So I can now practically count the hours I have left in this fantastic city I'm getting stupidly emotional. Jenna nearly cried on the Metro the other day and Bianca doesn't want to talk about it because its too sad. Scarlett leaves for England tomorrow and before she goes we're having one last immigrant party at Jenna's, a BBQ in ode to the beautiful weather we're currently having.
I've kinda forgotten about the exams I'm supposed to be doing this week (oooopppps!!) and am spending my time packing my life away and sunbathing in my garden. I'm excited about the big trip however it is almost getting shrouded in a big black cloud of Montreal sadness. I massively love this city and can really see me spending a lot more time here. Also I think we have become fairly well adapted to life here over the past 9 months, I found a stupid list of things "You know you're a Montrealer when...." but it is seriously spot on:
Pictures speak a thousand words and this video (if I haven't communicated it already) illustrates how FREAKING AMAZING our Montreal exchange was. I pity the Bath student who chose to spend his year in France ;-) ENJOY and don't get too jealous:
Hockey fever has hit Montreal hard these past few weeks as we have reached the playoffs of the Stanley Cup (hockey equivalent of the FA Cup). England might be famous for its soccer/football hooligans but those bruits have nothing on the Habs fans who proceeded to burn 5 police cars Downtown last night. The interesting thing is that these were riots of celebration as Montreal beat Boston and has gone through to the next round. I'd hate to be in the city if (and when) we win the playoffs.....!!!
fam·i·ly [ fámməlee ]
noun (plural fam·i·lies)
group of relatives: a group of people who are closely related by birth, marriage, or adoption (let me also add by exchange, by alcohol and by embarrassment)
After a wicked night out on Friday at Le Diable Vert with the exchange organisers (followed by the compulsory midnight poutine) the weekend flew by in a sunny haze. Genevieve has been staying all weekend and we managed to tick of a few of the tourist things I still wanted to do with a visit to Parc Jean Drapeau (an island in the St Laurence River) to see the famous Bioshpere and the Grand Prix track.
Apart from alcohol (which obviously played a massive part in the night, we're exchange students after all) it was a seriously emotional evening. The exchange students who had been here for the full 2 semesters (us) prepared a surprise video for the HEChange organisers to say thank you for all their efforts and amazing memories they have given us. (You can watch it here). I gave a rather drunken speech (oh no) and I think there were quite a lot of tears ;-) HEChange: Alex, Catherine, Jean-Francois, Joelle, Madani, Mourad, Priscilla, Stephane, Justin, Stephanie and Valerie you are amazing, thanks a million.
There was an after party at one of the exchange student houses where the alcohol abuse and dancing continued and I finally crawled back into bed at about 5.30am. However imagine my shock when I woke up with a giant hamster, a full 2 litre bottle of rum and a pirate hat. Needless to say I don't have a clue how or why they got there but I suppose there are worse things you could wake up with
I only have 19 days left in Montreal before I leave.....very very very sad!!!
Here is to the best last three weeks in Montreal any exchange student has ever had.
One thing ticked off the "must do before we leave Montreal" list, lots to go!
Yesterday's ski Saturday took us back to heaven (aka Mont Tremblant). This being the place I learnt to ski, I subsequently can't get enough of it. It was always going to be a strange day due to the weather forecast but I never imagined it quite like this! IT WAS 14 DEGREES ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN!!!!! The first time I skied there it was -34 and now it decides to go bleeding tropical on us! I skied in a t-shirt which for me was a totally foreign concept as normally I live in THE coldest country on earth. However it appears (for now) that summer has arrived. I find this rather ironic as at weekend the UK was covered in snow after freak April snow storms - maybe the snow is trying to follow me home?
Skiing was great although the conditions were really weird - it was sooooooooo slushy and wet because of the sunshine. However then came my kamikaze mission of skiing down a piste with only one ski! I don't really know what happened...maybe my boot wasn't correctly clicked in but anyway the next thing I know I'm flying down this mountain on one ski and then I'm in a heap at the bottom surrounded by first aiders. On the way down I'd managed to lose my other ski and ski paraphanelia like my gloves, goggles and glasses. Needless to say it hurt, A LOT, and I am now sitting here writing this as the official medial description of a cripple! My leg is black and bruised and I have to turn my whole body round if I want to look at something behind or next to me as I cannot turn my head ohh and I'm sporting a seriously sexy limp.
After such an amazing day it's hard to imagine not being able to go back however the season is basically over and conditions will only get worse with the sunshine. We did attempt some apres ski afterwards, however it appeared that our defition of partying was lying on Jenna's sofa watching cage fighting drinking coke. Nice times nice times!!!
Tuesday was probably the last Cafe Campus I'll EVER go to (sobsobsob). Work is increasing dramatically and exams are looming so the reality of Tuesday nights spent in a retro 80's night club are diminishing. However I hope it's not really the last Cafe Campus in my whole life because obviously Jenna and I will be making a yearly trip to mecca (Montreal) when we return home in June.
Then Bianca joined the old folks (ie Lorna) in turning 22 on Thursday. She has exactly 3 days left before she finds her first grey hair and life as she knows it ends. However we celebrated in style with a night of fried chicken at St Hubert, drag queens at Cafe Cleopatra and karaoke in the Village. The drag queens were wicked (as usual) and as the guys struggled to know where to look, Bianca speculated on where exactly "she" had placed her you know what. They did all the usual Celine classics and vamped it up to the max ohhhh and there was also an emotional rendition of Bleeding Love (just for Jenna). Then at karaoke, Bianca did her usual amazing rendition of All By Myself (eat your heart out Bridget Jones) fully complemented with squats and an emotional eyes closed moment, and I had my solo karaoke debut singing a bit of ABBA's Gimme Gimme Gimme. We ended up home at 4am and understandably that didn't agree terrible well with my 8am CSR class.
This weekend is probably going to be the last Ski Saturday this winter because (are you ready for it...............) MONTREAL IS WARMING UP!!! This past week has almost been pleasurable, I've warn something other than my ski jacket for the first time since November and yes it's not exactly hot (maybe around 3 degrees) but it's still a dam sight warmer than January's -20 temperatures. Here is to bikini's next weekend :-D xxx