Sorry, I’m from Montreal

I thought it would be fun to take over this article from The New Yorker with the title No I’m from New York and give it a little Montrealer twist. So here are my thoughts as a girl from Montreal.

In New York, we greet newcomers by giving them incorrect directions to Times Square

In Montreal, we welcome visitors – in particular tourists from France – with a weird look on their face when they ask for the underground city. Like if it was a real attraction…. it’s NOT. It’s just a way to avoid the cold and the snow in the winter so we don’t have to drive our ski-doo (we don’t use ski-doo in the city, this is another myth).

A two-bedroom house with a front yard and a back yard? Psh. What do you need all that space for?

In Montreal, we have plenty of places to hang out: parks, alleys, libraries, coffee shops, museums, and I could go on. Why the hell would you like a backyard? To avoid the kids to play together? Brillant.

I’m from New York. I don’t drive. I don’t know how to drive. I don’t know how to do something that teen-agers can do, and I’m proud of it.   

I got my first driver’s  license at the age of 24. It expired. I then passed a second time my driver’s license. I still have it. I did not take a seat on the driver’s side since a little over 4 years. That is how much a Montrealer I am. I walk. No matter if it’s hot or if there’s snow or ice, I walk E V E R Y W H E R E. If I feel for getting a little dose of germs, I’ll take the bus or the metro (subway).

You let people buy specific seats at this movie theater? What the hell is wrong with you? I’m from New York. I believe in a first-come, first-served free-for-all.

Ok, I didn’t know you could buy specific seats in a movie theater (the article refer to Los Angeles)! That’s wrong! You can’t do that! Part of the fun of going to the movie theater is actually not knowing if it will be full. No knowing if you’ll have to share your popcorn with a stranger rather than your partner.

I love reading The New Yorker and love the humor of the contributors. Yes, I also love New York very much.




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  1. Well, I know many New Yorkers and they are not like that at all but there is definitely a difference between Canadians and Americans 🙂

  2. I’m a New York… an Upstate New Yorker… the best part of the state. I’ve been driving since 16 and wouldn’t trade my car for anything. I love having reserved seating at the movies as well as wine and always give good directions or none at all.

    1. Wine at the movie theater would be awesome! I spend each summer in Port Henry, NY and you definitely have to drive there…..

  3. I wish the movie theater near us would allow you to just buy seats and go in the theater but you do need reserved seats :/

    I drive, but I’m not a fan of it. If I can walk, I’d prefer to do that.

    1. On that point, we are very similar.. walk walk walk…. I lost all my baby fat just by walking and going up the stairs of my 3rd floor appartment! 🙂

  4. I was born and raised in New York. I can’t say I agree with everything, but I guess some people are the way you explained. The theater wow can’t believe assigned seats. You are lucky if you get a seat in NY 🙂

  5. How fun! Great twist on the original article. I love learning about different places and have always been fascinated with both New York and Montreal. I learned something new, too!

    1. hahaha! At least we can laugh at each other! Like people who come in Canada to cross & visit the country in 5 days…. yes it happen 🙂