Monday, September 22, 2008

The South African who went up a hill and came down... a hill?

So, Sunday was see-Montreal day with Neil. A friend of his loaned us his bike, so we were able to cycle around town. Montreal has some great cycle lanes - unlike Cambridge, where it's usually just a demarkated cycle lane, these are actually separate to the road, blocked off by a concrete ridge so that motorists can't park in the cycle lane or cut you off or anything (and you don't have to share it with pedestrians either).

Montreal is named after the local "mountain", Mont Royal. which Wikipedia tells me stands at a whopping 233m above sea level. It's covered in trees and has a very pleasant gravel road that winds its way gently up, which we spent some time going up (on our bicycles), and of course going down. I'll post some pictures when I get the motivation to get them off my camera.

Today until Friday is basically meetings, so I won't have much more to post for a while.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pass the fish, it's raining frogs!

Yes, it's another Bruce update! Hasn't happened for a long time, because frankly I haven't done much terribly exciting for a while. Ok, Mike and Carl both came to visit and went punting, but since nobody fell in I didn't make another post (it was close though - Mike nearly lost a right-of-way argument with a bridge, and during a collision Carl fell forward and managed to gets his hands down onto the other punt and push himself back up again).

So, as usual, the update is because I'm travelling. This time it is to Montreal. It's my first business trip, so I'm enjoying being able to use taxis and hotels and so on rather than trying to penny-pinch - in fact I was slightly offended that the room wifi appears to be free :-). Of course, the downside is that I'm not going to see much of the predicted sunny days here since I'll be sitting in meetings. But tomorrow I'm going to meet Neil, a friend studying at McGill, so it's not all bad.

Right, now my body thinks it's 1am, so I'm going to bed. Good night.