Montreal, Canada
Alexanne, 28
Front-End Web Developer
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a bit about Alexanne

What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a freelancer, I'm doing front-end web development. I decided in 2017 to quit my job to be a full-time freelancer and to live a more nomadic lifestyle. I love to travel, but I love my job too, so that seemed a great compromise to me :) I regret nothing, I discovered a great digital nomad community that shares the same values as me.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?

I never had a really bad job, but I think I would answer McDonald's. It was my first job. I didn't hate it, but I couldn't work there for more than 2 years. It was really strict and the schedule was quite bad because it was open 24/7.

Were you born and raised in Montreal? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Montreal?

I've been living in Montreal for 3 years now. I grew up in a small town 3 hours drive from Montreal called Thetford Mines (don't be ashamed if you never heard of it haha). I moved to Montreal for a job, and I stayed for the culture and the diversity.

What’s your current hood in Montreal and what’s the best/worst thing about it?

St-Henri is THE BEST HOOD in Montreal. It's been a poor neighbourhood for a long time, but right now it is becoming more and more popular. The advantages? Nice trendy cafés and restaurants. The worst part? People that lived in St-Henri for years can't afford rent anymore and are forced to move :(

What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?

I'm kind of a nostalgic person. I love punk-rock from the 2000's and old rock from the 80's - 90's. I listen to some indie too, and great local bands too! I hate country music (sorry).

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Never happened to me (yet). I guess I would listen some emo depressive playlists on Spotify since I don't have my old iPod from my teenage years #2000sTeen.

Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?

Game of Thrones, of course. I loved How I Met Your Mother and Friends too. Aaaand South Park.

Name some spots in Montreal that are good for a Tinder date.

Shit, I have no idea what it's like to have a Tinder date. But I guess going to a café (during the day) or a bar (during the night) would be a win.

Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).

Sorry USA, but I'd like to see your president Trump roasted.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I buy most of my clothes online from local designers. My favorites are : Mimi and August, Poches et Fils, PONY, Ki Fait Main, Stay Home Club, Dailystory ... You should check those out!

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Festivals! During summer, Montreal has a lot of really great festivals, but I don't know why I always have something planned out of town.

Where do you go in Montreal for a casual night out?

Montreal has a lot of cool local breweries, so this is where I go to hang out with friends :) I love to try new restaurants too. Fun fact: Montreal has the highest number of restaurants per capita in Canada and the second highest in North America after New York City.

Where would you go in Montreal to celebrate some freaking good news?

I would sing and dance all night long at 2 Pierrots for sure!

What’s your choice of transportation in Montreal and why?

Montreal has a ton of options to get around easily. I usually bike or walk (try the BIXI!), or I take the metro and the bus too if my destination is too far or the weather is too bad. I occasionally use Uber and Teo Taxi too.

What are the Montreal spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Of course it is cliché, but the Old Port is truly beautiful to see. It is filled with history and great architecture, its worth an afternoon. If you are in Montreal on Sundays during summer you HAVE to attend the «Tam-tams» at Parc du Mont-Royal. Every Sunday, people gather together and play percussions (tam-tams, mostly, duh!). The park is filled with musicians, students, families and hippies relaxing in the sun or drinking a bottle of wine (not supposed to be legal, but anyways..) The vibe is really cool.

What are the Montreal spots tourists should run from screaming?

As I said, the Old Port is a really nice place. But really touristic too. Don't shop these «Souvenirs» shops where they sell overpriced stuff... And don't believe all these «Best poutine in town» signs, the best ones aren't in Old Port! And please please please, don't take these horse-drawn carriages. These horses are exploited, there's a big debate in Montreal around this right now.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Montreal. How do you spend it?

Crying. And going to all my favorite restaurants/cafés for the last time saying bye to everyone. And then going to all my favorite bars to get wasted with friends for one last time.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

Wow that's a tough one... I have a lot of favorite cities all over the world, but for vacation, I think I would answer Lagos, Portugal.

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