Trip Start Jun 06, 2009
Trip End Dec 01, 2009

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Sébastien's Place

Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Sunday, July 12, 2009

So, I made arrangements with a guy through couch surfing, to pick him up in Quebec, where he was seeing the music festival, and drive back to his place in Montreal where I would crash for a few days.  The schedule worked well and we got a few hours to talk in the car and get to know each other. I'm glad he was with me when we got to Montreal. Much like New York, if you don't know where you're going, you're gonna have a bad time. I would have been more lost then .... insert joke here. 
 At this point, I can't say enough about Sébastien. I'm writing this entry after the great couple of days we spent together. Let's just say that he loves Montreal. And with great due. There was a fantastic music festival going on. The whole down town of the city closes for a week, while the streets are entertained by five different stages and things to see everywhere. The Montreal Jazz Fest has been going for 30 years. Just check out the video of the last night finally.  

 They were also having a fireworks competition. Yes, they have those! With countries competing. The week I was there China was pulling out the stops. There was a big thunderstorm at the same time, and a streak of lighting shot across the sky as the fireworks show hit full tilt.  Amazing. I found a restaurant at 3am in the morning that was still serving great phó. That's a city. Check out the video of the drum circle in the big park. You can't tell but there was over a hundred people drumming and playing and dancing and blowing fire. Speaking of blowing fire: I can do that now. One of many things Sébastien had a good time showing me. Again, refer to video below. And for you beer people, I tried some of the best beer I've ever had, ever, in Montreal. Evidently they're known for it. 

 I got to meet some of Sébastien friends as well, who only added to the fun of the city. If you like a big international city, you must check this place out. They have medieval mock-battles every Sunday with bunches of people. All swinging big foam swords and shooting foam tipped arrows. Nerdy.... Yes. A ridiculous amount of fun for both spectator and combatant... Yes!  I also biked all over the city which, surprise surprise, is very bike friendly. The rain was unpredictable but exciting. I want to go back again for next years music festival. Great host. Great food. Great city.  Thanks Sébastien, for being such a great host and new friend. Merci.
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