My Seven Wonders of Montreal

1.Why is my bank closed on the weekends?
2.Where does Montreal’s reputation for bad drivers come from? There must be a concentration somewhere on the island that I have not yet come across.
3.How is it that everyone in the world does not know how beautiful the women are here?
4.How is it that everyone in the US knows that people in Mexico speak Spanish, but most don’t know that they speak French in Canada?
5.Why is this island the only place on the planet where you cannot turn right on red?
6.Will the debate over sovereignty ever end?
7.How wonderful is it that the three distinct Anglophone, Francophone, and Allophone populations can live so harmoniously?

What are your seven wonders?

6 Comments so far

  1. Peter (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

    I grew up (and learned to drive) in New York City, which is another place you can’t turn right on red.

    And that’s a good thing for the life expectancy of New Yorkers. I suspect the same is true for Montreal.


  2. Christelle (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 4:33 pm

    Why is the bank closed so early on weekdays? That’s the question…! Cuz even on weekdays my Caisse Desjardins closes at 3pm!!!


  3. SG (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 9:46 pm

    Great city, but the drivers really are bad. And the pedestrians are the most docile I’ve seen anywhere (even young thugs wait at dont-walk signs when there are no cars in sight). Which is an interesting chicken-egg question: which came first, the bad drivers or the docile pedestrians?


  4. Frank (unregistered) on February 1st, 2006 @ 10:35 pm

    Peter, yeah, I exaggerated a bit. I’m sure there are other places also. I do like how it tips a hat towards being pedestrian friendly. Though having grown up with the turn on red, a part of me yearns to save the five seconds and make the turn.

    Christelle, yes, I had a half hour window every week to do my banking until they openned another evening. If I miss those two chances, I have to burn a lunch hour and drive to the nearest bank 15 minutes away.

    SG, I’m used to cars cutting in from the right lane at green lights, cars riding the shoulder to cut into bumper to bumper traffic long after their merge lane has disappeared, and everyone driving 15 kmph faster than here. It was dog eat dog in Chicago, though it is not known for having bad drivers. I have been in heaven here and I enjoy driving again.


  5. JELIEL³ (unregistered) on February 2nd, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    1.Why is my bank closed on the weekends?

    There’s this new fandangled interweb thingy and you can do all your banking on it. I haven’t seen the inside of a bank in years.

    2.Where does Montreal’s reputation for bad drivers come from? There must be a concentration somewhere on the island that I have not yet come across.

    Perhaps you are one of them and do not realise it yet ;-)
    3.How is it that everyone in the world does not know how beautiful the women are here?

    Shhhhh! Don’t let the secret out. This means more for us =)

    4.How is it that everyone in the US knows that people in Mexico speak Spanish, but most don’t know that they speak French in Canada?

    They speak mexican in Mexico. Gees how uneducated you are :P

    5.Why is this island the only place on the planet where you cannot turn right on red?

    See Wonder #2

    6.Will the debate over sovereignty ever end?

    God I hope so.

    7.How wonderful is it that the three distinct Anglophone, Francophone, and Allophone populations can live so harmoniously?

    Because we are Montrealers. We have bagels and smoked-meat sandwiches. It doesn’t get much better than this. If ever I have to move away from Montreal, it’s gonna be hard on me.

    What are your seven wonders?

    Just 7? This could be hard.


  6. Raven (unregistered) on February 3rd, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

    4.How is it that everyone in the US knows that people in Mexico speak Spanish, but most don’t know that they speak French in Canada?

    Because it’s not the primary language.

    SG, what part of the city do you live in? Everybody jaywalks where I am.



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