Guys, Montreal is an awesome place. I've been here my whole life, and I have absolutely no desire to get out. Sure, I love exploring other places, but this is my home, and I'm convinced it's the best place to live... even if it's not perfect.\nREAD ALSO: 22 Brutally Honest Thoughts That Run Through Your Head While You Take Montreal Metro\nI also happen to know quite a few people who have come from other places in the world, but have decided to make Montreal their new homes. There were a couple of common things they all did when they were first new to the city that they now agree might not have been the best decisions. And if you can relate to any of these, then sit back, have a little "let's not take ourselves too seriously" chuckle, and enjoy.\n1. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can eat your first poutine in just one sitting.\nA photo posted by Heidi (@heidilagneaux) on Oct 5, 2016 at 9:31pm PDT\nOh, friend. No.\n2. Don't make the mistake of thinking you can find your way through Mount Royal on your first excursion.\nA photo posted by Zeeshan Sattar (@zsattar87) on Oct 5, 2016 at 7:22pm PDT\nI've been in Montreal for 25 years and I still get lost as all fuck trying to navigate my way down that mountain.\n3. Don't make the mistake of cheaping out on boots during your first Montreal winter.\nA photo posted by Guillaume Tiberghien (@guillaumetib) on Apr 10, 2016 at 6:48pm PDT\nIf you've never experienced on of our super icy, slushy, slippery winters, then consider this your formal warning: buy good winter boots. Buy. Good. Winter. Boots. The type with insulation and grippy soles so you don't go flying down a hill at 255 kilometers an hour. Trust, don't stick with your fall UGGs. They'll do you no good here.\n4. Don't make the mistake of trusting the STM bus schedule.\nA photo posted by Collin Lauzon (@collin.lauzon) on Oct 6, 2016 at 4:59am PDT\nThose schedules are more like loose guidelines. To be safe, always show up 5-10 minutes before a bus is scheduled to show up... and always leave the house 10 minutes earlier than you need to.\n5. Don't make the mistake of not getting lost.\nA photo posted by RAnnDomized (@ranndomized) on Oct 4, 2016 at 2:04am PDT\nSounds crazy, right? But not really. Montreal is so big that getting lost in the city will allow you to discover the parts you love most. As long as you're safe and you can find your way back, then don't be afraid to walk down the little streets or get off a metro stop or two too far.\n6. Don't make the mistake of thinking traffic won't be terrible today.\nA photo posted by Tracy Roughton (@tracysarah77) on Sep 28, 2016 at 8:48am PDT\nIt will be. But it's okay. You'll learn that in good time, and we love you anyway, Montreal.\n7. Don't make the mistake of spending all your money on food.\nA photo posted by TIFFANY LAI? (@lai_tiffany) on Oct 4, 2016 at 4:20pm PDT\nYes, Montreal's dining scene is seriously awesome. No, you shouldn't eat out for every single meal in a frantic attempt to sample all of Montreal's best restaurants. (Actually, I can't even judge anyone on this one, I do it myself, TBH).\n8. Don't make the mistake of thinking that are summers are freezing AF.\nA photo posted by Melissa (@melprezxo) on Apr 22, 2016 at 6:14pm PDT\nIf you're not from around here, then it might be pretty easy to assume that our summers are pretty mild. Well, friend, that's simply not true. We get heatwaves, our humidity levels are off the charts, we overwork or AC units, and we spend just as much time in the pool as we do digging our cars out of snow in the winter. (AKA, a lot).\n9. Don't make the mistake of driving to the Old Port.\nA photo posted by @aserialtraveler on Oct 6, 2016 at 5:42am PDT\nFinding parking? Oh. Haha. Yeah, that's not going to happen... At least not for cheap.\n10. Don't make the mistake of thinking everyone either speaks French or English.\nA photo posted by ? Montreal | Canada ? (@ericbranover) on Oct 6, 2016 at 5:31am PDT\nWe're a bilingual city; most of us speak both languages, and if we don't, then most of us will at least attempt to communicate with you.\n11. Don't make the mistake of buying in to the Fairmount Vs. St. Viateur bagel feud.\nA photo posted by Ann-Stéphanie D. (@annstyfe) on Oct 11, 2015 at 6:25am PDT\nThey're both awesome in their own ways. Don't be a bagelist.\n12. Don't make the mistake of renting an apartment near Concordia or McGill.\nA photo posted by Myriam Bouroche | Montréal (@passionmontreal) on Oct 4, 2016 at 1:51pm PDT\nIf you can, then go for it. But if it's not in your budget, don't worry about it. Try going to other boroughs that are still relatively close to the downtown core and that offer cheaper rents (like NDG or Cote-Des-Neiges, for example).\n13. Don't make the mistake of thinking you need a car to get around.\nA photo posted by Marinette Couture (@nette_in_wonderland) on Aug 3, 2016 at 9:41pm PDT\nSure, it's super convenient. But pretty much, you can get around the city just fine using the BMW method. (Bus, meto, walk, BTW).\n14. Don't make the mistake of skipping out on your monthly Opus card.\nA photo posted by Philippe-Olivier Daniel (@iam.pod) on May 2, 2016 at 5:54am PDT\nAt the same time, if you're not a driver, don't decide to pay for each bus trip by itself. Trust, it's a lot cheaper to just buy the bus pass if you rely on the bus to get around.\n15. Don't make the mistake of eating $2 Chow after a night out on St. Laurent.\nA photo posted by Zohair Masood (@zohairmasood) on Aug 4, 2016 at 4:55pm PDT\nThose noodles are delicious, but they don't taste so good when you're puking them out on the corner of St. Laurent and Prince Arthur at 3 AM as people stare at you and judge. (Or, haha, is that just me?)\n16. Don't make the mistake of only grabbing smoked meat at Schwartz's.\nA photo posted by Advice for Travel Enthusiasts (@travelintoliving) on Oct 4, 2016 at 6:34pm PDT\nDon't get it twisted, Schwartz's is great. But don't make it your one and only smoked meat spot. There are tons of other awesome ones (Jarry Smoked Meat, Lester's Deli, Smoked Meat Pete etc) to discover.\n17. Don't make the mistake of never venturing to Laval/The West Island.\nA photo posted by Cloé (@cloe.m) on Oct 5, 2016 at 4:36pm PDT\nYou might get intimidated by places that aren't strictly on-island, but trust, you're doing yourself a huge disservice not to go exploring these places. Pointe-Claire is beautiful, and Centropolis in Laval is fun AF.\n18. Don't make the mistake of taking the highways during rush hour.\nA photo posted by Jill Prevost (@jillprevost) on Aug 29, 2016 at 2:56pm PDT\nWhen the sign says "congestion", take the scenic route. Which brings me to another point:\n19. Don't make the mistake of taking the metro during rush hour.\nA photo posted by Loïc Antoine (@louloumontreal) on Oct 5, 2016 at 11:08am PDT\nBetween the hours of like, 3 and 7 PM, the metros are PACKED as hell. Do yourself a favour and leave work an hour early, or go grab a coffee until 7:00.\n20. Don't make the mistake of thinking that bikers, pedestrians, and drivers all love each other.\nA photo posted by Jenn ? (@jennifuursewell) on Sep 24, 2016 at 12:04pm PDT\nWe do, don't get me wrong. But just... be extra careful whenever you're on the road, no matter what. Traffic lights are usually just a suggestion to most of us.\n21. Don't make the mistake of going to Igloofest without gloves/a hat/a scarf/boots/a heated blanket.\nA photo posted by Edi Bouazza (@ebouazza) on Jan 31, 2016 at 11:32am PST\nIf you're in Montreal, you're gooing to have a good time - no matter what. Even in the winter, we've got super fun festivals going down, like Igloofest, which is an outdoor fest with music, drinks, and good vibes. But trust, it gets freezing cold sometimes. I'm not even kidding about bringing the heated blanket part. Or am I?\n22. Don't make the mistake of thinking the construction is finally over.\nA photo posted by Montreal Barrée (@mtl_barree) on Oct 6, 2016 at 5:39am PDT\nIT'S. NEVER. OVER.\nAdd mtlblog on Snapchat.