Adieu, Montreal.

Well, all the people who know me now know that we decided to and have moved back to Chicago. In some regards it was not an easy decision while at the same time it was an easy decision. Life changes like that can be complex and considering a choice between two great cities and locales is not simple. I could rattle off all the pros and cons of the move along with the variety of reasons to justify it, but it really boiled down to happiness. Stepping back from it all, we looked and said that we feel that we will be happier in one place more than the other and that it is the right thing for us to do as a family. If you really want to hear about everything involved including all the logistics, I suggest you go to my new blog that I have used to document the process and our thoughts. It is appropriately called “The Prodigal Chicagoan”.

As I said this was not a referendum on Montreal. We love Montreal and loved living there. It is a city that offers big city culture with many conveniences of a smaller town. Plus it has easier access to nature and nearby mountains. I ran into difficulties living there, but that might not happen to everyone. We had a great time in Montreal with many memories. We have grown as people and have gained experience while living there which will make us stronger people than if we had not lived there. We have made some great friends who I expect to keep throughout my life. Almost all of whom I met through the creation of this blog.

Some might ask if we would move back to Montreal. It’s a hard question to answer right now since we are in the honeymoon phase of our time in Chicago. Plus many of my difficulties were rectified with the move. If those difficulties were no longer there, I would say from a personal stand point that it would still be hard only because our return has shown how deep our root are in Chicago despite 10 years away. If the difficulties I experienced in Montreal were gone and my roots in Chicago were not a factor, then yes I would return.

Given the fairly winding road my life has taken me, I have learned to never say never. Life changes and sometimes takes you in directions you never would have expected. When I was young I thought I would live my whole life in Chicago, but life has taken me to Europe and Montreal and there were possible side trips to Asia and the Caribbean that didn’t materialize. So for now this is Adieu, Montreal. We will still see you often to visit family and friends. We shall see if our paths cross again in the future.

BTW, a post on the formal closing of this blog will happen in the near future. So this is not a final good-bye from this blog.


~ by Frank on January 11, 2014.

4 Responses to “Adieu, Montreal.”

  1. Hi Frank,
    We were in Versailles together. Let me know if you guys are in Chicago- I may need to hire you for some structural work.

  2. Hi Frank,

    I am a structural engineer as well. Although I am from the Dominican Republic, my structures experience has been in the U.S. (Las Vegas and Seattle). I am on my final phase of the immigration process towards obtaining my canadian permanent residence (hopefully before the year ends). I am hoping to move to Montreal, and would like to know if there are any structural engineering firms that I could look into (including yours maybe). Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Hello; I am a former American who emigrated here in 1975 (I spoke French prior to arriving and required mostly just an accent adjustment). Writing this in January 2017, I wonder what you think of Chicago & the Disunited States of America v. Montreal and Canada now? I, unlike you, could never see myself returning to the USA, despite having grown up in one of its most progressive places…The violence, racial conflict, distrust, lack of social solidarity and commercialism there is palpable. I believe that Chicago has had 700 murders in 2016…Montreal with over half its population has had under 30.

    • Thank you for your comment. Yes, we have thought about the state of things. But the reality is that this is a very large country and Chicago is a very large city. Plus the news covers the newsworthy items which can be in contrast to the daily mundane activities. I did quite a bit of traveling across the nation this past year and did not encounter any of what is covered in the news. And the same applies to the violence in Chicago. The violence is concentrated on the south and west sides. The north side is quite similar to the Mile End neighborhood in Montreal. And for us, our lives are currently still much better than our life in Montreal, both professionally and personally.

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