Well its been about a month and a half now since arriving in Montreal. While I’ve never lived in Montreal, the experience is both familiar and new. I guess the familiar parts are the weather, sounds, and scents almost like being in l’Esterel.

And while I have family in and around Montreal, I’m having trouble adjusting my ear to the the Quebecois accent, even though I’ve heard my mother, aunts, uncles, and cousins speak often over the years. The heavier accented Quebecois sounds so different from the French that I’ve been used to these past 16 years, sort of like how the Australians sound so different from the British even though they speak English. It’ll take a little getting used to.