October 23, 2009 2

Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: Canada (part 2)

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The thing I liked most about Canada was the NIGHT DANGER signs. How fantastically dramatic! There was also another sign that had a much more frenzied silhouette of a leaping deer, which was also pretty fantastic. Hey, when you’re driving this much, it’s the little things that keep you going.

Montreal

SO, we made it to Montreal, where we had another go around with couchsurfing. Gen turned out to be super cool, and she had a cat!!!!!! She told us that another couchsurfer would be staying with us, a guy from Germany. Hunky Toni came in, and we were definitely OK hanging out with our new couchsurfer. We immediately took to sightseeing and drove to the top of Mount Royal to take in an awesome view of the city.

It was actually really nice to have Toni along with us, as he was just as interested in sightseeing as we were. The next day we headed out on the town to see what we could find. While wandering around, we heard rock and roll and disco in the distance. I thought it might have been some concert in the park, but it turned out to be some sort of protest. Because it was in French, we never quite figured out what was going on, but we think it had something to do with tourist industry workers. Nonetheless, I YMCAed as I picketed and Toni got some free hot dogs.

We visited museums, walked around downtown and Old Montreal, took a river boat cruise and went to the top of the Olympic Stadium. On our last night in town, Gen took us to the bar where her cousin worked, for a night of fun and cheap drinks. An American, an Australian, a Canadian and a German walk into a bar…

It was sad to part ways with Toni, but he was off to experience USA! as part of his months-long world tour. We really had a great time, and we realized that this was the true essence of couch surfing. Montreal was pretty neat, too, as it was the most European city I had ever experienced. While everyone spoke both English and French, for the first time I was somewhere where English was not the #1 choice. And I quickly learned that the very basics of high school French had escaped my brain. Oh well! On our last day, we decided to find a place to eat. After wandering aimlessly (for some reason we frequently had trouble finding places to eat) we settled on a Russian buffet lunch. It was…interesting. Well, after almost a week in Canada, it was time to go back to USA! USA!

2 Responses to “Rhi^2 Road Trip, Setpember 2008: Canada (part 2)”

  1. Chris says:

    I like the idea of night dangers; sounds ominous, yet cool. As in: "let's see what kind of night dangers we can get into, tonight."

  2. rhiannon says:

    If I'm ever in a band, I want our band to be called NIGHT DANGER! I kind of picture an all girl techno rap rock group, but any kind of band will do.

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