- We asked people on Twitter about the most typical moments they've ever experienced in Montreal.
- The answers range from the hilariously absurd to the heartwarming.
- What is the most typical Montreal moment you've ever experienced?
Last week we took to Twitter to ask users what the strangest thing they ever experienced in Montreal was. The answers ranged from the totally bizarre, like the free-range rooster wandering the streets late at night, to the expected, like Montreal's constantly devolving road structures and never-ending construction dance.
We've all had our share of the bizarre. Last summer I was crossing the street at the corner of de Maisonneuve and Crescent while someone was walking their tiger down the crosswalk. A freakin' tiger. It even had a leash. To this day my friend and I have to ask, "Wait, we really did see that, right? It wasn't a dream?"
But what makes Montreal truly Montreal? What are moments so stereotypical that you wouldn't even need to see the word 'Montreal' attached to the tweet and you would know it took place in this city?
The answers won't surprise you. We've all experienced them in one way or another. Some are funny, and other's are thorns in our side that don't seem to be getting any better, and some of them are rather sad. But they are all things as Montrealers that we can share and nod knowingly in agreement to.
Living in a province that is truly multilingual is a huge part of what gives Montreal it's personality. Walking into most any business in the city and you'll be greeted with "bonjour-hi" signaling to customers, 'Hey, we speak both languages here."
@mtlblog "Bonjour-Hi"— Dr Navarro-Ramirez (@Dr Navarro-Ramirez) 1566323135.0
Sometimes conversations are held in both languages at the same time!
@mtlblog Speaking english & getting an answer en francais..— gpinchh (@gpinchh) 1566323036.0
But if your French accent is great, some of the street names and asking for directions can be tricky.
@mtlblog Asking where a street is in English nobody understanding then finally one person says the name with a Fren… https://t.co/MQ0DTVdIQz— Onxy Nova (Allyssa) (@Onxy Nova (Allyssa)) 1566381625.0
What would this list be without the frustration of Montreal road work? The responses listed were unanimously about the state of Montreal construction.
@mtlblog Potholes— Simon_MTL (@Simon_MTL) 1566323184.0
@mtlblog Stepping outside your place and instantly see orange cones everywhere— David Colmenero (@David Colmenero) 1566323794.0
@mtlblog can't take a picture without a traffic cone or Barre sign getting in the way.— WalkMontreal (@WalkMontreal) 1566323373.0
I can't count the times I've been late for a meeting or job because of all the detours.
@mtlblog Finding a new route to work everyday because of construction— Recharge (@Recharge) 1566325209.0
And with all the construction comes the strange.
@mtlblog The city has redone a part of the sidewalk outside my house three times. Who knows what they’re doing. The… https://t.co/hvlew2pK1O— Kelly St-Laurent (@Kelly St-Laurent) 1566322718.0
As a lover of Montreal though hater of the winters, I have a personal reaction to this tweet.
@mtlblog Falling on my ass because the sidewalk isn’t deiced...🥵— Natasha #JeSuisPuccap (@Natasha #JeSuisPuccap) 1566324141.0
Then, of course, there is the negative and rather shitty part of Montreal. We feel for this guy but he does still seem to have a pretty positive attitude!
@mtlblog MTL is a den of thieves, but a lovable den of thieves. 🙃— FINCH A. (@FINCH A.) 1566325606.0
Bike theft is a prerequisite for anyone who wants to call themselves a Montrealer.
And who among us hasn't dealt with the frustrations of our medicare system?
@mtlblog Or waiting a few months for a doctor appointment, taking a day off, coming and waiting for 3 hours to find… https://t.co/ONT7RPnsFU— Ihor Stashchuk (@Ihor Stashchuk) 1566343132.0
One great thing is that Montreal never stands still, we are constantly changing.
But there are some things that never do.
@mtlblog #beautysluncheonette & @biospheremtl https://t.co/sQPC4Nt4Nn— Trixie. (@Trixie.) 1566323617.0
@mtlblog Waiting in line at 4 AM at La Banquise, outside, when it’s -40 degrees.— Alexanne Laplante (@Alexanne Laplante) 1566324546.0
There were also the more unexpected answers like this guy who got to experience Expo67 and a ride on the new metro.
@mtlblog Taking the new Metro to expo67— Mr Wilson (@Mr Wilson) 1566323060.0
There are some people that have a very different type of Montreal experience. Either that or a few too many trips to the SQDC.
@mtlblog An 'authentic seance' on a intermittent rainy afternoon in upscale Westmount Montreal with other parapsych… https://t.co/bZYkP34G9B— Robert Tremblay (@Robert Tremblay) 1566326542.0
But let's end this on a sweet note. These typical Montreal moments are the ones that make us 'awwww.'
@mtlblog People holding hands, kissing, showing their love for one another 🥰💗💗— SPACENORDER (@SPACENORDER) 1566342559.0
@mtlblog Day-to-day living. Have lived here for the last 47 years. There’s no place on earth I’d rather be.— Medardo Cardona (@Medardo Cardona) 1566339053.0
We couldn't agree with that one more.