I’m afraid this isn’t quite the next Montreal post because I’m sat here at Penn Station NYC, laptop out typing away at 11:19pm in the Amtrak patron waiting lounge.
For the time being I will put up the rest of the photos I took with the ‘Non-Camera’ and hope to return to elaborate on the whole trip some more in the near future. This will give me a chance to write up the more recent and cruxing developments (see newer posts).
Essentially, I stayed with Michael and his partner Reajanne. They took me out to dinner that first evening but a headache came upon me most viciously and I started to feel queasy eating the posh french food. I had to eventually apologise and leave off eating any of the dinner. Took it home with me in a doggy bag, went straight to bed. Following day I got a chance to look around Montreal as Michael drove me around some. Then I was taken too….
The Montreal Biodome (zoo) also where the Olympic Stadium resides.
Fishies and Gawkers
Birdies. (Or rather people watching the birdies). Note the ‘faux sky’, would inspire anyone to go on a humanitarian animal wellfare crusade.
My favourites! The cute penguins!
Then we went to the Chalet also in close proximity to one of Michaels Sons; Shawn who has a nice little family of his own..
Michael reads a story (in slight monotone) to his Grandson; Liam.
Went back the following day to Montreal where I got to see a nice view that I made into a dodgy panorama.
Montreal (can you spot the Biodome/Olympic Stadium?)
Then Michael took me to his other son; Dylan and his partner; Sophia.
“Sophia, Vic (a friend of theirs) and Dylan
I liked Dylan, he was on the same wavelength as me and not nessacarily because he owned a hemp shop but he is quite interested in family history like me. That evening we went to a vegatarian restaurant and then a strip club(!), both equally quite new experiences for me.
It was a very short stay, especially with Dylan and Sophia but I have been invited back. I hope to take them up on the offer.
Blitzed back down to Vermont on the Greyhound whereupon I immediately started organising my Florida trip.. So, onto another post then.
The reason for my severe delay in finishing the rest of the Montreal blog postings can be attributed to the frantic headrush of the past 2 weeks that have seen me tackling the huge logistics of an extended Florida trip.
If you can recall, I have been asked to pick up a van for a company and drive it back some 1500 miles to Vermont. I have decided to go ahead with this because I would be paid for my time, have the travel costs covered, get an opportunity to do some real-life US State-wide driving and also visit a large number of friends, family or relatives.
In order to visit relatives in a timely manner, I requested if I could get a paid Amtrak rail pass to chuff along the East Coast and make stop overs to visit people possible. Luckily the company agreed.
The huge logistics problem came about when I realised that I would have the mammoth task of coordinating a rally of visits with about 25-30 odd people that I have addresses and invitations for all the way down to Florida. I would need to schedule a day or two for each person and work out which Amtrak station is closest and if I need a Greyhound from there or not. Then I would need to check which days were suitable with everyone and make sure that it all lined up with the minimum of ‘backtracking’ up the railways.
I think I’ve pretty much accomplished a good array of dates all one after the other which succeed their way down the East Coast.
My plans are:
WAY DOWN (Amtrak Train & Greyhound Bus)
Vermont – A ride down with my host Chuck as he had to go to NYC anyway
New York – Visit a friend of my mothers living on Mulberry Street, China Town in Manhatten.
South Carolina – My distant cousin who lives in UK but has a work placement for a year in the US
Savannah – My old hallmate from the first year at University who went to the States to do a different course
Florida – Visit a large number of relatives who have settled up and down the length of Florida
PICK UP VAN, DRIVE UP
Stop off at any of the above who will be free to have me again
Washington D.C – My cousin who I visited 3 years ago also
New York – My grandparents in Long Island.
Vermont – Drop off van and work out how to get a lift back home!