The weather in Montreal turned as expected, and we are seeing showers...
I contemplated about staying in, but as this is my last "real" day in Montreal, I wanted to feed my adventure spirit one last time. So after a hearty breakfast (I made my own waffles using one of the griddles at the hotel!!! so much fun! flip it over, and then over...), I decided this will be my walk day. No metros.
I had a half-baked idea about visiting Chinatown (Quartier Chinois) this morning. In the past, when travelling with my best friend, she would insist that we go to every C-Town in any city that has one. And we always pose by the gate. It's funny that it's usually her idea, and not mine eventhough I am Chinese and she's not. But then again...maybe that's not so odd.
I walked out of my hotel and walked down toward Place Du Canada (this is a public square), but before that, I checked out the bus stop that I should be going to tomorrow when I check out and board the bus to airport. Gosh, I can't believe that 5 nights passed so quickly.
By then rain was a heavy drizzle. Good thing I had my NF jacket on because it's water repellent and got the hood.
Walking, turning, walking, I ended up at Square Victoria.
Hm...went inside the very nice looking and warm metro station, and consulted my map. Oh, I am a few blocks off...
So off I go out again and ended up at the edge of Chinatown.
By then the rain really started to pour, enough so that I found it very uncomfortable, so I took the nearest familiar building and went in. I spent the next 30 minutes inside a Starbucks. I love that I was able to order a The (Tea) with an accent on the "e" in french in Starbucks of all places. LOL.
People at this Starbucks were just zoning out and enjoying the moment....
One of things I noticed on this trip is that Montrealers usually pretty mellow and don't have this obsession with checking their e-gadgets. Sure, they have their smart phones, iphones, etc and they check them, but not so obsessively that they are out in the open on all occassions. For example, on the metro these past couple of days, I saw people either staring off in space (omg!), reading a book (omg! 2x), reading a newspaper (omg! 3x), and/or listening to music on their headphone. Quietly. (omg! 4x)
And not to get too side-tracked here, but I do want to point this out now that I am on the subject of metro that I saw metro employees actually cleaning the train and picking up garbage at the end of each station before the train turns around again. (omg! 5x) And they actually say "Bonjour" to you also which is kinda of amazing. Of course, some are more friendly than others, but it's kind of nice and refreshing to see this.
Anyway, after my little detour at Starbucks, I walked over to C-Town. The rain stopped, so I was able to see that the Holiday Inn here have a cool Chinatown theme thing going on. After admiring it for a minute, I walked over to the little C-Town streets.
It's typical, they have restaurants, pastry shops, herbal shops, etc.
I saw a noodle shop and went into eat.