One week until I’m off to Chicago. Literally heading straight from my very last exam ever (like seriously ever, officially done uni!!) and to the airport. Its for another tradeshow, KBIS 2012. If anyone is there let me know :) I’ve actually no idea what to explore or see in Chicago yet, been so focused on exams. And I’ve also yet to book my return flight… but it’ll all work out! And as soon as I’m back from Chicago the next day I fly off to Europe with my best friend and to visit my sister. Now I just need to finish these last couple exams with 0 motivation. Doesn’t help that the Canucks playoff run is during exam time.. Been sacrificing study time to watch the games..dont fail me now! Go Canucks Go!
A trip to Montreal before exams? Sure why not! Minus the 20 hours before my psyc exam I stayed up cramming it was the best decision ever.
Alex and I pretty much planned the trip around Bal en Blanc, and for those of you that don’t know, its an insane 15 hour rave with everyone dressed in white. About 15,000 people went, and one of the biggest parties in Montreal. Its probably equivalent to Sensation White which is the white party that goes to different cities in Europe.
This year Steve Angello, Armin were both headlining. The event starts at 9pm until 12 noon the next day on Easter, and then afterwards there’s a day party from 12pm - 1am, so literally the party never stops. But of course there’s no way we could last that long, we managed to survive from about 11pm-8am, and trust me thats pretty good considering we were sober by the end of it. As for the drugs part of it, yah its a rave and pretty much everyone is on something. The security to get in was intense. Empty out everything in our pockets, shoes off (even inspecting the soles), fully patted down and for girls even tugging/lifting the bras to see if anything drops off. And to survive this ridiculous rave I decided to go to my pharmacy the day before my flight to buy some caffeine pills. Yup, wake ups at a rave, thats how I roll ;) Though I didn’t entirely think out my plan, didn’t realize how sketch little pink pills at a rave would look. So I ended up taping a couple pills to my boobs. Hey it worked and I managed to make it through the whole thing!
Bal en Blanc in itself was just ridiculous. 15,000 people drunk, high, everything. And the age range..god there were probably 16 year olds to 60 year olds, not even exaggerating. When we left at 8am people who were double (maybe triple) our age were still rocking it out on the dance floor. And the outfits…oh my god. The things people wore..or didn’t wear. Other than the must wear white, clothing were pretty much optional. itty bitty bikinis are expected, then the ones who completely went nude and just spray painted their bodies. Or little Xs on the boobs and g strings. There were the ones that had crazy bodies which sure go on show off all that hard work. But really if you’re kind of very overweight, sagging boobs, wrinkly all over and a bulging stomach you really shouldn’t be wearing a bikini, especially if you look 50. Some of the costume pics are posted here .
Other than Bal en Blanc, we did do some touristy things. O Noir was an AMAZING dining experience. Basically its a restaurant where you eat in the dark. And when I say dark, its ridiculously dark, where if you put your hand in front of your face you can’t even see it. There are only about 12 of these restaurants in the world!
When we first walked in I was actually kind of freaked out by how pitch black it was. And they hire blind servers as waiter/waitresses. When you walk into the restaurant you have to order at the counter then your waiter comes by, and you put your hand on their shoulder, make a little train and he leads you to the table. Eating in the dark was definitely an experience in itself. You don’t know where your fork and knife was, and when food comes the waiter says stuff like “beside your left shoulder” and you have to go and try and grab it without dropping everything. Through out dinner I kept flicking little bits of food at both Alex’ seeing if they noticed. It was fun not gonna lie. Oh and I basically ate my entire meal with my hands. There’s the option of getting “surprise dishes” so I ordered everything surprise and our waiter made me guess what I was eating at the end of the meal. I ended up with beef tartare for an appy, this pork loin with some kind of veggie puree and mousse for dessert. Yah I even ate the mousse with my hands :) When one of your senses are taken away it definitely heightens your other senses. We depended a lot on our hearing, and at times our waiter thought it’d be funny just to sit next to me randomly and see how long it’d take for us to notice him. He told us a story where some of his friends who were deaf came in, and eating dinner deaf and blind, wow thats just something. I’ve no idea what it would be like to experience two of my senses taken away. He said that there was no way of telling them what the food was and they couldn’t see so basically they just kind of took whatever was given to them and they would give a thumbs up in the dark for the waiter to feel on their shoulders. Just seemed like such an amazing story to me. Another story our waiter told us was, well you know since its completely pitch black and you can’t see anything…people get..creative. (I’m looking at you Sascha!) And he said that people think the waiters don’t know what they’re up to, but they do. And no there aren’t any kind of surveillance cameras or anything like that since people would feel uncomfortable. (god knows what they would see..).
A couple of the other restaurants we went to was Au Pied de Cochon which had amazing foi gras and that’s where I tried duck in a can! Then there was La Banquise for the most famous poutine in Montreal (and perhaps the world?). They had random toppings like chills, chicken, olives, beef, sausages as well as different sauces like a pepper sauce. Open 24 hours and there were huge lines. And speaking of lines, Schwartz at 2pm on a weekend, do not recommend it! A line down the block!! Probably the most famous restaurant in Montreal, and for good reason. Their smoked meat sandwiches were amazing!! Apparently Celine Dion is now an owner. Interesting eh?
All in all, trips before exams, especially Bal en Blanc in Montreal, best times ever!