Montreal

The frigid temperatures of Montreal, Quebec set the stage for this past weekend’s adventures. It all started last Friday after work when Lucas and I decided to drive five and a half hours north into Canada for a couple of days checking out what our northern neighbor has to offer. The adventure started off on an exciting note with my little car coming close to running out of gas somewhere in the middle of Vermont… at ten o’clock at night… during a snow storm!

Never the less, my little car made it’s way across the border into Quebec finally stopping in a snow-accumulated Montreal just before one in the morning. Luckily for us, we made it just in time! As the hostel where we stayed at, the Alternative Backpacker’s Hostel, locks their doors at 1am.

We did a lot of exploring in this great little city. Due to the freezing temperatures, the majority of the exploring was done via the very convenient and very much appreciated "underground city" (locals call it the RÉSO) that sprawls for kilometers and kilometers under the city providing easy and warm access to just about anywhere in the city. The downside to the “underground city” is that it feels like the entirety of Montreal is one huge shopping mall.

The Auberge Alternative du Vieux-Montréal was located in Old Montreal and was a great price for a cozy little hostel at a great location. It was a couple of blocks away from the underground city and had some great cafes near by. The for a dorm bed was CA$20 which is about US$16 a day… can’t beat that price! And I personally really enjoy the hostel atmosphere where travelers are abundant and friends are easy to make.

During the trip, we visited the spectacular Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, where they had a great exhibition on the ever blurring relationship of art and music in our modern times of rock and roll. The exhibition was called “Sympathy for the Devil” and included the distinct interaction of art and rock in the different scenes through out the world, such as New York, London, Continental Europe and West Coast and Midwest US, amongst others. Lucas had a field day taking pictures with his IPhone as the museum security folks followed us around.

We also got a chance to meet up with some of the “frenchie” folks from the guild at an Irish Pub where the beer flowed and the WoW references never stopped! It’s always so much fun to meet the folks behind the keyboards and see how great people they really are. I’ve met a bunch of them over the past year or so and I have yet to be disappointed by the their warm hospitality, great company and interesting conversations.

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