Or, more specifically, hello from Old Montreal! It's my first time in Canada and I am surprisingly charmed by this city - it truly feels like I'm tucked away somewhere in Europe - completely insane to think this is only a 50 minute plane ride from my apartment in Brooklyn!
I'm very thankful to have the opportunity to travel to new and (not always so) far away places to meet my clients for work. My favorite thing in the world is to travel alone - not because I don't miss my man and wish he was here indulging in this amazing place with me (because I do, and CANNOT wait to come home to him!) but because it forces me to embrace the rare opportunity to truly be present with myself, with little to no distraction.
Traveling alone forces you to listen to the world around you and inside of you. It's a rush, trying to maneuver around a new city by yourself and absorbing it all in your own head without the ability to share it with anyone! I've tried going to bars or restaurants by myself in Brooklyn to mimic the experience but it's just not the same. There's something about exploring somewhere new that creates this framework for serendipitous happenings that you just can't force.
That said, exploring Montréal has confirmed two things - the first being that I was clearly very, very distracted in my high school french class and the second being that the world is just better when it's summertime/not freezing, no matter where you are!
I'm currently staying at the Auberge du Vieux-Port, a tiny, historic building overlooking what would be an amazing view of the St.Laurent river, were it not completely covered in snow and ice.
I mean, it's still beautiful (look at that!?) but grey skies and frozen moving bodies of water < sunshine and warm salty breezes!
Lovin' all of these neighborhood details! Swoon swoon swoon!
Planning my routes and doing some research for meetings! Yes to endless cups of coffee!
& I'm off! I've decided that everywhere in Montreal smells amazing (Like an Equinox, like firewood, like fresh mountain air, like the sea) EXCEPT inside of cabs. This is where all of the terrible smells in the world live. I'm convinced.
I've really enjoyed my stay and can't wait to return here someday when it's warm!! I'm off to Toronto tomorrow, but not before I finally try a famous Montreal bagel for breakfast! Will keep you all posted on how it holds up a classic NYC bagel.