We’d go on long walks, because it is the best way to discover all the very different and unique neighbourhoods of our metropolis.
You might have heard of how chaotic driving downtown is, with the blocked streets and the orange cones everywhere… Anything people have told you is probably right. Montréal is a nightmare for drivers. And if you are lucky enough to make your way through the potholes, the detours and if Siri hasn’t gone out of her mind trying to recalculate the route, you’ll still have to drive around for at least an hour to find an available parking space (that will cost you a second mortgage on the house!).
So walking it would be, if you don’t mind.
Anyway, for about 15$ (if my memory’s good), you’d have an all-you-can-travel weekend long Métro pass. And our subways are safe, reliable and a quick way to visit every corner of the city.
But back to our walk…
While waiting for you to book your trip to Montréal, I thought I would take you on virtual walks. To give you a ”live” feeling of my favorite areas. In order to do that, I ordered a support to hang my cellphone around my neck.
And I thought that I should test it before going on long walks in cool neighbourhoods. Because, if you’re like me, you probably know how technology, no matter how simple it might look, can be a pain in the b*tt.
Oh boy… What a good idea, that was!
My first attempt was last Thursday. The weather wasn’t great, but I had to go to the convenience store, and thought ”Hey! Might aswell put my camera on!” So I strapped the support to my neck, attached my cell to it, pressed the ”Record” button, and walked to the convenience store and back to my apartment.
A fifteen minutes walk, back and forth.
Home again, I pressed the ”Play” button to see how well I had done. To find out that I had, by mistake (of course), switched to selfie mode. And had fifteen minutes of a close up on my boobs, with my neighbourhood sounds in the background.
I deleted the video, and thought I’d have to try it again (watching a close up of my t-shirt probably not being of great interest for anyone).
Today seemed a good timing to give it a second go. The weather was really nice, I had time on my hands. Win-win.
I put on my cell support again, made sure it was filming the right way, and I made my way to the convenience store. I didn’t want to make the clerk uncomfortable, so I pressed ”Pause” on my phone, did what I had to do at the store and turned the camera on again on my way out, to film my walk back home.
Or so I thought.
It so happens that I actually only have my way to the store. My way back disappeared mysteriously. Dang! Dang! Dang!
Practice makes perfect, or so they say. I guess I still have a little bit of walking to do before I start going to really interesting places.
But it’s a beginning. And here is the video;
Let me know if it is something you’d like to see again (not the same walk, of course, but you understand what I mean), and if you do, feel free to suggest specific places you’d like to see in the Montréal area, in the comments.
Also, let me know if you’d like me to chat you into the ongoing walk, or if you prefer to just follow me around, like in the above video 😉