Archive for December, 2004

Brrrr…

There we go. Today was the coldest day since it snowed. Omitting to wear a hat and gloves during daylight on the previous days wasn’t a problem. Today, I wasn’t able to resist the cold. If you’ve never been to Montreal, remember that when the sun is shining during winter, it is generally colder than when clouds are around. The nights are all the same, whether it’s cloudy or not. When it’s snowing, sure we all think of traffic and walking in the snow and finding a parking spot, but the scenery is so beautiful.
I use the metro subway system everyday and it’s really a pain during winter. Everyone have their big coats and the temperature is so different from outside, specially during rush hours. If you use the bus and have to wait outside he bus stop, you’re screwed. If you live close to a metro station like I do, I strongly suggest you don’t wear overwhelming clothes, because it is so uncomfortable when the metro is crowded. I’m talking about this because I’ve recently done a research and a presentation on the metro in Montreal and it turned out to be a pretty interesting subject.
Anyways, if you’re looking for diversity, Montreal is a great place to start.

Roadsworth

Chaque fois que je traverse une rue o

Quelques suggestions de sorties

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Il neige, mais

Magic is all there is

It starts to snow and it’s all people talk about on their blog, including me ;)
Rather than to look at all the misery snow can cause, I look at it as magical. To see it that way, no one should go in the streets. Just take a walk in the park and the good thing about Montreal, is that there are many beautiful spots to enjoy the scenery along with the snow. Then, have a snow fight, release that kid in you; keep that kid within and you might as well consider your life to be over. Personnally, I don’t think I would be able to spend any Christmas without snow, without seeing people in their big coats and their boots, kids smiling in the snow and shoving the snow off the front of the house is a wonderful moment to socialize with the neighbours.
It’s all magical.

Let it snow, let it snow, fret it snow…

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The big snow started last week. Early December is about right, but I seem to remember having a few “teaser” days where the snow would fall but disappear by the next day. This year, though, there was none of that. It snowed hard, and kept on snowing… and it “snows no sign of letting up!” Hehe.

I was driving back home from downtown late last friday night (probably the worst snow night so far), when it had been snowing hard for a few hours and the fine, upstanding snow removal entities we have in place didn’t see fit to start working yet. The 20 minute trip took a lengthy one-and-a-half hours, with speeds of about 20km/h on the roads (maximum is 50km/h) and 50km/h on the highway (maximum is 100km/h or “as fast as you can go”, depending). The pic above is of Sherbrooke street, one of the main streets in downtown Montreal.

It was an interesting drive all the same. It’s quite something to be driving carefully, respecting the weather conditions (lest I find myself wrapped around a pole), and warily watch a group of 19 year olds packed in mom’s SUV zoom by in the right lane with all four winter tires spinning. Four wheel drive and winter tires do not a Demi-God make. Regardless, I drove by that very same SUV about 5 minutes later, after it had become one with a snowbank. As I stopped by and ensured that no one was dead (well, excluding brain-dead), I reminded myself to take it extra-easy on the way home, and I slowed down by another 5km/h.

I love this city.

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