For those who follow the university calendar schedule you’ll know that exams are in full swing. Our tiny house is battling six take home exams and five in class exams in the next 9ish days, which isn’t too bad, all things considered.
But hark! The light at the end of the tunnel is almost visible, and with the wanderlust coursing good and strong through our veins, I am now the proud owner of a ticket to Montreal. I know you’re thinking, “What?! That’s not a beach!” No, it’s not exotic. But it sure isn’t this frigid province (sorry NL – love you but seriously, what’s with the weather?!). Some Canadian city has to have more than just a hint of a green leaf.
So with 10 full days of spring weather, tulips, poutine, bagels, city living and no classes coming up, here are the top four things I’m looking forward to in Montreal & Toronto.
1. The Istanbul Exhibit at the Aga Khan Museum, Toronto, Ontario
Both historic and modern photos, landscapes, and albums of the city are on offer in an exhibit entitles “A City Transformed: Images of Istanbul Then and Now”, and I am all set to immerse myself in the history and culture of Istanbul. Read more here.
2. Cafe Culture and Bagel Fixes
Montreal is known – of course – for poutine and bagels. And although those are great, I am majorly ready for some coffee, french bread, and serious French Canadian brunch. This shot of Olive et Gourmando is exactly what I’m going for. Brioche French toast, here we come. (Image)
3. Bixi Biking on the Lachine Canal
Not at night, because I don’t bike very well. But the idea of renting a bicycle from BIXI, Montreal’s bike sharing service provider, and pedaling down the canal is super appealing. There better be a bagel waiting at the end of all that calorie burning. (Image)
4. After all of that eating, exercise and culture, we’re going to need a drink. Potentially an espresso. Thankfully we have this handy chart, and shouldn’t have any trouble finding one. Board games? Yes please. (Image)
See you soon Montreal!