Showing posts with label MONTREAL. Show all posts
Showing posts with label MONTREAL. Show all posts

home sweet home

4.22.2014

home

Selling real estate in Montreal was much more stressful and difficult than selling in Winnipeg. The politics in Quebec are embarrassing, to say the least, and many people were apprehensive about buying. The law is different than the rest of Canada, and by different, I mean unnecessarily complicated. I had two offers fall through and thought I'd never get out of there. Ultimately, things worked out well and I learned a few valuable lessons about myself and how to deal with unscrupulous people.

I cried when I left Winnipeg and thought I would be equally emotional when leaving Montreal. I was mostly just relieved. Besides some great friends we made there, what I'll miss the most is our home. It certainly wasn't our dream home but we made it as cozy as we could despite our complete lack of design skills or decor knowledge. These are a few photos of it.

dining room

We're settling into a house in San Francisco that has more space than we did in Montreal and less than we had in Winnipeg. I think it's going to take me forever to get it together. Looking at decor websites always leaves me feeling inadequate. Who are these people who move into a home and do before/after images in a week? Our furniture is still in transit, but none of it goes with our new place. I'll be content when I don't have to eat dinner on my lap but am definitely envious of people who can envision entire rooms and know exactly where to get all the items at reasonable prices.

I can't complain about anything though. Alex and I are so grateful and happy to be reunited for good. We're living somewhere we've dreamed of living since we first visited in 2008. Our time apart was longer than anticipated and it was tough. At first, we were both so busy that the time flew by, but the last few months dragged. While there were plenty of good things that came out of being on opposite sides of the continent, we've vowed never to attempt it ever again.

bedroom

One of my favourite things about traveling is coming home. You have a newfound appreciation for it as well as a realization of what it's lacking - to either incorporate it or strive toward it.  We tried the nomadic lifestyle and it wasn't for us. We'll never stop traveling but nothing beats coming home to your own bed. - Mina

rue ste-catherine est

10.15.2013


Claude Cormier's installation of 170, 000 pink balls suspended over Saint Catherine Street is one of my favourite things in Montreal. I'm going to miss hanging out on the patios under the canopy of "les boules roses" when I leave this city. - Mina


wtf, montreal?

4.14.2013


There was a snowstorm in Montreal on Friday. Apparently this city hasn't gotten the memo that it's April. On the plus side, we had one last snow day together. Alex left early Saturday morning. I'm super excited for him but already miss my best pal. I'm hoping that I can make time to take a few trips to SF before moving there, indefinitely, in December. - Mina


*Thanks so much for the kind comments about our move!

celebrations

3.26.2013


We celebrated a few achievements with a gluttonous meal at Au Pied De Cochon - a favourite restaurant of ours that can only be enjoyed sparingly as every dish there is an indulgence.

I've been planning a weekend getaway to Washington, DC and crossing my fingers that the cherry blossoms will be in bloom. I may have already pinned more than we can handle for two days, but let me know if there's anything we absolutely can't miss.

It always feels strange when I neglect this space but I'm excited to share some news soon.* Thanks for sticking around, friends. - Mina



*Not a baby! I guess I'm just in that phase of life where I need to attach that addendum any time I declare good news.

ecomuseum

2.22.2013


The western tip of Montreal Island is where you'll find the Ecomuseum - a zoo filled with injured wildlife, native to the Saint Laurence Valley region, that could not survive in the wild .  We visited on a sunny morning, and watched animals play, feed*, and nap. *A few of the photos are a little graphic, so if you're put off by that stuff, avert your eyes.


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