, you ask?

Because it was there. And besides, I did have a friend there Id known for years over the internet that I hoped to meet. My friends in NY dropped me off on the American side of the border in Cornwall. They declined to cross over into Canada since apparently someone with a similar name did something very bad in Kentucky and well they didnt feel like going through the mill again and I didnt blame them. Unfortunately this left me hiking about 2 miles across two enormous bridges over the St. Lawrence river in 32 degree weather. But hey, part of what makes my kind of travel fun is being uncomfortable. It sounds strange but it works for me. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on January 7th, 2008 by Natnee and filed under Canada | 3 Comments »

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