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 […]
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 […]
The cold snap we were experiencing at Christmas slowly progressed into an ice age that held parts of the country frozen in time for days. Outdoors, the world had been transformed into into something unrecognisable, with a thick layer of ice and snow blanketing everything. It was suddenly commonplace for there to be sheets of ice lurking around every corner, just waiting to catch an unsuspecting victim. Despite the instinct to hibernate until the worst was over, the weather really wasn’t all that bad – the real problem was being unprepared for something that only happens once in a blue moon in this country. It’s hard to criticise people for being poor at driving in these conditions when they don’t get much practise, and the roads are poorly gritted, if at all.
As the last few days of 2009 passed by, the icy reach of winter extended across the country forcing everyone indoors around the fire. People here are accustomed to a relatively mild Christmas where it almost never snows. The worst of the weather is usually saved up for around February and March. The bitter cold […]
It’s really not fun being back to reality. It was straight back into work when I got home and next thing I knew, it was Christmas Eve and I was feeling woefully unprepared for Christmas. The rapid shift back to normalcy had put the trip firmly in the distant past. I was just looking forward to a […]