C'est moi! Photography by Paul Hicks.

C’est moi! Photography by Paul Hicks.

Bonjour, hello! That’s a common greeting here in Montreal, one of the most bilingual cities in the world. I’m still working on the bilingual thing … vastly improving my bad French was one of the reasons why I made the move from Melbourne, Australia to Montreal, Canada in 2012. Or should I say Montreal, Quebec, because most of the time I don’t feel like I’m in Canada. Quebec, particularly once you get out of Montreal, is in many ways a distinct society quite different to English-speaking Canada – so different that many in the province want to become a separate nation. This blog is an exploration of what makes Quebec unique, what makes it frustrating, surprising, inspiring, bizarre and remarkably different from my old life back in Melbourne. I hope you’ll join me on the journey from time to time.

Currently, this blog’s main image is the George-Étienne Cartier monument at the foot of Mont Royal in winter. Oh, and “zut alors”? It’s an expression of surprise, something like gosh or darn. You’re right, I’m not out to shock anyone here …

Anyway, my name’s Patricia Maunder. I’m a professional writer; check out my website.

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