I have lived in different cities. Each one represents a different part of me. Montréal is definitely the woman in me who decided to forget about social expectations on how a “good girl” should behave. Montréal is the place where I decided to create my rule, who I should love, what kind of job I should have, and say F*** you to this non-verbal attitude that assumes that life is about ticking boxes.
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My heart skips a beat when I see the cobblestone streets light up at night. I love the sounds of music blaring from Place des Arts in the summertime. And nothing quite compares to the endless restaurants just waiting to satisfy my taste buds. Montreal is one hell of a city.
And like all great affairs, it takes a certain commit to staying in love.
It’s easy to point out what isn’t working; poor infrastructure, corrupt government and ridiculously high taxes. But being the lover that I am, I choose to focus on what I appreciate – the many qualities of la belle ville that absolutely make my heart swirl. Like the gorgeous (and affordable) real estate, the juxtaposition of old and new architecture, the coolest coffee shops, colorful graffiti walls and the air of laissez-faire that lingers in the streets.
And over time, I’ve also learned to genuinely appreciate Montreal’s four distinct seasons. Winter’s so beautiful here! The Old Port feels enchanted with drizzled snow everywhere, outdoor skating rinks and buildings wrapped in lights. Then comes Spring. All the ladies start baring their legs and the men go crazy! Hilarious, but true. The feeling of excitement and anticipation is palpable – everyone’s looking forward to the summer! Because like anyone who’s lived in or visited Montreal knows, summers here are the best. We have countless festivals, food trucks, street fairs, patios and rooftop parties. We have Mont Royal mountain and tam tams in the park. And then, of course, the buzz of Formula One come June. The city is flooded with celebrities and everyone’s out to have a great time. Then finally, we have Fall. By far the most picturesque season of all. The colorful leaves that line the streets and the cozy fashion are the perfect compliments to a warm coffee and romantic stroll.
I’m still able to look at Montreal with the same fresh eyes that I did when I moved here 7 years ago. I can so clearly remember the butterflies I felt when it sank in that this was my new home – and I’m often able to take myself back to this feeling of when we “first met”.
My promise to myself and my city is that for as long as I’m here, I’ll continue to explore what Montreal has to offer through its music, festivals, gardens, culinary experiences, and art. I’m giddy at the thought that there’s still so much more to taste, smell, see, hear and touch. And whether I live here for the rest of my days or wander off to new territories, I will always love Montreal.
Diana Eskander is the founder of Ask Diana. A Love Coach with a conscious approach, she helps her clients create the love they want. Diana is a dreamer, thinker, and creator – you can catch her with a warm cup of coffee in one hand and a notebook full of ideas in the other.