Today I reached a milestone: I attended my 100th festival, Weekends du Monde at Parc Jean-Drapeau! It was a perfect day surrounded by thousands of beautiful people of all ages. The light was phenomenal the entire time, I couldn’t have wished for anything better. I trekked relentlessly through the beauties of Colombia, Trinidad, and Cuba, and even stopped by a little ristorante in Italy for a delicious slice of pizza. In the end, an entire roll of film was shot, each frame capturing the beauty of the many moments that presented themselves to me, moments that have now become memories in my mind and those that shared them with me, now forever frozen in time through the photographs that lay undeveloped in my camera.
When I began this project 4 ½ months ago I had no idea where it would take me, nor did I imagine I would experience so much in so short an amount of time. I have seen movies and theatre pieces that under normal circumstances I would never have considered, I have tasted new foods and drinks, I have danced in the streets with total strangers, and I even had my hand at pouring a hideous example of latte art during a demonstration for a coffee festival. In short, I have managed to travel the world without even stepping out of the city. I have been overwhelmed, tired, sore, sun burnt, and frozen solid, but I wouldn’t trade any of it. I am constantly in awe of the incredible amount of creativity that exists not just in Montreal, but the world over, and I know I’ve barely scraped the tip of the iceberg.
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