Saturday, July 31, 2010

Montreal Part 2

When the sun finally decided to come out, the first thing we did was get on a bikes. Bixi is the coolest bike sharing system ever. $5/day gets you access to as many bikes as you need to get around. You can pick up a bike at one station and drop it off at another. I wish NY had a system like this, but I don't think our residents are responsible enough to maintain it. 

I'm so Asian. I actually hate having photos taken of me, and the peace sign is a nervous twitch that makes awkward photo ops even more awkward. 

Cruising along the canal.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Montreal Part 1

I've always enjoyed off-season travel. Because I live in New York, the thought of going on a crowded vacation gives me flashbacks to all the times I've foolishly ventured into Trader Joe's on a Sunday morning. (Literally lines out the door.) Vic and I decided to visit Montreal in May figuring the weather would be nice and the crowds would be smaller.

When I landed in Montreal (only a 1.5 hour flight from NYC!), my first thought was, "Where the heck is everyone?" Never have I seen such a clean, empty airport. With an hour to kill before Vic's flight came in, I roamed around and captured the unprecedented  stillness.

My second thought was, "Wow, it's really French here." For some reason I was under the impression that half of the population spoke mostly English but when we arrived, almost all conversations were carried in French.  I read somewhere that 85% of Montrealers speak French at home, yet almost everyone we met spoke English fluently as well. I was blown away by the flawless bilingualism so now I must learn French. Willing to barter design services for French lessons. Email me :)