Guys, if you know me at all, you for sure know one thing about me.
Straight-up, I strongly dislike taking public transportation. I don't know exactly why; probably, I'm just one of those people who complain about everything but don't know just how good we have it.
Whatever the reason, public transport is not for me.
And neither is driving, apparently.
Although I have my driver's license, I get anxious if I have to drive for a long stretch of time. No amount of comfort can get me to stop being so nervous behind the wheel, and so for everyone's safety, I've put a pin in the whole "driving myself around" thing, just until I can get over whatever's holding me back.
Until that time comes, I'll always be looking for crafty ways to get lifts. That's why Uber was pretty much my bae for a little while: it offered convenience (enter your full trajectory? pay by credit card? track the car? Yes. All of it. Yes please), fun drivers, cheaper prices, and an all-around good alternative to public transportation.
My month-long adventure with Uber began innocently enough. I forgot to charge my Opus for the month, and, stranded without change or cash, I downloaded the app, ordered an Uber, and bam. Within two minutes, I was sitting next to my driver, zipping through the city. I reached my destination in record time, and throughout the ride, I had a super intriguing talk with the driver. In short, I was hooked.
The next day, I decided to Uber it again. Within five minutes, a new driver was pulling up in front of my place.
He opened the door for me, offered me gum and water, and asked me if I had any route that I preferred to take. I was like, "nah," and off we went - closer to work, and deeper and deeper into my Uber obsession.
Throughout the next month, I kept finding convenient excuses to not load my Opus. I "just didn't have any time", or I "misplaced my card"... Basically, I was reaching pretty hard, every single day, for more reasons to continue my use of Uber.
I couldn't help it, TBH. All of my Uber drivers were super polite, chill, and fun to talk to; they engaged in conversations with me, got me where I needed to go safely and in a super timely manner, and always listened if I requested a road change or something like that.
Plus, during one of my rides, Hotline Bling by Drake came on the radio... and my Uber driver and I started singing along to it. Legit. We were duet-ing Hotline Bling together, these two strangers brought together by a single app. It was beautiful.
It was also addicting. I felt like I had some control over my route, which wasn't something I was used to with other methods of getting around.
And then came the credit card bill, and my month of happiness came crashing down on me like a ton of bricks.
Let me tell you something, friends. Uber is a cheaper alternative to other ways of getting around... but those rides add up, especially if you're taking an Uber every single day.
Although that reality check was super rough, and I've since been kind of forced to kick the Uber habit, I don't regret it.
Not only was I getting around the city super quickly, but I also got to meet some incredibly interesting people, with different backgrounds and opinions. A lot of them were outgoing; some were just there to do their job; but all of them were polite and respectful, and although it ended up costing me a pretty penny (BRB, drying my tears), I wouldn't trade my month-long trip down the Uber rabbit hole for anything.
We all know by now that UberEats in Montreal has our back whenever we're feeling too lazy to make our own meal or to go get our own groceries.
The app just even got better for anyone with no desire to leave their house — Montrealers can now order from stores in the city on UberEats too. So you can get all your must-haves brought to your doorstep faster than even Amazon can deliver.
Uber media representative Jonathan Hamel confirmed the full list of retail options available in Montreal throughout the Uber Eats app as follows:
Chora Design Floral
Epicerie du Bazaar
Marché Aux Fleurs MTL
Pellatt Cornucopia Gifts
Pépinière Notre Dame
As you can see, there's a variety of flower shops on the list, which can save you if ever you don't have time to go get someone a gift before an event because you can have a bouquet of flowers delivered to you while you're getting ready for it!
Or, if you're in desperate need of some face wash before starting your day, you can also have that brought to your doorstep.
Looking for a new book to cozy up in bed with on a cold day? You've got Indigo as a delivery option for that.
And of course, you can have a much-needed snack brought to you as well. Why do we even bother leaving our homes at this point, eh?
Note that depending on where you are in Montreal, all the retail stores listed above may not have options for delivery or pickup.
Expedia also shared data on Canadians' interest in visiting Quebec destinations. After Quebec City and Mont-Tremblant, Canadians seem to want to travel to La Malbaie, Tadoussac, Montreal and Gaspésie — in that order.
The results were based on searches for trips that would take place between July 7 and September 30.
At a press conference on Thursday, Premier François Legault, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and several other government representatives announced huge new investments into Canada's aerospace industry. These investments are set to create "more than 1,000" high-paying jobs in Quebec and the rest of Canada.
"The projects announced today are tangible platforms for creating exciting jobs," Aéro Montréal explained in a press release.
Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!