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Thursday, October 7, 2021

I am now in New Brunswick!

And Internet is working :-)

I arrived in New Brunswick earlier today. No one was waiting for us at the Quebec-New Brunswick border. I guess that New Brunswick's Travel Registration Program hasn't started yet. We were ready anyway. We had our registration numbers, I had printed the form for the 3 of us before leaving. It was however quite stressful because we knew that if the registration program was on, we would have several hours to wait at the Quebec-New Brunswick border. Today, we didn't have to stop, so we were quite released. COVID cases are going up in New Brunswick so I guess that New Brunswick's Travel Registration Program will probably start pretty soon.

I was heavily pack, like expected. In Montreal, my apartment is on the second floor. The most difficult part of the trip was to take down all of my luggage by myself downstairs. Following what, I call a taxi, which arrived quite quickly and I went directly to the Beri-UQAM bus station. I was an hour early, but that's ok. When I leave early in the morning like that, I am always scared not to be able to catch a taxi. I always call Taxi Diamond, and I never had a problem with them. I am always scared for nothing. I am not a fan of Uber and I never their services. In Montreal, Taxi Diamond is the best in my opinion. 

I took the bus Montreal-Ste-Foy, and Ste-Foy to Rivière-du-Loup. Luckily, there was no bus transfer. Its actually the driver who switch bus, and not the passengers. I think it's their way of doing things now. It was also like that last time, when I traveled to New Brunswick just a few weeks back. One of the reasons why I decided to move to New Brunswick for the next couple of months is to make my life easier. I always traveled to New Brunswick for both Christmas and Easter. Now that I will be in New Brunswick for the next couple of months, I won't have to travel. I really dislike traveling during the winter.

By staying in New Brunswick and without doing my usual back and ford between Montreal-New Brunswick, I am preserving myself - and my family - from COVID. Traveling by bus is not super expensive, but staying in New Brunswick will help me save some money. Also, I like the change of scenery. I actually like the idea to spend winter and the biggest part of spring in New Brunswick, and the summer in Montreal. My winter clothes will be in New Brunswick, and my summer clothes in Montreal. My idea would be to live like this for the next couple of years. I would probably come again to New Brunswick for a summer vacation because summer is too fun in New Brunswick. But Montreal is also super fun during the summer. Who said I couldn't have both? :-)

Before leaving Montreal, I call the insurance for tenants that I have, explaining I was leaving my apartment for a few months. Fact that I am not living in my apartment doesn't increase the cost of the insurance. They simply left a note in my account. They also ask if I was renting my apartment while not being there, but it won't be the case. The night before my departure, I also call Videotron. I have both my Internet and TV with them. I explained I was going away for a few months, actually until the end of April. I wanted them to lower my invoice, and they did just that! It was actually better than I expected. They have what they name in French a "suspension saisonnière", which I may translate by something like "seasonal services suspension". At Videotron, it's something you can request max one time per year, for a maximum period of 6 months in a row. You pay something like $49 one time and for the next 6 months, the bill will be $0. This is super helpful and I was really happy to receive that service suspension. I guess that service is probably popular among Snowbirds who spend winter in Florida. In my case, I am going to spend winter in New Brunswick in the cold, but it's going to be fun anyway.

Here's what I got today as the sunset. Not bad, isn't it? 

I quickly check over National Bank, and at least one investment haven't arrived yet inside my newest account transferred, my non-registered Canadian margin. As for the amount of margin debt they had entered, it is accurate. Too bad they forgot not to erase it. :)


Anonymous said...

I am surprised you keep apartment for 7 months without being in it. But, I don't know what it is like to rent on Montroyal.

Sunny said...

My rent is not that expensive. And I only pay rent in Montreal. I don't pay rent while being in New Brunswick.


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