Punk is not dead (in Montreal)...or cheese curds
Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
36Trip End Dec 16, 2012
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By the time I was able to get off the bus I was feeling light headed and in a bad state of mind for my first day in Montreal. All I wanted was a bottle of water and some food. I was not in the mood for the hustle of the bus terminal or decoding the language to try and buy sandwich. I guess it was a culture shock I wasn`t prepared for. I had believed the city would offer a mix of spoken languages but French was clearly the preferred dialect!
I had decided to walk to my hostel as it was only a 15min walk
As it was still only 5:00pm I attempted to investigate the local area, but my heart wasn't in it. I only wanted to find an ice cream shop and eat gelato (great ice-cream!). I decided as I was clearly not in the right state of mind to go to bed, and then slept for about 15 hours!
After such a long sleep I felt more energised, my mood was improved and I felt more prepared to take on the challenges before me. I began the day with a little retail therapy. The clothes here are amazing and there were some great bargains to be had. A walk took me through a park filled with people wearing black with shaved hair and mow-hawks... Lots of people in the city still seem to adopt this look. Punk is still rocking on in Montreal!
I had fortunately taken my phrase book with me and could remember some words but still struggled with the language barrier. Particularly in the hostel where everyone speaks in French
Yesterday consisted of mostly walking; though Montreal's Latin Quarter, Historic Old Town, Notre Dame, China Town and the Ports. the city was alive with multiple festivals.. An African Nuit Festival and also a Huge outdoor Comedy Festival with street performances, etc. Unfortunately my Camera battery died and I was unable to get photo's at this event, which is a shame because the photo's would have been fantastic! I walked into a unique and extremely entertaining act that had mimes dressed as snails ( i think) who were wearing vacuum cleaners built into their costume... ridiculous but funny! That night I headed to a local Jazz bar which was playing around the corner, the band had a bit of a latin influence and played very well.
This morning took me to the Mount Royal park, where they have African drummers playing on Sunday morning. I spent most of the day walking (Again). I also went to Lafontaine Park and walked around the lake, however watching the couples around the park made me think of someone at home, and miss him! For dinner I tried Poutine; a Canadian cuisine consisting of chips, gravy and cheese curds. I can't say I was a fan of the cheese curds, so to wash it down I had a 'Moosehead' beer (pretty good), and a Campbells chunky vegetable soup.