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Winter in Montreal

Tues 12th December. That’s when winter arrived in Montreal this year. A thick heavy curtain of snow fell, and within hours the face of the city had completely changed. There are no half-measures here. When it happens, it happens fast and hard. Fresh clean snow swiftly blanketed all surfaces. The temperature dropped. And dropped. The […]

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Toddling into Winter

Autumn came to the city of Montreal as a breath of fresh, cool, air. Such a relief from long days and nights wearing a slick sheen of sweat. This unwanted second skin could be briefly washed away in the shower, only to return by the time you emerged from the bathroom in a puff of […]

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Falling into Autumn

The seasons change gradually in Ireland. Unless you note the date, you may not even notice that one season has passed into the next. Not so in Montreal. The weather is more extreme, and the seasons quite distinct from each other. According to the calendar autumn (or Fall) arrived here the other week. Sure enough, […]

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Three Months in a New Life
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Three Months In: A New Life

There’s been an overall sense of frustration lately. So little gets done with two children to look after. Inevitably one (or both) of them will be out of sorts any time you try and do anything with them alongside. Making a phone call is an exercise in futility. I may just leave my phone to […]

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Postcards from Montreal: First Impressions

I know. It’s been a while. What the heck have we been doing? In short; house-hunting and parenting an emotionally-charged boy and a rambunctious baby in a child-unfriendly apartment. Then we kicked off a terrible run of luck and moved to a half-ready apartment with a meagre set of furniture. This whilst also dealing with […]

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A House, A Home

Almost six weeks have passed since we arrived in Canada as freshly minted immigrants. “What’s it like?”, people have asked – wondering about the reality of starting a new life in another country. I honestly don’t really know. We’re in transition. Neither here nor there. We’re unknotting Irish ties that have always bound us more […]

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Unstuck

Stuck. The feeling that life is passing you by as you wait for something to happen. Instead of living in the moment and enjoying what you have, you inevitably weigh each day by the progress (or lack of) towards that distant goal. You strive to kindle motivation only for it to be quenched by the sheer […]

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Montreal: It’s been great knowing you

It’s Saturday morning. I’m sitting on a bench in the shade by the Centre des Sciences de Montreal along the Vieux Port. After packing up my rucksack this morning, I was delighted to find that it feels like it weighs 10kg again when I don’t have all the jet lag adding mystery pounds. We left […]

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Montreal: Mont Royal – My Feet Hurt!

If you’re looking for an active day in Montreal, a top destination is Mont Royal – the ‘mountain’ with a massive park that was designed by the same guy that did Central Park. It was a good distance away from our accommodation, but worth a visit. We went all the way up Olmsted road to […]

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