Having to leave home for at least 4 to 5 hours I decided to visit the downtown of my city Montreal. You may ask yourself why do I have to leave home? well, to say the truth, I am somehow forced because of Maria. Maria is our housekeeper who comes every 2 Fridays. She is so efficient and does an amazing job, but she needs to take control. Taking control means: No one at home as long as she has work to do!
Having cleared my status, I may share with you some of what it is to spend a few hours in downtown with no initial purpose. Well since I had past experiences of “loosing my place for a few hours” I developed plans, approaches in order to make this excursion fun and amusing!
It is important to plan, plan something to do, where to go, will I go walking, sitting in a café, or a shopping mall, etc.? This task is to be completed a day or two before!
Put down the timeline: go by bus, subway, walk…?
How much time will I be sitting reading, writing (emmmm this blog for example), take pictures (Inspiring pics of course) will I have a WIFI connection? ( I know this should be part of the logistics and planning)
Maria comes around 8:15 AM, so I better be ready before and leaver around 8:10ish unless I need to meet her for something related to the clean-up…
Today I decided to take bus and subway. It is funny both transports were not crowded at all, obviously I was passed the rush hour… (he he getting used to non-rush hours!) there were three possible destinations to DT Montreal.
It took me a second when the subway stopped at Bonaventure station. I stepped out, took the many pathways, passed through Central Station, looked at the train schedules, people rushing to their work, passengers waiting to embark, amazing how many people I saw on a business day! Then I headed to PVM (Place Ville-Marie) a beautiful mall, found a coffee shop, took my lon, very long double espresso and sipped this delightful hot nectar.
So I am here sitting, quite a few people reading their newspaper, other reading, while having a snack or late breakfast, a couple of persons using their tablets, maybe blogging too 🙂 I did not take pictures with people included, not willing to make them feel uncomfortable, but also being careful about security restrictions in public places.
Soon it will be the early lunch time people who will invade the food court, I can imagine the crowd, conversations, laughs, people talking about their week-end and the famous TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) ahhhh I will never get used to this expression. we all know it is Friday, we all know the week-end will start in a few hours, still we say this TGIF thing like a sort of religious incantation! OK I’ll admit there are some, well many who like to say it, so suit yourself and enjoy it: TGIF! Yehhhhhhhhhhh!
So back to my little world. I will complete this paper, and go for a walk, I love walking in DT Montreal. It has this little craziness, the kind of craziness I like.
So enjoy your Friday, mine will go on with a smile, hopefully yours as well!
Michel – May 30, 2014