Has your significant other ever asked you if you could go somewhere for the weekend or even the day and you make the commitment to do it, before working out any of the details? That was me on Saturday afternoon, when I told my girlfriend we could take the train to Montreal that night, spend the day there Sunday and head back very late Sunday night or early Monday morning.
We were tight for time catching the train because I was busy with work into the afternoon, so we met at the train station and were heading for Montreal with bags packed but no hotel booked.
My first hotel choices were all downtown, near the old port. After the third hotel told us they had no rooms available, we began asking if someone was going on in Montreal this weekend and found out there were at least three significant events underway.
After the fifteen hotel employee told me they were sold out, after we’d entered Quebec on the train, I finally was able to get a hotel by the Université de Montréal. It was not my first choice (in fact it was my sixteenth!) but I am happy to report we found a place to spend the night and am looking forward to an enjoyable day of playing tourist before heading back to Toronto where meetings await me Monday morning.