Our Vacation is Booked
We were determined to schedule a vacation for mid-December, but prices were high and I nearly drowned in a sea of proposals at work. While a break from the day-to-day grind would have been a pleasant way to disconnect and wind down 2011, it didn't work out. Fortunately, as a result, I was able to carry a few personal days into the new year.
And our destination is: Montreal, Quebec.
Everyone I know who had the opportunity to travel to Montreal has raved about their experience. This morning, I received a Tweet from someone at my gym. She describe her time there in similar ways. Gorgeous. Beautiful. Those are terms used to describe the city. We've both been to Canada multiple times. Susan visited Toronto while I've been to Toronto and Winnipeg. It's a long stretch between New Year's Day and Memorial Day, so we determined that a vacation in late March would provide the ideal break. We traveled to Arizona for spring training games and a trip to the Grand Canyon at essentially the same time last year.
While we don't have any specific plans set yet, we hear that Montreal has an incredible food scene. Apparently, 24-hour bagel places are must-sees. We're going to attempt to buy hockey tickets to see the Montreal Canadiens (yes, that's the French spelling) play the Ottawa Senators. If that happens, that'll be our first professional sporting event without hearing our national anthem. Even though the Montreal Expos no longer call Canada home, I still plan to pursue some bit of Expos history. Perhaps a remnant of Jarry Park Stadium or Olympic Stadium. The Expos were, after all, the first team in Major League Baseball to play outside of the United States.
Until then, here's a video I remember watching as a kid. At the time, I didn't understand the cultural significance. As I grew older, I learned that it described the tension between French-speaking and English-speaking Canadians. Of course, hockey is used to convey the message.