June 16, 2012 at 1:46 am #30364
Vous allez adorer Montreal You’ll love it. I think it’s like being in Europe sometimes.June 16, 2012 at 11:39 am #30398
For any Torontonians that may see this today or tomorrow, Addie Pray and I are going to meet up for dinner tomorrow in Kensington and tour around the area a bit.
If anyone wants to join, shoot me an email or at me to FB with the links I posted previously in this thread!June 17, 2012 at 8:03 am #30436
Addie is in Toronto! My hotel is beyond shitty. But that’s what I get for poor planning (or no planning). I’m looking forward to meeting you this afternoon, ScrambledMeggs! Anybody else wanna join? My friend Bill might come to Kensington Market with us. I met Bill in Paris 13 years ago. You pronounce his name BEEL. He’s an …. Atorney. Why is it that EVERYONE is an attorney, have you noticed that?
So, my first little snafu happened at the gas station in London, Ontario when my credit card was declined because Chase sucks (and has awesome security that thought a purchase in Canada was fishy). But my cell had died so I couldn’t call Chase. The gas station attendant (a lovely Indian woman) was kind enough to let me charge the phone behind the counter so I could call Chase. (All is good now.). Meanwhile, this white lady came in with a lottery ticket and I don’t know who’s to blame but the Indian woman tore the ticket which really pissed off the white woman who became hysterical and hostile and on her way out shouted “Go back to your own country!” … And I thought: Awww, how cute, white trash in Canada is just like white trash at home! There, that was my deep thought for the day.June 17, 2012 at 9:58 am #30439
Oh god, and right after I told you I’m from London hahaJune 17, 2012 at 4:34 pm #30462
Can I make a sweeping statement about the French for just one second? They love to make a big deal about how much food they serve. At a cafe on the Toronto Islands next to a table of 2 guys and 1 woman – they are French and I’m eavesdropping (my favorite pastime!). Waiter brings out a piece of cake with ice cream and the lady gets all animated and says, “oh la la it’s so big, me, I can’t eat all that, oh mon dieu, I can only have 2 bites, maximum, are you going to eat all that? oh la la.” Shut up, gag me. (Am I the only one who has noticed this and gets annoyed by it? Yes, *all* French women are like this.June 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm #30463
(And I’m allowed to say that because “one of my best friends is French” – it’s true.)
I’m kinda tipsy. Megs, I’m biking up to Yorkville now! If I can catch the 5pm ferry I’ll be there…. Well, sooner than if I have to wait for the 5:30 ferry.June 18, 2012 at 9:47 am #30503
Guys, I met AP!
Toronto DWers, you missed out..she’s great, it was just like chilling with an old friend.
We had such a fun time biking around and then stuffed our faces with meatball sandwiches which were delicioussss.
Addie, I hope Toronto lived up to your expectations and that the rest of your trip does too! I’m definitely planning a Chicago visit asap, loved meeting you!June 18, 2012 at 9:50 am #30504
isnt meet AP kind of like meeting a celebrity? haha. i felt the same way…June 18, 2012 at 9:59 am #30505
totally, I was a little starstruck hahaJune 18, 2012 at 10:02 am #30508
meatball sandwiches FTW!June 18, 2012 at 10:42 am #30523
It was fun meeting you, ScrambledMeggs! It’s always nice to meet my fans… haha.
For those who are wondering: I’m on the road a couple hours outside of Montreal. I’m at a rest area … with wifi! It’s heaven to be able to connect to the internet again. (My shitty hotel in Toronto had a modem that only let me connect to Facebook. Wth?) Megs, after Bill scared me last night into believing that I *won’t* be able to speak French in Montreal b/c they all speak English too, I think I’m going to skip Montreal and head straight to Quebec City tonight. … I should probably find a hotel ahead of time so I can get a nice place this time.
I also really wish I had spent the extra few minutes to pack properly. Instead I hopped in my car and left Chicago with just the following: 10 pairs of underwear (not sure why so many), 1 pair of pants, 1 dress, 1 skirt, 2 shirts, bathing suit, and yoga crap (mat, clothes, towel, water bottle), and that’s, like, it. I forgot a bra, so I am wearing my bikini top. I have no make up and no blow dryer or hair straightener or other hair crap. … I’m trying to remember how I left Chicago without at least the bra that I was wearing. … Hmmm… At least I can freely pee in my pants knowing I have extra underwear to spare.
But I did remember to bring (1) my passport (which I almost forgot) and (2) my bike, which was the best thing I did; it was really fun biking all over Toronto and all over the islands. The other best thing I did was hook up with ScrambledMegs because she was so fun to bike with and she gave me a shit ton of great recommendations. Toronto was awesome, thank you, Megs!
P.S. God, that meatball sandwich was amazing. It’s meatballs like that that make me a proud part-time vegetarian.June 18, 2012 at 11:06 am #30527
Update: since I’ve been at the rest area with wifi, I’ve (1) had coffee, (2) updated you, and (3) learned that there are 3 Bikram studios in Montreal and none in Quebec City, which blows. I had to figure out important things like that first. Next up: figuring out where I am sleeping tonight and how long it’ll take me to get there.June 18, 2012 at 12:17 pm #30543
Good choice, I thought you might decide that! Quebec City seems like it’s more of what you’re looking for and it’ll resolve some of the travel time stress!
If you get stuck without internet again and need to look something up, shoot me a text!June 18, 2012 at 1:27 pm #30557
and don’t forget to get poutine!June 18, 2012 at 2:29 pm #30567
mmmm…. poutines. i’ll definitely get that. i hope i love eating poutines as much as i love saying “poutines.” it sounds dirty. poutines. poutines.
i’m at another onroute. i’m in love with onroutes. so easy to hop off the highway and get gas, wifi, coffee, and junk food for the car – no cheetohs though. what the hell is wrong with you canadians? i haven’t seen a cheetah since i left the USA about 48 hours ago. withdrawal. what am i supposed to do, eat a banana? no way man. that is zero fun.
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