Ahhhh, Montreal – tu me manques! I first stepped foot in La Belle Province when I was 15 and I spent 2 months in Quebec City improving my French. I had grown up in a bilingual elementary school and really just needed a confidence booster to speak it in public. It was fun, no, amazing — it was also my first real summer away from home. And while I spent every free evening and weekend exploring the alleys and remote corners of the city, I never ended up making it to Montreal (a 1 hour bus ride away).
Fast forward a few years and as I was considering my future post-high school, I knew in my heart that Montreal was the only city for me. I can’t explain why, only that I knew it was the right choice for me. And I wasn’t wrong!
What an amazing and vibrant city Montreal is; I spent many a night out (albeit, at bars) but also weekends exploring the local markets, cool neighbourhoods and funky shops. In first year I got assigned to Solin Hall (which, at the time, was the ONLY residence not on campus) which forced me to take the STM everywhere and begin to familiarize myself with the Montreal way of life. Ironically, I barely spoke any French during my four years of residency and it ended up being the leading factor for my departure. I also wanted to pursue my studies, which eventually lead me back to Vancouver by way of Shanghai.
It’s been ages since I’ve been back, six years, in fact, so you can imagine how ecstatic I was when I recently got the opportunity to visit the city for a work trip!
Sadly, the majority of the pictures I took from my week there got wiped… don’t even get me started — but I’ve managed to salvage a few of my favourites. Enjoy!