September 30, 2023


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Montreal Memories, Part I | Wendy Brandes Jewelry Blog

Just after publishing my very last post, I felt weird about it staying Fled Cruz that produced me want to flee the place this year. I believed for a 2nd, “Oh no, am I as undesirable as Fled? Operating away when the heading gets rough?” Then I remembered that I am not a Texan senator who flew to a Mexican resort though tens of millions of his constituents have been freezing in the dark after a critical winter storm knocked out a improperly developed electrical power grid. That is 100% Fled. (Texas officials explained 246 persons died owing to the storm, but that may well be an undercount.)

I’ve never remaining New York City throughout a blackout — and I’ve been through some major kinds. I really don’t have constituents to have a tendency to, but I do attempt to be valuable all through energy outages by providing shelter to good friends conserving expecting women of all ages from walking down 30 flights of stairs and warning men and women of falling branches. Significantly!

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I have never remaining NYC for prolonged, complete halt. I’ve lived below due to the fact 1986 (following rising up a mere 40 minutes from Manhattan). But, like I reported, the gun epidemic has gotten to me — and not just the regular fear of guns them selves, but the willful ignorance and simple absence of prevalent feeling about guns that Fled personified when he referred to as for increasing security by decreasing the quantity of doorways in school structures. Other countries confront several of the similar problems that we do, such as but not limited to oligarchs and financial inequity generations of racism growing anti-Semitism violence in opposition to gay and trans individuals and the denial of rights that have remaining corpses with much more bodily autonomy than dwelling human beings. But only the U.S., among the wealthy nations, has so much gun violence.

Following the Uvalde, Texas, elementary school taking pictures in May perhaps, I agonized extra and extra around irrespective of whether I should really depart not just New York Town, but the U.S. totally. Finally, my Canadian good friend Rosalind stated, “You could consider living in this article for a month.” Doh! (And, thank you, Rosalind!) I understood MrB and I had been in a position to do that. As I said in yesterday’s publish, MrB is retired and I can work from everywhere, and we hadn’t taken a genuine vacation since 2019. But I did not want to experience like I was on trip. I preferred to test out standard lifetime in a new place. That is why it was essential to provide the animals with us, which limited our destination options due to the fact I didn’t want to fly with them. It turned out the travel from New York to Montreal is only about six hours, and Rosalind was sure I’d like the town, so I located a pet-friendly apartment in a pleasurable element of Montreal and we remaining the first week of September.

I definitely did continue to keep up typical lifetime. I didn’t even bother to inform every person on my lots of perform- and activism-related Zoom calls that I was out of city. And it worked: I have determined that I could stay in a diverse metropolis as prolonged as it is 1 that is walkable and varied. I despise obtaining to get in a automobile to do primary errands. I like a community wherever I can get to locations like the drugstore, the grocery retail store, the health and fitness center, and eating places on foot. (General public transportation for every thing else is great.) Montreal scored remarkably in that office. I also saw all sorts of different persons, and was in particular happy that my stroll to a person pole-dancing studio took me through the out-and-happy Homosexual Village. That was reassuring. The drawbacks of Montreal are the really chilly winters (although immigrants from warm-climate sites certain us that we’d find out to live with it) and the hilly terrain, which was tough on MrB due to the fact of his put up-polio syndrome. As a end result, we are not prepared to go to Montreal this moment, but we’re continuing our Québécois classes just in scenario.

Now for a number of images! If you are heading to go to Montreal, September and October are attractive. There ended up quite a few days heat more than enough for a t-shirt and denims. The most bundled-up I bought was a jacket, scarf, and hat. I did not definitely want the scarf this day but look at its Ukrainian hues!

I was so established to are living “regular life” that I experienced to force myself to do some sightseeing, but I’m happy I did. We took the bus to the top rated of Mount Royal to choose in the view.

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In which there’s a Ferris wheel, you are going to come across me on it.

I’m a major Ferris wheel enthusiast.

The Ferris wheel gave us another attractive watch of the town.

Gorgeous trees!

There are cobblestone streets in Outdated Montreal, around the port.

Scenic but can be difficult for folks with mobility challenges.

MrB and I had been each obsessed with Habitat 67, which was created for the 1967 World’s Good in Montreal. People today live here!

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Talking of Expo 67, I was there, with my dad and mom, earning this year’s trip my next a person to Montreal. My parents could not locate their Montreal pictures, but they located a person taken on a friend’s farm in Vermont, which they frequented on the push property. Listed here I am with my mother in 1967, and, no, I’m not the pony!

I was born later this yr.

I’m not going to lie — I had a much better time this 12 months!