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A College Student’s Guide To Chinatown – Rian Atherton

By Rian Atherton (California Lutheran University ’18)

In order to talk about Chinatown, you have to first delve into the History and the customs of the people living there. Now you don’t have to be an expert on Chinatown but you should at least familiarize yourself with some of these basics. One of the most important things you need to realize if you are visiting Chinatown is that everything here is a bit different. Like all immigrant areas, the people here have brought some of their customs and traditions from overseas. First and foremost of these is that the elderly take priority sometimes you may be in a shop and you may be first and an old Chinese man or woman will walk in and a slew of rapid-fire Cantonese will fire out faster than a bullet train. Don’t be offended but you are no longer the priority, it has nothing to do with you and everything to do with the fact that they probably have known each other for decades and the Chinese have a deference for the elderly that western countries lack.  That being said, it is worth the wait because the food in Chinatown is absolutely divine.

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23 Reasons to Study Abroad in Montreal

By Amanda Gates (GDES ’19)

[Throughout the Spring ’18 semester, Social Media Ambassador Amanda has explored Montreal and its many hidden corners. Here she gives her best reasons as to why students should consider coming up here with the Champlain Abroad program]

1. New way of living

College dorms can be boring. Picture this instead: hotel-style rooms, kitchens, and freedom. Continue reading

A Certain Vintage

By Amanda Gates (GDES ’19)

It’s to no one’s surprise that college students tend to run short of cash. The hunt for the cheapest deals is an ongoing personal battle during every hour of the day. The most important survival factor is of course, food, but clothing comes in as a close second. In a city where fashion is so prevalent, how and where can students keep up?

Thrift is a great answer to a lot of problems. Need something cheap or want something unique? Perfect. Need to get out of your room or go on a new adventure? Also a good choice. A glance at the past isn’t always for the museums and Montreal provides great opportunities to find it elsewhere. Throughout the year, Montreal hosts a variety of different thrift events all across the city. No one sale is the same, and better yet, every find is unique. Tons of people have found crazy items and insane brand deals at the cost of almost nothing. So, it was my time to find something of my own! Continue reading

Tunnel Vision – The Underground City

By Amanda Gates (GDES ’19)

Have you ever felt like exploring beneath the city streets? To your luck, the entrance to one of Montreal’s very own Narnia’s is right at your fingertips. For what feels like miles throughout the downtown core, a series of malls and tunnels connect the above to the below. The adventures and discoveries double with the existence of this underground city, and while sometimes difficult to find and navigate around, the easiest first step to get there begins at the McGill metro station. Continue reading

Popcorn & Spidermen: Montreal’s Underground City

By Amanda Deep (GART ’17) Though I do not tend to indulge in the shopping mall experience, I decided to try something new this weekend and head over to the Eaton Centre, a huge mall complex that is connected underground to, you guessed it, many more mall complexes. Montreal’s subterranean walkway is basically one giant shopping […]

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Shopping for la nourriture

image001As I write this blog post, I’ve spent just over a week in Montreal. Since this has been my first time ever leaving the United States, I had been mentally preparing myself for the changes I would encounter over the course of the semester. While I believe I’ve done fairly well at adjusting over this first week, there were still some pretty big surprises from some unexpected places. For now, I’d like to tell you about my first experience with a foreign grocery store. Continue reading

Budgeting in Montreal

When you enter a different country you always have the usual suspects of things you’ll encounter that’s different.  Maybe it’s the food, the people, the language, all or none of these things.  The one you don’t expect though, the Kaiser Soze of the group, is shopping.  I went into Provigo (pronounced Pro-Vee-go) expecting to buy generally the same things I buy back home and was thrown for a loop when I saw how everything was priced.  Continue reading

The Vibrant Culture of Montreal


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