Time to move on....exhausted.....
Trip Start Jul 22, 2009
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Monday morning I was up early to get to the airport by 8 AM. I pick up Rhéline and then we have to go find the cargo area to get her ferret, Pippin. 15 minutes later and we find the place. The employee says it shouldn't be long...the plane landed at 7 AM. 45 minutes later and we're on our way. Pippin wasn't too stressed out from the plane ride.
It's a half hour drive to downtown Montreal and Rhéline's apartment...or it should have been without all the detours. GPS' are great...sometimes...unless you have high speed motorways with exit ramps going off in every direction and one on top of the other...then you don't know whether you're on the right road or not. Noticing that the GPS was telling me to turn into a building...definitely not right... I realize that I should have been in the tunnel beneath the surface and not on the downtown street. Add in the construction...and it takes a lot longer to get to your destination.
At the apartment and we meet the owner/caretaker. He shows Rhéline her pad for the next 12 months. The look on her face is of utter disappointment and shock. If I hadn't been there I think she would have spent the morning crying in shock. The room was a small bachelor pad. The picture she saw of the room on Kijiji was deceiving. It was actually of another apartment that was larger.
The apartment is on trendy St. Denis Street and close to the University. The price was right. This was to be expected. Just a shock for someone moving from home for the first time and picturing a grandiose "first" home away from home. We bring the first load of stuff in from the truck and then head off to pick up the futon and bookcase she had found on Kijiji. These items were in the suburbs north of Montreal. An hour or two of driving and loading and we're back in the apartment. I put the bookcase back together, move some stuff around, and the apartment actually looks bigger. Rhéline had hoped to have the futon plus a bed mattress. That would not be possible in this room.
By 7 PM I was exhausted (it was quite warm and humid) and headed back to the trailer. Monique had invited us over for supper and a swim in their pool. I had sent a message saying supper would be a no-go but that Alexis would love the swim (and that I could use the soak in the hot tub). We socialized till late then headed back to the trailer. It would be another long day on Tuesday to shop for all those things that you require in your first home.
Tuesday comes around and we head off for some shopping. Zellers and Canadian Tire have the bulk of what she needs. Then a trip to IKEA (in rush hour traffic). YUCK! Back at the apartment by 8 PM and I'm totally out of steam. I promise Rhéline I'll come back in the morning to finish putting things together and putting nails in the wall for picture frames. She's definitely not the home handyman kind. On the way back to the trailer we stop at another Kijiji find that had a lamp that Rhéline definitely "needed".
This morning I head into town, put the finishing touches on the apartment (curtain rod, coat hooks, put IKEA coffee table together, etc) then rush back to the campground (already late for the 11 AM check-out) and the get ready for the drive to Quebec City.
What a whirlwind few days. I don't, and Rhéline didn't, know how she would have been able to get settled into her apartment if I hadn't been there. I have to give credit to all the people who do move away from home to a new city and get settled in without help. I know Rhéline would have managed but it would have taken a lot longer than 2 days and would have cost more to get the furniture she wanted.
The apartment actually looks quite good once we had everything in place. She'll do fine.
Time to move on. Next stop...Quebec City.