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    Montreal: unique and wonderful place to be.

    We are very lucky to have this kind of city.

    We have great events all along the year, a lots of different restaurants, beautiful hotels,

    and most of all, we have the HUGE opportunity to be able to discuss in different languages when we are meeting friends or when we're making acquaintances. Let me explain:

    Last year, I had the opportunity to be in a class of well aknowledged people who have travelled, some were from Quebec province, and some other came from different countries all around the world.

    Our lunch break were so cool, we could talk in French, English and Spanish, everyone understand and was choosing the languages he/she was preferring, and we were all able to answer back in the same or different languages. I like the multi-cultural sides of those exchanges.

    That's probably rare in this world we could have this opportunity. I know maybe Switzerland, they have 3 official languages (Italian, French and German). I am not awarded of all the places, but personally, I take it as a chance we could live it here.
    That's very common to exchange in different languages here, mostly in English and French. We understand each others, that's a local fact and original distinction.

    Last edited by Maria Divina; 08-30-2012 at 02:25 PM.

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    Politics aside, Montreal is a city where people, individual citizens, make a go of having different languages and cultures living on top of each other.

    Whatever we think of the govt, there are a lot of Montrealers who know that "live and let live" is the best way to go. I'm glad they do and I like living here -- no matter what the politicians get up to.

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    Montreal does have this bilingual aspect to it, but many cities have similar characteristics. Barcelona shares Catalan and Castillian as everyday languages. In many neighbourhoods of Houston, Los Angeles, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Miami and a few other cities in the USA people interchange Spanish and English, often in mid-sentence. In Brussels, French and Flemish co-exist, along with English, the working language of the EU. Both Russian and Ukrainian are spoken in the streets of Kiev. In Munich and Nuremburg many still speak Bayerisch along with the standard Hoch-Deutsch. French and Arabic are used interchangeably in Casablanca and Rabat. Hebrew, English and Arabic are spoken in Tel Aviv, not to mention Russian. French, English and a local creole (a dialect of French with Spanish and English mixed in) coexist in Port Louis, Mauritius. There are dozens more, if not hundreds, of other examples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maria Divina View Post

    . I know maybe Switzerland, they have 3 official languages (Italian, French and German).
    4 actually

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romansh_language

    The more you nerd.

    Said it before, say it again. Languages just separate people. Things would be better if we stopped spending time and resources on learning other languages and have everyone one agree on one language, the language of Shakespeare. Klingon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnhenrygalt View Post
    Montreal does have this bilingual aspect to it, but many cities have similar characteristics. Barcelona shares Catalan and Castillian as everyday languages. In many neighbourhoods of Houston, Los Angeles, Corpus Christi, El Paso, Miami and a few other cities in the USA people interchange Spanish and English, often in mid-sentence. In Brussels, French and Flemish co-exist, along with English, the working language of the EU. Both Russian and Ukrainian are spoken in the streets of Kiev. In Munich and Nuremburg many still speak Bayerisch along with the standard Hoch-Deutsch. French and Arabic are used interchangeably in Casablanca and Rabat. Hebrew, English and Arabic are spoken in Tel Aviv, not to mention Russian. French, English and a local creole (a dialect of French with Spanish and English mixed in) coexist in Port Louis, Mauritius. There are dozens more, if not hundreds, of other examples.
    Really informative answer, thank you JohnHenryGalt... I should have naturally considered Barcelona, but when I start my thread, cities with this kind of multicultural sides did not pop-up in my mind.

    Barcelona is considerate to be one of the top place to visit in the world. I had the chance to visit and I saw a movie in catalan... I did not understand a word, but that was not the idea of the experience. I was with my cousins, who only talked to me in Spanish, so I imagine they understood perfectly.

    In Miami, people where talking to me right away in Spanish, and after, when I was answering to them a not so perfect Spanish, they thought I was Bresilian because of my French accent, and they have the surprise to discover I was coming from Canada, Quebec... hahaha ... but that's true, this city is multicultural too.

    I did not travel to other places you mentioned, but as I can realize now much more, is the most beautiful and interesting top cities in the world are multicultural.

    Montreal is full of intelligent, creative and welcoming people, curious of others, easy to talk to in the street to others, people here have the "joie-de-vivre" and respect others. Of course, my statement is general, it exists exceptions... but that's the general rules here.

    The rest of Quebec is at the same level for all those qualities, except maybe English is not that present, but the people here are having all those positives attributes in all the areas.
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    I do agree with the lovely Maria that Montreal, in many respects, is a very interesting city. We are blessed here (by this deicitic "here" I mean Montreal because for me "here" may be somewhere else). to have many communities that are livng (almost) peacefully.

    I do like to sit with friends - coming from all around the world - and having a tertulia (spanish term meaning a heated and informative literary or artistic discussion in a cafe or in a botega - a wine bar - (or a boteco in Brazil). We can easily do this in Montreal, switching from English to French, then to Spanish, Italian, Creole and even - for some of my friends Yddish.

    The most pleasant experience I had was in a German Bierstube - the name of the joint is Zur Alten Mühle (At the Old Windmill) which is located in the upper class district of Brooklin, in São Paulo. I remember that one of my good buddy (a Brazilian man with a mixed background himself: Swiss and Bulgarian invited me to drink a couple of chopps (beer) at this joint. I was thrilled to meet his friend because most of them were from German descent either from Brazil or from Argentina and Uruguay. The only "outsider" was my friend GF who was a Baiana with very limited linguistic skills. We spoke all the afternoon switching between German, English, Portuguese and Spanish. (My friend also speak French). It was amazing to feel this sense of cosmopolitanism.

    In Montreal I do like to walk on the streets and hear exotics languages all around me. I remember that one day I was walking on Avenida São João (near the corner of Ipiranga: for those knowing São Paulo this is the emblematic corner where is located the bar Brahma ), near the Confeteira Salada and a (now defunct) porno video shop, when I heard two black men talking French. They were two newly arrived immigrants from Benin. It always funny to hear and to meet French speaking people abroad.


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    Thank you fro this thread Maria! A thread like this one is hearthening before the election day...
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    Thread cleaned.

    You can continue the laguage laws issues in multilingal and bilingal regions here;

    https://merb.cc/vbulletin/showthread...418#post636418

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod 10 View Post
    Thread cleaned.
    Why?? I didn't see any rules broken. Simply several people expressing their personal opinions in regards to the topic at hand. Having different views and opinions is what keeps threads interesting to read. It's the bloodline of all threads on this great board, no?

    Unless you have a bias against people who don't always agree that Montreal is such a 'unique and wonderful place to be', that is......but shouldn't mods keep their personal opinions to themselves when moderating? Just saying.

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    I followed Maria's request. Her thread was made to be an happy one, not turning into debate about languages laws and issues in bilingal regions.

    But the subject it turned out was interesting, so instead of just deleting everything, i moved it in its own thread.

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    Personally speaking, Montreal sucks if it wasn't for the escorts and the rest of the sex business. Okay, there are good restaurants. But i'm not much into eating. The prices are high and taxes higher than anywhere else in Canada. There is only one major professional team in town, the habs....and they finished in last place this past season. I'm not even going to mention the CFL team, nor the soccer team, since i don't consider them big-league and i wouldn't go watch them for free.

    For the life of me, i can't find a Swiss Chalet, Hard Rock Cafe, Wendy's, Pizza Hut or East Side Mario's when i'm in downtown Montreal. Heck, i can't even go to a Hooters to check-out the girls while eating chicken wings. Of course, some of the places i mentionned may be located in one of the suburbs, but still.....can't find them in downtown Montreal. But what i do find year after year is the non-stop, endless construction projects. Montreal should officially adopt orange as it's official color. Whenever i see one of those orange construction when i travel elsewhere across Canada, i think of Montreal.

    What got me to Montreal originally was love. Then when that love came and went, i fell in love with the Expos, who are no more. And later, i fell in love with the stripclubs. And then, i discovered what escorting was all about, and the rest is history.

    Take away the sex business, and there would be no reason for me and many people participating on boards like this one to ever want to come to Montreal. This is a fact.

    To conclude, Montreal is a 'unique and wonderful place to be' for many....but not everyone may agree. There are many other places i'd rather be at that are much cheaper than Montreal. But as i've stated, the women and the sex business keep me coming over and over again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mod 10 View Post
    I followed Maria's request. Her thread was made to be an happy one, not turning into debate about languages laws and issues in bilingal regions.

    But the subject it turned out was interesting, so instead of just deleting everything, i moved it in its own thread.

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    I see. Ok, i respect that. Feel free to delete or move my last post, which was being written while you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    I see. Ok, i respect that. Feel free to delete or move my last post, which was being written while you posted.
    Why should i? I don't consider it off-topic and even if i would, i am not going to delete every signle post that i personnally consider as being off-topic. But when a thread is turning into another subject and has 3 pages of posts related to the new subject, yes i will separate them to respect the original goal of its author and allow the other members that were talking about the new subject in its own thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doc Holliday View Post
    Personally speaking, Montreal sucks if it wasn't for the escorts and the rest of the sex business.
    Dear Doc, there are tons of other interesting things in life than sex, chain restaurants and professional sport teams. To hear what you said, your favored place for food must be that stop on the transcanadian highway in Kingston where you'll find all of your favorite restaurants. Hell add some nice pussy and you've got Doc's paradise!!!

    Come on man, Montreal is a happening city, so many events going on. Lot's of culture, arts, and interesting projects. Last year we had the annual American cheese society congress, with around 1700 cheeses from different places in North America to taste. There's the multicultural aspect too. So many different places to get good food products : markets, ethno grocery stores and butchers, etc...

    And as for restaurants, man, are you serious? Every place you mentionned goes against the true culture of food. Why go to pizza hut when you can find home made pizza made in a wood oven in many restaurants? Oh and if you prefer the greasy type of pizzas, there are tons of it too, and good ones. East side Marios come on, that stuff shouldn't be even called food! I can find you many good italian restaurants, and shitty ones too like East side Marios if you'd like. Montreal has its load of jive places as well. I'd be more than happy if none of those places existed.

    How many microbrews/local homemade brewpubs are there in Montreal? Good quality beer made by people who are passionnate about it and tired of the disgusting commercial beer we've been drilled to drink. Go see the movie beer wars if you don't know what I'm talking about.

    With many bike paths, lots of good coffee places, creative artists, public events, and much more, Montreal has a lot to offer.

    Yes too much construction and traffic as well, it's very annoying, but you gotta have some downside.

    There's much more in life than good pussy and chain restaurants my friend.

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    Love Kingston! Love the city that brought us John A. McDonald, Donald S. Cherry, Doug Gilmour and Captain Kirk Muller, among others.

    Too many criminals in the area, though. But at least the ones they have are all pretty much locked up in the local prisons.

    I've been coming to Mtl for over 25 years, and have experienced pretty much everything that needs to be experienced by a tourist. Basilique Notre-Dame, Oratoire St-Joseph, Jardin Botanique, Vieux Montreal, Jazzfest, GP, etc. But once you've experienced them once, it's enough for me. I need more. Great restos, but since i decided to stop weighing 230-240 lbs a year ago, i crossed restos from my list and would rather buy my own supplies and keep them in my bar fridge. I also find spending time in a resto to be expensive and a total waste of time (unless in the company of a beautiful woman, that is). And as anyone who has met me can attest to, i absolutely hate cheese! I don't mind a bit of it on a pizza, but that's it. So no 'cheese festival' for me!

    Sure, there are other things than sex in life. But i love sex. I love lots and lots and lots of sex! I'm probably a sex addict, and never have enough of it. I like variety. I like blonds, redheads, brunettes, tall ones, shorter ones, small boobs, bigger boobs, tight butts, curvy butts, tanned/darker skin, white skin, etc. I'm fascinated by the female body! I can never have enough of it! I think of sex all the time...i think of all kinds of possible scenarios that might be fun, like getting a few guys together & each calls up a girl and we take turns having fun for a couple of hours! Had a few duos over the years, but i need more!

    So for this guy, sex and more sex is what keeps my engine running.....i'd rather be dead than spend the rest of my life without sex!

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    I find the Quebecois to be really interesting, vibrant people. And yeah, they're all over Quebec, but they're also in Mtl and that's where I happen to be. So for me, as a non-Canadian, that's a big thing about the city and life here.

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