I am at Parc Jarry

I am at Parc Jarry

Parc Jarry next to Montreal's Little Italy is a true urban gem. Located minutes away from the famous Jean-Talon market, I found Parc Jarry to be one of the most peaceful places I have ever visited. Coming out of Station De Castelnau, there is an easily accessible entrance flanked by a row of bikes for rent (Montreal's public bike system, sponsored by Telus).     Upon entering the park, I took a stroll along its perimeter to find somewhere with shade to sit. As it was a weekend, there were many families at the park doing barbecues, and many people sunbathing in the 29 degrees Celsius heat. I came across this cute gazebo, hidden beneath the bushes! Although it did provide me with the much needed shade, I preferred to find a spot on the grass where I could take my shoes off and get my 'earthing' on - you know, that connect skin with the earth's ground, thing.   My highlight of the park was...
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I am in Chinatown

I am in Chinatown

I found myself strolling through Montreal's Chinatown on a glorious Friday afternoon. I say 'found', but it was a conscious decision. Only a stone's throw away from Downtown Old Montreal, it's locality couldn't be more convenient (Metro: Place-d'Armes). Only in Chinatown will you find shops where anything including dried black moss, duck tongue, tuna eyeball and dragon extracts are sold!  I came across a number of shops selling everything one could possibly desire when thinking of the Chinese culture and traditions. I was especially in awe at the variety of fine china (get it, fine China, no? okay!). Prices were as low as a couple of dollars up to a few hundred dollars for the more exquisite and detailed pieces.    As well as ornament shops, there were a number of shops stocking Chinese cheongsam dresses. These are one-piece figure hugging tops/dresses that were made famous by socialites and upper class women in the 1920s. They symbolise the women's liberation movements and can be made of silk and pearls. I was...
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I am at McGill: Canada's Harvard

I am at McGill: Canada's Harvard

'By work, all things increase and grow' McGill University in Montreal, Canada was founded in 1813. Offering over 300 fields of study, McGill has earned itself recognition amongst elite universities such as Harvard, University of Toronto, Princeton and Yale. Many consider McGill to be a member of the 'Canadian Ivys' due to its age, alumni and research-orientated academia. - A Y - ...
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