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Way back home

Currently hogging two seats on the bus on the way back to Toronto from Montreal. Tried to upload a video before but its just not working. Oh, the videos i took on my crappy phone camera are too bad  quality to be watched anyway.
So yeah, back to work tomorrow and Wednesday and Thursday, and then koko is coming over Thursday night. Hmmm haven’t told him that hanee is the one that’s going to be picking him up at pearson yet. Ill try and talk to him soon. Or if you’re reading this then i guess i won’t have to!
I guess the next week is going to be a big week, heading to niagara falls on the Friday i believe..
Plus, i haven’t really decided yet, but this girl came by the apartment just before i left for Montreal to let me know that’s she’s moving out due to a family emergency. Haven’t had a chance to look at her place yet, but the rent isn’t that much higher.. if its a nice room ( and apparently its got a big window) then i might actually think about it. Ill check out the place first i guess.
Anyway so yeah, Montreal’s done, it was heaps of fun and really interesting! Montrealeans have quite an awesome culture that’s for sure.

Thanks again Thomas and Francois for hosting me and jack while in Montreal! We’re really grateful anxiety hope to repay you somehow someday. Salut!

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Couchsurfing is still awesome

Met our couchsurfer safely, at bonaventure station. He and his girlfriend took us to the local beer festival, and it was great fun!

We tried some random beers, either made from mushrooms or hibiscus, or other random stuff. There was this ginger one that actually tasted quite like ginger, it was kinda weird.

The flat we’re in now is really quite nice, three bedrooms shared between two guys and they only pay three hundred bucks each for rent! Seems unbelievable.

So all three, Thomas, his girlfriend and flatmate are all musicians by the way. They play jazz guitar, the violin and the bass respectively.. how cool is that? These guys are cool as heck.

Anyway, looking forward to checking out more places in Montreal tomorrow! Old port, botanical gardens and maybe mcgill university here we come!

Also, crèpes tomorrow for breakfast! Maple syruppppppp

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St. Clarens – my home for the month

So I finally got out of the Downtown backpackers inn, and into the homestay which I will be at for the month. The place is miles different from what I’ve been staying at before… Downtowner was really a pain in the butt to live in.

..Review time!
Pros: Bed to sleep in for the night, kitchen (though I didn’t really use it much), dubstep posters on the wall, half the time the people I stayed with were cool and fun to talk to.
Cons: The other half, seriously squeaky dorm bed frames, half the bathroom missing, no hot water for the first three nights, no internet (well, there was but the router didn’t work), really weird mattress, unidentified plastic bag with green stuff that noone dared to touch.

So, quite glad to be away from it, all in all. Hope the people I met and exchanged contact details contact me though! Anyway, after a serious mission to lug all my stuff to the homestay, one can suppose I am now Established. Similar to a canine marking its territory in pee – I’ve sniffed and prodded every nook and cranny in the basement that I’m staying in for some hint of potential trouble. But it all checked out, for now anyway.

Now, I say basement, but its really a separate room and is quite comfortable. Heres a sneak preview:

My bed

..hit the jump for more in-depth photo coverage. (so it doesn’t take a billion years to load this blog.. im learning!)

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So I’m kind of in the middle of three choices right now.

Option one: $500 per month. Requires me to take the subway ($3 each trip). Live with a South American married couple. Okay with rent until january, february. Furnished. No living room, shared kitchen and bathroom. First and Last.

Option two: $770 for ONE month, Food INCLUDED. Requires subway trip. Live with a South American family and two other ESL students. Well Furnished, great house, nice rooms, very spacious. Bathroom to myself. Upfront Payment.

Option three: Keep looking.

Will visit one more place today in central, $500 p/m, unsure if he’s okay with my job-hunting situation.

Decisions tonight!! Leaning towards homestay out of the above two options, as it gives me time to look for a job and time to look for a 1 Oct lease. Want to talk to parents (!!) but wifi at the hostel is having problems and now it’s too late in NZ. At a starbucks now – will be slurping my frap at a snail’s pace haha. Guess i’ll decide by myself. Let me know what you think, if you can.

Later Alligator

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Boiling Hot Thunderstormy Tornadoes

Hello Hello! Currently Im at the Starbucks along Yonge / College St. waiting for Hanee and chatting, looking for jobs and just generally updating!

Its boiling hot at the moment outside, i very nearly died trying to move my luggage from the lockers at the bus station of Bay & Dundas to the backpackers haha. I have my umbrella though because apparantly there’s a tornado storm warning for Toronto at some point in the present/future. Yesterday however, was a party of rain showers, thunderstorms and lightning flashes – You’d almost think you were at a strobe-light party! The weather here seems to be very undecisive and all over the place.

Anyway- No flat whites. No roundabouts. They drive on the wrong side. Paying for stuff here is weird – eg. when you see something on the shelf for 20 bucks, you’re gonna end up paying more about $27 / $30 bucks, minus tips.

Weirder are cell phone plans… so here you gotta pay for everything. like EVERYTHING. A standard Roger’s plan (not really much prepay here) is like $10 service fee – $10 unlimited calling within CA $7 texting, $5 for Caller ID, and little charges for stull like call forwarding, voicemail, call waiting, group calling. Its bullshittt. And did i mention you have to pay for receiving calls and texts as well?
So whatever that amounts to, add govt. service tax, and round it upwards about 10 – 15 bucks and there you have it. Strange.
(Mel if youre reading this and get deja-vu, forgive me)

News of the flat-hunt: First place I saw was a total stunner. Underground room with space for a queen bed, no windows, smelt slightly of urine, beside a yoga room.

Second place was.. okay, nothing much to say.

Third place was a couple of subway stops away, not too far from town, would be living with a South American husband and wife. I told him that I’d call him back this evening after i’ve checked out a couple more places today.

Today, Im gonna check out a homestay that i’d found – the lady hosts quite often and id only stay for a month. Which I reckon is quite good for me as It’d give me proper time and a base in which to find a job. As well as time to look for a possible Oct 1st place to live! So hopefully that will turn out well… details later!

Im just waiting for pictures to upload,,, la la lalala humming to starbucks music…

..thanks Kazu for seeing me off at the airport!!

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