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Undeniably the most interesting city in Canada, Montreal is full of much intrigue and mystery. With such a storied international reputation such as ours, it's easy for an outsider to get confused as to what is real and what is not. For example, while Montreal can be called the big city, it's technically pretty small. Something that locals appreciate, but if you are moving to Montreal from elsewhere, may surprise you. So, it's time to dispel some of those misconception you may or may not still believe.
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Snow in the city is not pretty.
Sure, postcards and movies make it look like a winter wonderland, but apart from like one week just before Christmas, snow in Montreal is essentially frozen crud.
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Taking the metro everywhere is not fun.
Montreal is known for having one of the largest and busiest systems in Canada, so you'd think that taking the metro must be a good time, right? It isn't. Between the hot and stuffy metro cars, frequent delays, and barely enough stations outside the downtown core - getting around by metro can actually be a nightmare. There's a reason everyone riding the metro looks so miserable.
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You will not party at festivals everyday.
One of the reasons you moved to Montreal in the first place was because it's Festival City, with the Jazz Fest, Just For Laughs, Montréal en Lumière and Igloofest just to name a few. And while you will no doubt hit up each one of these festivals at least once, after a while, they all become just another festival.
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The Montreal skyline will never get old.
It's already a fact that the Montreal skyline is as about as iconic as skylines go, and you might think that once you actually see it everyday it will lose its appeal, but c'mon now. Just look at it!! It will always look amazeballs and it will always get your likes.
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Not everyone speaks French.
A lot of people come to Montreal thinking that everyone speaks French all the time and that tends to freak them out a little. The reality is, most Montrealers speak French and English and will generally be pretty accommodating. You will need to be able to read in French though, as Montreal signs can be a real dick.
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The Underground City is not a magical place.
The Underground City may sound cool, like some sort of urban Atlantis with yellow-brick roads and candy canes as far as the eye can see, but the reality is that it's basically a bunch of metro tunnels that connect malls and office buildings together.
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You can't get away with not being a Habs fan.
Hopefully you are already aware that the hockey team here is the Montreal Canadiens, but more importantly, everyone in Montreal is a Habs fan. EVERYONE. And if you're not, well it's just a matter of time really.
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The cost of living is not super cheap.
Montreal likes to boast itself as one of the most inexpensive Canadian cities to live in with a very low cost of living. Sure, our rent is a steal compared to elsewhere, we have (relatively) low tuition, cheap booze, electricity, public transit, and accessible social plans, but what you save on all those things you will pay for in gas and taxes.
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Driving a car is a terrible idea.
Since Montreal is nowhere near the sprawling cityscapes that is say, Toronto, you could be inclined to think that driving a car would be a handy convenience here. Only problem is, you have more chances of wining the lottery than finding a parking spot, traffic congestion is some of the worst in the country, and what the winter months don't destroy and rust on your car (and your soul), the pond-size potholes surely will. Which probably explains why people actually take the metro.
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Getting laid is just as difficult as everywhere else.
Despite the multitude of gorgeous Montrealers out there, and their somewhat promiscuous reputations, getting laid simply for showing up at the club is a fallacy, and the struggle hurts even more when you're getting rejected by hard 8's (on average) consistently.
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