The Way Montrealers Enjoy Their Space

Montreal for me is always home. I’ve never lived anywhere longer than I have here. My French is pretty crappy still. I have a capacity to deliver the basic information but I’m not nearly as fluent as I would like to be. And in that sense, I’ve always felt like a bit of a stranger in this place. Every corner and every conversation has this potential for wonderment and the bizarre as you feel when you’re traveling. It’s like oh, everything’s still shiny and new even though I’ve been here longer than anywhere else in my life.

Now, home base because I travel so much, when I come back home, I have a little path that goes into Parc La Fontaine and I spend a lot of time there and as much as I don’t get out into the country as much as I’d like to and feel and connect with nature, I get to go to Parc La Fontaine and connect with a lot of ducks and a lot of beautiful people who are sitting in the park picnicking and just having a great time together as a group chillin’ out and enjoying the weather, whatever that is. It’s rain or shine.

So that for me is one of the things that was an immediate initial draw to Montreal, but it’s one of the true lasting pleasures I derived from this city It’s the way that people love their space, the way that they use public space, and parks, and environments where they just get out and have a good time and it doesn’t have to be a concert, or a sports game, or anything other than an excuse to drink wine on a picnic blanket.