You adore them, sure, but what you don't adore is getting to and from their house. However, love can make us do some pretty crazy things, most notably sit in traffic for 2 hours every other day. Walking? Biking? Sure, you can try, but it will take you forever.
Try as you might to not to complain about the fact that you two live so far away from each other, sometimes a little venting can help. Here are the 10 realities that you deal with when your partner lives across the island.
1. You spend more time on the 40 than any normal Montrealer
On a good day, this road is fast, breezy and enjoyable. It's the fastest way to get to your lover's home. Unfortunately, this very rarely happens. Very, very rarely. Whether it's because of traffic, construction, or both, you end up journeying to and fro on the 40 in frequent and lengthy trips.
2. So. Much. Traffic.
It hinders your travels on the 40, and when you decide to take side routes, it still creeps up on you like a nasty old habit. Sometimes it ruins your plans, and other times it just gets you in the worst of moods, which can really suck for your S.O. The things we do for those we love, *sigh*.
3. You spend mad cash on gas
Because of the aforementioned reasons, your car, no matter how fuel-efficient, finds itself desperate for gasoline more often than not. The gas-light knows your name and your favourite song on the radio, and your phone is always on standby to find the nearest gas station. Where did your latest pay check go? Food? Gifts? Drinks? Nah, Petro Canada.
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4. Commuting is a nightmare
For those of you who are confined to the services of the STM, you enjoy endless transfers, several bus lines and maybe even rely on the AMT. That means not one, but two OPUS fares on the way there, and two more on the way back. Who said public transit was less expensive than a car?
5. You have to meet each other halfway
Maybe you go to school together, or perhaps you work in the same area. Whatever the case, you almost certainly have a spot at which you can meet and spend some time together, since travelling the full length of the city can get a little difficult (not to mention time-consuming).
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6. You often end up downtown
It's the perfect meeting place! Coming from Anjou, it's a 20-minute drive West, whereas from Dorval, it's a 20-minute drive East. You finally both get to see each other in a timely fashion. Watch a movie, go out to eat, or chill in a park - the possibilities are endless.
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7. Spontaneous visits are seldom possible
Sure, surprising her with a bouquet of peonies and her favourite movie sounds like a recipe for success, but it requires that you travel an incredible distance. Popping in to his place to play a random session of Smash Bros in-between study breaks sounds cool, except with that kind of plan, there won't be much time left over for studying.
8. It sometimes causes arguments
Hey, nobody's perfect. Sit for two hours in traffic, or take the metro five times in one day, and I'm sure you won't be in such a good mood afterwards either. At times, it can be a little annoying and causes tempers to rise. At least you're not fighting because one of you finished season 1 of Daredevil before the other. Now THAT would be unforgivable.
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9. You've considered moving closer
Occasionally, when school or work was particularly boring, your mind might have wandered, and wondered what it would be like to live a little closer to each other. Perhaps it was even possible... Or not, whatever
10. You don't care
After a while, it doesn't matter as much. Long car rides mean more time for jammin', and meeting up just makes the day that much more special. It's just the city of Montreal, after all - you're not driving across the whole country. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who goes where, it only matters that you are with them (cue the collective aweeee).