Chapter 2: Nous Sommes Calme
This has been the most inexplicable week, full of love from family/friends we left in Vancouver and new friends we have been making here in Montreal. We have been (or at least I know I have been) completely overwhelmed by the love and the generosity that has been extended to us by people on all sides. Here are a few highlights of the past week, a little summary.
We made our flight! (It was close) after touching down in Montreal, it was a simple task to find the Airbnb where our friend was generously letting us stay in for a week as a wedding present. We got settled in and started setting up appointments to see apartments. We are winners, and winners are non-stop! So non-stop that we fell asleep at 3pm looking at apartment postings online. We awoke a few hours later to a knock at the door, who could that be? It was pizza! Our beautiful friend had gotten pizza delivered to us, and nothing was ever a better gift!
Our first full day in Montreal was spent walking for hours between apartments. The street art here is incredible, and the old french architecture is stunning! We hated the first apartment we saw, meh about the second and LOVED the third. Very Goldilocks style. By Thursday we found out we had gotten the apartment, and signed the contract on Friday!
Meanwhile we continued to explore our corner of this city, where there is a stunning number of amazing places to eat. We have not been disappointed yet! Unfortunately, it was all so good, we didn't even take photos, we just stuffed our faces, so you will have to come visit to see for yourselves :)
Friday we went climbing at Allez-Up, a climbing gym to spoil us for ever. It has these old 125ft. wheat silos that they have turned into top rope climbing during good weather. They're frighteningly high! It was threatening rain all day, so we weren't able to go up, but we plan to!! The gym is about a 10 minute bike from home, so we are planning on spending lots of time there.
I have to mention our new ward, the Montreal ward. It seems to be the place where pretty much every new young married couple moves into! Both Concordia and McGill are within the ward boundaries which is probably why we have at least 5 or 6 young couples our age without kids. We were accepted with open arms, introduced all around, and I have already been given a Visiting teaching companion haha. We are so excited to get to know these warm welcoming people and learn to serve them this year. Even the one that stole our umbrella from the coat rack...(please give it back!)
All in all, we are loving this new province! The french is fun but scary, Steven is learning quickly although feels like a child when I quiz him on his numbers and days of the week. For some reason Duo Lingo keeps getting him to use the word Calme (calm) for everything! We are calm, he is calm, the cats are calm, the girls are calm, everyone is calm. I think it is trying to give us a message, and it has become our mantra lately. Nous sommes calme. (We are calm)
ps. If you move across the country - Bring your marriage license, cheque book, rain gear, enough birth control to last until you can get a new health card, and make sure you have legally changed your last name before you move to a province that doesn't allow that. #regrets