The summer brought a bit of an existential and creative crisis, and the wanderlust that’s always buzzing in the back of my mind got overwhelming. I really needed to be someplace else, preferably someplace unfamiliar, utterly on my own, for just a few days. Montréal seemed ideal---affordable, just different enough to get me out of my rut, and close enough that a weekend trip made sense.
Almost immediately after booking my fall trip, I realized that I needed to get a new suitcase.
Research was in order.