Thursday, 30 July 2015


Living abroad means having the crazy idea to leave everything behind in order to start a new life, experience new opportunities, and take advantage of new chances. The impact of living abroad is life changing. However, going abroad is not always a blast, and sometimes throws you into rough waters.

Once the adventure is over and you return “home”, you may come in contact with the following:
  • You realize just how long you’ve been travelling when the WIFI on your phone connects automatically in the airport and on the train, but no longer at home.
  • You are probably a packing-queen or king, as you were able to pack all of your belongings into a suitcase at least twice. Congrats, you should be proud of yourself!
  • As soon as you hear someone mention the name of a country, your mind flashes to a person that you met or know from there.
  • One daily thought: There are so many friends that need to be visited, but where are cheap plane tickets?
  • You realize that it can be an advantage not speaking the native language of a country; suddenly you are granted free-speech in private. Enjoy it; this is a luxury that won’t be possible back home!
  •  Especially if you talk without focusing or thinking, there may be a word or two from a different language that accidentally slips in.
  • It may be hard to keep up with everyone, as they follow a different schedule due to the time difference. Good morning on one side of the world means Good night on the other.
  • One is no longer enough. You have two homes, two groups of friends, two sets of keys, two different currencies, and two cards for the library, bank, and public transportation… 2, 2, 2.
  • You will always miss whatever you do not have at the moment, ranging from food to clothes to friends. The best advice is to enjoy the ones around you, as time flies and you won’t be able to enjoy these things forever. Therefore, live the moment, think about the future and do not waste your time worrying about the past. One day you will hopefully be able to return to the place of your memories and enjoy them again.
  • When you return to your familiar home, everything at first sight looks exactly the same, but with time, you do realize the small changes that took place. Just because you leave, the world does not stop.
  • As everything looks relatively the same as before, you think you remember the way to the cinema or a friend’s house. Yet you may end up getting a little lost, as you have not seen this part of the world for the past few months.
  •  You have experienced so much and have so many stories to tell that you do not even know where to start. Yet you have not even told half of them, others are already annoyed and no longer want to hear about your crazy stories from abroad.
  • Make the best out of the situations you end up in. Your time abroad is not a dream but rather reality. Not everything will be colorful, but it is in your hands, so just take some paint and do your best!
  • Time flies, so seize the moment as a year only has 365 days, 8,760 hours, 525,600 minutes, 31,536,000 seconds!

Written by Anna Kraeftner
Edited by Hannah Cook

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Picnic with LMAC friends

One day, we - Alisa, my host sister, who surprised me with her presence, and I - met up with some of our friends we met at school two to three years ago. In the morning after eating breakfast, we went to the supermarket to buy some food, which we later enjoyed. We met up at the olympic parc metro stop and then walked to the park Maisonneuve, where we were looking for a good spot to sit down for the next few hours. After walking around a little, we spotted the perfect place under a couple of trees, as it was really hot and we, therefore, wanted to enjoy the shade. It was actually remarkable colder in the park than in the city, wow. We ate bread, cheese, grapes, cupcakes, banana bread, and much more. 
It was really nice to chat again with people we have not seen, met and hardly talked to in years. 
So much happened in-between, but what really changed?
I was not able to answer the question yet. 
We all moved on in our lives, changed schools, moved on to college, but how did we all change?
That is a good question! Best of luck for the upcoming time to all of you!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

A day around the Old Port

Old Port

The Old Port in Montréal is a touristic port in Old Montréal going along the St. Lawrence river. 
The French used to trade here back in history. Nowadays, it is a nice place to come, as there will always be something going on. Often during the day, especially in the summer, festivals take place. At some special nights, the Old Port is a good location to look at La Ronde's fireworks. 

Beavertail with chocolate and banana
Whoever knows me better is aware that I am in love with chocolate. So, as Alisa and I hit the food court at the Science center at the Old Port, I did not have to spend a second thinking about which beavertail I will be ordering. Right as I read the menu to chocolate banana, I knew that I will be going for this one. I have not been disappointed with what I received, definitely not. However, I must add that I do consider them difficult to eat, especially the bigger ones, even though they are technically supposed to be the same size and price. We ordered another one a few days later and received one that was only a little bit bigger than half of it, the price remained the same though. It was just a different store. Oh well, at least it was easier to eat! :)


Surprise, surprise!
Guess who is here?
Old Montreal, Place Jaques Cartier

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Montreal Jazz Festival

The Montreal International Jazz Festival takes place yearly in the Quartier de Spectacle around Places des Arts. It lasts for two weeks from the end of June until the middle of July featuring famous and smaller musicians. Admission is free, attracting lots of locals as well as tourist every day, especially in the later hours when more events are going on. 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Bits of Downtown Montreal

Marché Bonsecours has been used for various purposes ranging from a farmers market to a concert theatre, city hall and is now operating as a gallery for art and crafts shops. 

La Ronde is Québec's largest amusement park having numerous of different rides and fireworks at weekends in the summer. 

Eaton Center is a shopping mall and part of Montreal's Underground City, which links multiple Metro stops to malls, cinemas, food courts and exhibitions. One can spend a full day without exiting to any street, as Underground City provides everything one needs. This is especially great for Montréals freezing winter, but also perfect for a raining summer day. 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Rib & Poutinefest

The Great Montréal Rib Fest with the finest Ribbers from Southeastern USA took place from June 27 to July 1 at the Old Port. Multiple competitors portrayed their prizes, both trophies and banners, hoping to attract the visitors. There came from different regions all promoting they make the best meal. It was interesting to watch, even though we only ended up eating some fries. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

View from Mont Royal

Mount Royal is located west of downtown Montreal giving a great view over the city. It is definetly one of the places everyone in Montreal has to see. One can go up by foot, car or even with a public bus. For now, I have only taken the car or motorcycle and never actually walked up.