We spent a beautiful weekend in Montréal. It was great to practice my French and, luckily, I found it came back quickly. Plus, the whole city is practically covered in flashcards, as most everything is spelled out in French and English. We explored the Musée D'Art Contemporain de Montréal, among other things, but mostly spent the weekend walking, familiarizing ourselves with the city. It was my first time visiting, and by the time we had to leave, I very much wanted to stay. Only a four-hour drive, but vastly different than home. Small businesses and odd eccentric shops were thriving, countless diners, cafes and small restaurants to explore, music and art everywhere, a city that promotes bicycle-use, red wine that smells like brie cheese, and an overwhelming number of generally friendly, patient and beautiful people. It was just beginning to get cold too, but there wasn't snow. It is one of those northern cities that's made for winter. I bet it is gorgeous. The plan is to go back soon.
We saw a multi-media piece at the museum that was created by two professors here at SU. It is one of five finalists in the competition for the Sobey Art Award. Alex and our roommates contributed to the piece, assisting the artists Duke and Battersby with the construction of some of their 3D pieces. It was great to be there and hear Alex say, "I made that...and I sanded that." The competition is judged Thursday.
We stayed at the Montréal Youth Hostel and it was wonderful! In addition to great lighting, we also had bananas, jams, toast, coffee and more jus d'orange than anyone would ever need. More photos of the city soon. I'm also about half way finished with the quilt! That'll be up soon as well. Ciao!