This trip was conceived sometime last year. I had enjoyed Montreal so much the last time around I wanted to come back with my daughter.
This trip was to be taken around my spring break. I wasn't particularly looking to do anything just venture about the city on a father-daughter trip and let the adventure unfold.
When I formulated this trip I thought it would be warmer then it turned out to be, but that didn't stop me from going through with it.
As the week of my spring break neared some recent serious medical news involving my abuela came about. In my life she is one of my greatest sources of inspiration. She is an enduring, positive, fun loving women. As I've learned more about her history throughout the years I have an undeniable respect for what she has been through.
Lucky for me my abuela is also one with the explorer spirit. She has traveled her fair share across the country and her home country of Guatemala (and not in the touristy way). Under the circumstances I really wanted for her to get out of her place and come join us on this trip.
Let's just say she was not reluctant in the slightest!
We set out for Montreal for a three day getaway. We rented a vehicle and drove up through beautiful New England. This drive served as a great opportunity to talk with her. We discussed a variety of topics, but I am always interested in her life, so much of the discussion focused around that.
After 5 hours on the road I found myself back in Montreal under much different circumstances. The weather was pretty lousy, It was cold in New England, but it was COLD in Montreal !
The days spent in the cold city were explored mostly by underground. The few instances we were outdoors we didn't stay out too long.
The Small Things
I like to enjoy and appreciate the small things in life. On this trip I knew that even if I wasn't living it up like the last time, I would find that special something that would make this trip unique.
For me that special something came in the form of reactions. My abuela fell in love with the city and kept marveling at its beauty. My daughter on the other hand enjoyed the subway rides & jumping on the hotel beds (almost non-stop).
This trip served as a great bonding experience with someone I care for deeply. This medical scare really put things in perspective.
Personally I've never experienced the loss of a close loved one. The thought of losing my abuela becomes more real as time progresses, and I try and wrap my head around this fact.
My abuela knows where my passions lie and supports them fully. This experience was one for the memory books. It was not crazy, wild or adventurous, but it was exactly what it needed to be.
A great time spent with two very special ladies in my life. Both of who have and always will be great influences in my life.