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2006 06 30
Au Revoir (for now)

We realised last night that this is the very weekend we stepped off a plane one year ago from England and began our life in Montreal. Signed the lease for an apartment the day after landing (spent the night in jetlagged shock at Motel L'Oiseau Bleu on what was then an unknown highway just outside of town) and haven't looked back since. We feel tremendously lucky to live here. Montreal had always been a city of 'wouldn't that be nice if we could...' until we just thought, screw it, let's move here.

We came without the usual trappings - jobs, money, loads of friends, ambition. Even stuff. At that point our wordly possessions were crammed into 100 square feet of boat space floating somewhere on the Atlantic. Anything else was scattered around in friends' houses in a couple countries. We didn't have much. But that didn't last for long. The generosity of spirit, openness of discussion, and the spidery network of kind folk connecting us with other kind folk made for an urban plentitude the likes of which he had/have never seen.

This is all to say that we have been quite nostalgic over the past couple days as we have realised our editorship of Reading Montreal is coming a close. It really was one of the first connections that started to make this beautiful city feel like home to us. We would like to take this moment to express our deepest gratitude to all our Contributing Writers and to say that, without our extraordinary Contributing Editors, we would have been lost. And thank you to the unknown readers that choose to check in on the site from time to time - it's been nice talking with you...

Now it's YOUR turn! Reading Montreal is waiting for you to jump in and steer the ship in a new direction. Let us hear from you soon.
[email this story] Posted by Rebecca Duclos on 06/30 at 11:37 PM
  1. Rebecca and David, thanks so much for the way you made reading about Montreal so compelling and unique. We will miss you.

    Robert Ouellette, Editor, Reading Toronto

    Posted by Robert Ouellette  on  07/03  at  12:52 AM

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