Montreal 2000 - Expired Passport
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This was the first solo trip that I would take, outside of the US. Like previous trips, I decided to visit Montreal, to see the city, and meet up with people that I knew (sounding cliche, I know). I would visit from May 9th to 16th.
This was my second visit. My first time was in 1990, when I went with my mom and sister on a bus tour. It was a lot of fun. I even remember stopping by Lake George along the way, in Upstate New York.
This time, I would take Greyhound, back and forth, during the overnight both times. And would do it, with an expired passport. I never knew it expired until it was too late, so I had to cross my fingers. But somehow, the Greyhound agent allowed me to board, and again, allowed to cross the border into Canada.
I arrived into Montreal in the morning, and oh man, was it cold. I only packed one sweater, and the rest being all t-shirts. So I was not ready for this weather at all. And the first day, it did rain. That day, I was accompanied by Bruno, who showed me around Vieux-Montreal, the oldest part of the city. It looked very European.
Walking around Vieuz-Montreal, it felt like I was visiting an old European town. I did get to visit the Pointe-a-Calliere, which is the archaeology museum. Plus visited a bunch of cathedrals and even climbed one of the bell towers, for a nice view of the Vieux-Montreal area. And visited a few other museums.
I did get to walk around the Underground City, and considered taking a tour of the Molson Centre, the home of the Canadiens.
There was one regret I would have. And that would be missing out on the chance to see an Expos game at Olympic Stadium. They were playing the Phillies, and I wanted to see a Phillies away game. It did not happen, due to the person that I was with, did not like baseball at time.
I did go up the tower that stuck out of Olympic Stadium, and get some nice views of the city. Plus I got to walk around the Latin Quarter, and the Underground City as well. While French is the main language in Montreal, I managed fine with only English. Besides, I think the locals assume that I knew neither language, based on my Asian appearance.
I did get to try some poutine, which was french fries with cheese and gravy. It's a Quebec speciality, and tasted so good! It was one of the last things I did on the trip, which was a blast. I took an overnight bus back to Philly, and once again, was able to cross the border with an expired passport, getting back into the US.
A fun trip, and hope to return someday. And with a passport that is not expired. :)