A while back, I posted a small blurb about Montreal’s new bike rental program that is beginning to be implemented across the island. And wouldn’t you know it, people are noticing. The Bixi Bicycle has been named to Time Magazines “Best Inventions of 2008”!
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from Facebook group by the same name, linked here. I removed the ones Jon and I weren’t yet familiar with.
- you pronounce it “Muntreal”, not “Mahntreal”
- you have ever said anything like “I have to stop at the guichet before we go to the dep.”
- your only concern about jaywalking is getting a ticket
- you understand and frequently use terms like “unilingual”, “anglophone”, “francophone”, and “allophone”
- you agree that Montreal drivers are crazy, but you’re secretly proud of their nerves of steel
- the most exciting thing about the South Shore is that you can turn right on a red
- you know that the West Island is not a separate geographical formation
- in moments of paranoia, you think that there’s no red line on the Metro because red is a federalist colour
- you have to bring smoked meat from Schwartz’s and bagels from St-Viateur if you’re visiting anyone west of Cornwall
- you know how to pronounce Pie IX
- you have an ancient auntie who still says “Saint Dennis”
- you believe to the depth of your very being that Toronto has no soul – but your high school reunion is held in Toronto because most of your classmates live there now
- you greet everyone, from lifelong bosom friends to some one you met once a few years ago, with a two-cheek kiss
- you know what a four-and-a-half is
- you’re not impressed with hardwood floors
- you’ve been hearing Celine Dion jokes longer than anyone else
- you can watch soft-core porn on broadcast TV, and this has been true for at least 25 years
- you were drinking cafe-au-lait before it was latte
- Shopper’s Drug Mart is Pharmaprix and Staples is Bureau en Gros, and PFK is finger lickin’ good
- you really believe Just For Laughs is an international festival
- for two weeks a year, you are a jazz afficianado
- you need to be reminded by prominent signage that you should wait for the green light
- everyone on the street – drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists – think they’re immortal, and that you’ll move first
- you’re proud that Montreal is the home of Pierre Trudeau, Mordechai Richler, William Shatner, Leonard Cohen and the Great Antonio…
- and, you consider Donald Sutherland (and by default, Keifer), Guy Lafleur, Charlie Biddle, and Roch Carrier Montrealers, too
- you’ve seen Brother Andre’s heart
This past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada. We decided to make a mini-vacation of it and headed down into New Hampshire for a weekend in a cabin. Surprising to us, this weekend was one of the busiest camping weekends of the season for the region due to the incredible foliage on display. The trees didn’t disappoint. The owner’s of the campground we stayed at called the people who come to the region in the fall “Leaf Peepers” and the area was packed with them.
One of the features we plan to start having on our blog is quick posts about various aspects of life in Montreal and Canada that we enjoy.
The first installment is a look at the parks of Montreal (parc in French).