1 Nov 2006
(updated 1 Nov 2006 at 07:37 UTC) »
I just spent a delightful weekend with slatepelican in
Montréal. We walked around in the ridiculously cold
and wet but
oh-so-Montréal weather, ate ridiculous quantities of
unhealthy food and saw some friends. So it was a great time.
But I found it a little odd being back. I remember when I
Montréal I thought it was such a big, modern city.
And of course
it still is a big, modern city. But after New York I feel
somehow, because the wonder was lost on me this time. Or if
it was at least different. This time Montréal felt
like a small,
quaint town. Which is not really a bad thing; in some ways
Montréal's going for. But I was somewhat stunned with
Nickel and Diming
In Montréal, slatepelican
and I stayed
in a fancy
hotel. The room was
very nice, and we enjoyed it a lot.
However, they charged ridiculously for lots of things.
Access to the
Internets, for example, would set you back $15 per day. The
water in the room: $8.
Now I find myself in a somewhat less fancy (but still quite
in Palo Alto. Fast Internet is included in the room, and the
water is free.
I had a
similar experience in Seoul. We stayed at a hostel for a few
and then moved to a fancy hotel. The hostel had free
lots of channels on TV (including a Starcraft channel!) and
but free breakfast. The fancy hotel had neither free
free breakfast, and had a downright awful selection on TV.
Why is it that when you pay more for a place to stay, you
In both these cases it is true that the more expensive
better location and better accomodation, but on the other
already is a price premium, so the nickel and diming seems
Random (potentially NY-related) Tangent
Ok, what is it with the giant sunglasses, people? The
calling and asking if we got the memo that giant freakin'
ugly. That is all.