Five hours and forty minutes, ninety-seven kpop songs, and a smoked meat sandwich later we are back in Toronto.  And I am exhausted.  I may have to redeem one of the massage tickets Akemi gifted me for Christmas.

Our last full day in Montreal saw us all attend the special Van Gogh exhibition in Old Montreal.




Sadly, the gift shop offered no Starry Night cufflinks, so I went home empty-handed.

Super excited about New Year’s Eve tomorrow.  Throughout my life, it’s a night that has never failed to disappoint.  Even on occasions where I have absolutely no expectations, it still manages to underwhelm.  Except this year.  This year, will be the best New Year’s Eve ever!  I have no doubt because, this year, I’m going to be in bed by 11:00 p.m. and asleep when everyone else will be ushering in the new year.  Let me know how it goes!

I leave you with a few of the videos I snagged at the Arsenal Contemporary Art Museum of Montreal –

13 thoughts on “December 30, 2019: Travel! Art! And BIG New Year’s Eve plans!

  1. Thanks for the update. Very glad to hear you made it home okay.
    Your new years eve plan sounds about right.
    I plan on trying to be sound asleep by 10 pm.

  2. Thank God you made it home safely in the bad weather today!

    I LOVE Vincent Van Gogh. He is one of my favorite artists. Thanks for sharing those awesome pictures and videos above.

    I can predict my New Year’s Eve. It will be nice and quiet until certain people in the neighborhood start shooting off illegal fireworks. Big ones too! I always start the new year hoping my house don’t burn down thanks to idiot jackasses!

  3. My favorite way to spend the new year is to go to bed early on New Year’s Eve and then read a new book from cover to cover on New Year’s Day. Have a happy! Enjoy your rest.

    Thanks for sharing the exhibit. Do you say van-go or van-goff?

  4. So glad to hear that you guys made it back home before the storm. It’s just starting here now, but it looks like it may not be as bad as originally forecast. Some freezing rain is predicted here, which I hate and would rather have just snow anytime.

    That Van Gogh exhibit looks great and I wish I had a chance to go.

    Really kind of a busy holiday here up to this point – just before Christmas, I was in a performance of Handel’s Messiah (which went really great), then I did Christmas dinner for all the relatives in the area which was just shy of 20 people (!), and then right after Christmas went to visit my brother and his family in the Annapolis Valley in NS. So now, for NYE, I’m planning on basically doing the same as you – I may watch a movie and then to bed early(ish).

    All the same, I hope you, Akemi, and the pups have a great new year!

  5. That museum looks wonderful! If I ever get to Montreal, I’ll go see it. I love Van Gogh and have never been to an art museum. Sad but true.

    I’m glad all of you got home safely. Is there a train or alternative transportation to Montreal for next time? How’s your Mom doing with Felix’s passing?

    Yes, your plans for New Year’s Eve celebration is similar to ours. I might go crazy and break out a puzzle. 😉

  6. Bonne Année 2020. Nous préparons la réunion familiale du 2 des 4 garçons de ma maman (90 ans), ses 24 petits-enfants et ses 15 ( ou bientôt 18) arrières-petits-enfants

  7. Sadly, I had to have my sweet girl Basil put to sleep last night. She had been suffering with cancer in her jaw and mouth for a month or so. As she became less able to groom and eat/drink, I knew her time was near. She was one of the best cats I have ever known and feel honored to have had her as family for 10 yrs.
    Basil was a rescue so her age is really unknown, but her soul was old and wise. Full of personalty and quirks, she actually ran this house and bossed around her male companion, Stash (16+ lbs.), with flair.
    I miss her terribly, but know I’ll be with her again. Thankfully Stash and I comfort each other.

    Everyone have a good New Year and be safe, hug those you love and be kind to all.
    =^-^= =^-^=

  8. Joe I have a sci-fi question. How is it possible that going to Montreal it takes 74 kpop songs and yet returning it takes 97? I live half way between Toronto and Montreal and I know the 401 can be a beast, but a whopping 23 kpop song difference??!!

    1. We drove out during a freezing rain warning. It was a much slower drive on the way back.

      Also, we dropped off a friend.

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