Category Archives: French

Town from Country

By Elisabeth Hammond (PWRT ’19)

Artwork in Place-des-Arts metro station.

There is no question that a city is inexplicably different from the countryside. There is more noise, more people, more activity; the city is entirely non-stop while the countryside’s rolling hills and mountains move as slowly as the cows that graze on them.

It was far from my first time in Montreal ─ living a mere two hours away made the city a popular day-trip spot for my family ─ but it was my first time going up and down the streets where I would be living, learning and memorizing the ins and outs and shortcuts to the metro. Despite the fear that settled with the move from silent no-where to loud somewhere, Montreal’s prospect of exploration and new experiences overcame that quickly.

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In The Streets

By Laura Reilly (EGPR ’18)

With the weather getting warmer and warmer, there is no valid excuse to stay indoors (that includes schoolwork, right?). Whether you’re just getting out of class or looking for something to do on the weekend, there are almost too many places to check out around the city. While Burlington might have Church St, we’ve got some streets of our own that are full of city life and things to do.

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City of Lights

By Laura Reilly (EGPR ’18)

It’s a great year to be studying abroad in Montréal! 2017 marks the city’s 375th anniversary, which means there are celebrations everywhere! Montreal en Lumiere is a two week long festival that takes place all over Montreal each year, from live performances to a 3.6 kilometer route of illuminated artwork starting from the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Montreal does an amazing job incorporating interactive art with the city, and the best part is that you can experience the celebration barely a block away from Champlain’s residences!

Some key facts about Montréal en Lumière, Nuit Blanche à Montréal:

  • Over 600 artists
  • 300 activities and shows
  • 13 countries represented
  • ~1,000 projectors
  • 2600 kg of cheese!!!!!

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Discovering Montreal

By Freeman Fletcher (FILM ’18)

Spring 2017 students gathered in the Residence lobby during Orientation (Hannah Cartmel)

I entered Montreal on a bus, the most dystopian civilian transport this side of the people wagons from Planet of the Apes. I was nervous and it was raining. I was nervous because I hail from a small town in Maine and have never stayed in a city for longer than a couple days at a time on family vacations. It was raining because of global warming.

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Discovering Montreal

By Freeman Fletcher (FILM ’18)

Spring 2017 students gathered in the Residence lobby during Orientation (Hannah Cartmel)

I entered Montreal on a bus, the most dystopian civilian transport this side of the people wagons from Planet of the Apes. I was nervous and it was raining. I was nervous because I hail from a small town in Maine and have never stayed in a city for longer than a couple days at a time on family vacations. It was raining because of global warming.

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Chilling Out with Cats and Dogs

by Maina Chen; Professional Writing, ‘18 This one is for all the animal lovers coming to Montreal. There is an abundance of cafes, small eateries and take out joints in downtown Montreal, and while having many options are by no means a bad thing, choosing is the hard part. Sometimes you might be looking for […]

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A Long Way From Ohio

By Emily Poltor; Theatre Production (Ohio Wesleyan University), ’17 In-text Photos by Dehjia Thompkins; Business Administration, ’18 I have baby-stepped toward my independence since I reached my teenage years. One shy and timid step dove me into the world of summer jobs at age fourteen. Another resistant step plunged me into the driving world when I got […]

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This is a City of Strangers

By Jana Pietrzyk, Professional Writing ‘16 This is a talking city. This is a city full of strangers. This is a beat city. This is a city full of words. This city is a space that holds us in its cupped hands. I feel it caressing my chest with its thumb; I feel it breathing on […]

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Montreal: City of Saints; Sin City

By Jana Pietrzyk; Professional Writing, ‘16 There is a cashier at the bagel place on the corner, who watches a man – dirt stained and sweating- walk in, making a beeline for the pitcher of water. He’s turned away. He walks out, quietly, and she says to me she wishes she owned the place so she […]

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Music City

By Amanda Deep (GART ’17) Montreal is well known for its music scene. Year round there are festivals going on in the city for many different occasions, but just about all contain large music shows and concerts or some other form of live entertainment. The warmer months are especially famous for holding music festivals almost constantly […]

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