Montreal Journals

Around the World in 80 Ways, Montreal

A July 2005 trip to Montreal by 80 Ways Tim

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Quote: I'm travelling around the world raising money for charity by using eighty different methods of transport. The near-final leg of my journey was provided free of charge by a CP Ships freighter from Montreal across the Atlantic!

Around the World in 80 Ways, Montreal

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Overview

View from the Bridge  Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Our days revolved around meals. We were woken at half-seven for a breakfast consisting of cereals, fried eggs, and something else on the side. The crew was almost entirely Indian, and so meals were almost entirely Indian as well. It was all good food and never repetitive (you'd be amazed how many different curries there are!). Otherwise, I don't really remember all the best times because I was asleep. Lie-ins and power naps were definitely one of the trip's highlights. Rest and recuperation were the priority after our global mission, and I can think of no better place to get it. There were no distractions, no responsibilities or things to do, and we were completely cut off from the out...Read More

The Canmar Pride

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Story/Tip

Jack Nicolson's Brother? Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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The Canmar Pride is 244 metres long, 32.2 metres wide, weighs 39 thousand tons, and travels at around 21 knots. It is part of CP Ships' fleet, the "first and finest to Europe," a poster in the lounge proclaims. It is carrying some 2,000 crates, a crew of about 20 people, and only two other passengers besides ourselves: Tom and Karl. I eventually ascertain that Karl is German, although when I ask, he simply shrugs and says, "It's complicated." He's in his fifties, with a tanned face and temperament that Thom summed up perfectly with the word 'jolly'. When he smiles, he reveals slightly crooked teeth. One in particular, in the front row, protrudes noticeably beyond the others and gives him this b...Read More

Idle Banter

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Mr Gomes  Photo, Montreal, Quebec
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Our host on board was an older Indian gentleman whom we affectionately referred to as "Mr. Gomes". Whether this was his name or not, I had no idea, but I heard Tom call him that once, and it caught on. He was a thin, wiry man with a thick Indian accent whose serious expression was easily broken by his infectious and genuine cackling laughter. He woke us up in the mornings, cleaned our rooms, and served us our meals. It was at meal times that the four of us—Thom, Tom, Karl, and I—were together as a group. Whether it was Gomes' accent, Tom's accent, a combination of the two, or some amusing quirk resulting from something entirely unknown, I don't know, but conversations between the two of them wer...Read More