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Old Montreal
After our 6 hour drive up through New York, Vermont and across the border we arrived in Quebec.  Just the fact that everything is written in French really makes you feel like you've crossed into something new and different.  We arrived in Old Montreal and signed into our Hostel "Le Sous Bois" and I got my first taste of what Hostel traveling is all about.  If you haven't actually been I really recommend it as it is an experience itself.  The hostel was perfect.  Well, perfect for what we were looking for and that was to see a new city and meet some cool people.

Since we got on the road at the crack of dawn we ended up ready and raring to go in Montreal about 2:00pm.

You know what Montreal? You did it. You have successfully out-Frenched the French.
  We walked around and got acquainted with its downtown, "Old Montreal".

After getting ourselves set up we went out on the town and experienced some of Montreal's notorious night life.  Good times indeed.  I didn't realize it, but apparantly Montreal has an enormous China Town and since Montreal doesn't have a specific food that the city is known for we decided to give Chinese a try.  Delicious might I add.

Day two consisted of seeing where the Montreal Canadien's play and the Beer Festival.  When planning this trip I swear to you I didn't expect to hit a festival of beer, but it was more than welcomed by both of us.  Mondial de Beer was coincidently right outside the stadium we were seeking so it worked out very well indeed.  We each got a package that cost us somewhere around $15 Canadien and exercised our taste buds at all the different stands.
Le Mondial de Bieres! Festival of the Beer!
  I have the list somewhere, but there was something like 150 different beers available to taste, purchase and learn about from over 80 different vendors.  All those who love beer and want to see a new city, I highly recommend.  It is still sort of unknown and hasn't caused the uproar of an Oktoberfest or anything of that magnitude, but it was very awesome in its own regard.

After drinking steadily throughout the day (you don't realize how much you've had when they are all small to medium samples) we did the obvious thing and went back to the Hostel to meet up with friends and hit the pub.  After Alaric and I were relaxing for about 20 minutes we started discussing sports, politics, etc.  Before long we met a kid from Austrailia and England.  The accents really give it away, but I guess they could say the same thing for us Americans if they wanted to.
Nationalities from left to right: Canadian, Australian, British, American, American.
  Cool guys, we shared travel stories and where each was off to next.  In the end we probably killed about 3 hours in that pub and I started to see why people in Europe love them so much.

After two days we said "au revoir" to Montreal, keeper of the French language, and headed out to our next location Toronto.  This part of the journey seems very simple and to the point via internet blog, but in fact we went through the majority of Canada (nothingness) and met a few creepy guys with beady eyes when we stopped for gas.  Still we labored on and then we came to...
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Old Montreal
Old Montreal
You know what Montreal? You did it…
You know what Montreal? You did i…
Le Mondial de Bieres! Festival of …
Le Mondial de Bieres! Festival of…
Nationalities from left to right: …
Nationalities from left to right:…
The inside portion, quite crowded …
The inside portion, quite crowded…
Sporting the Celtic FC jersey at t…
Sporting the Celtic FC jersey at …
Quebec Compilation.
Quebec Compilation.
Downtown
Downtown
Nice overview of the city.
Nice overview of the city.
MMM BEER
MMM BEER
Those crazy Quebecs make some dam…
Those crazy Que'becs make some da…
Montreal
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