Season’s Greetings!

It has been three long months of winter hibernation.  This has mostly meant many long, sweaty metro rides and miserable jaunts in the cold (I swear, next fall I will learn how to winterize my bike).  It’s still cold, and a little wet, but the snow and ice are pretty well gone.

Rainy cycling

Like a disoriented (not to mention groggy and out-of-shape) lady-bear, I have started to wake the hell up.  Thankfully riding a bicycle is like, well riding a bicycle (sorry), and everything is instinctively familiar (ie. how to dodge cabs, pedestrians and car doors).

Grass in March is always a good sign.

Short bike rides through the downtown core have me rediscovering a city that I ignored from December right through to the beginning of March.  “Oh yeah,” I say to myself, “there is a whole world out there,” (outside of my apartment, that is).

Rue University

If commuting from point A to point B and back again (then to point C, back to point A and a quick stop-over at point D, etc) is an inevitable part of a working student’s life, it might as well be enjoyable.  And really, even a drab and gloomy above-ground Montreal is better than an always-congested underground Montreal.

Montreal: Where pedestrians are cars too.

Today I was fortunate enough to experience the season’s first bike-protest head on collision.  Protesting, striking and general shit disturbing are all part of the Montreal experience, and, among other things, it helps our city come alive.

Student strike. Yes, students are striking from school. Only in Quebec is this a given.

Basically, I am thrilled to be out of hibernation.  Please stay tuned in for more bicycle adventures in Montreal 🙂

Birdhouses in city trees.

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