After more than two years in Montreal, I can tell that I’ve learnt a lot about myself. I have gained in confidence as I had to build everything: find a job, an apartment, deal with doctors, health insurance and the worst: visas.
Not only paper work, you have to build a new « nest » and it takes time. You learn how to trust people, to fix an issue by yourself when things are going wrong.
The first year was only a « discovery ». Each season was something seen as a curiosity. Every weekend was new, different, full of surprises. I have barely seen the first year as it was so rich in experiences. Especially for a girl from the South of France – my first winter was something!
Even if Montreal speaks French – well, Quebecois, this new language was fun but sometimes lived as a disruptive element. This new language brings a new culture to learn and it is pretty different from Europe.
The second year was more than a habit, I changed my job but my way to live in Montreal was already established.
I really loved Montreal, that was a perfect transition with Chicago, a human scale city with a lot of outdoor activities and a real cultural life. I would say the atmosphere of Montreal is between an European city and a North American one.
Cécile lives in Chicago though is originally from southern France. She’s an avid traveler and is always excited by new adventures. After living in Ireland, Australia and Canada, Cécile is an advocate of having a routine but not staying comfortable for too long.