Probably one of the less pleasant aspects of living in Montreal this time of year is dealing with its roads. Whether you drive, bike, walk or take the bus; they are pretty much always a source of frustration due to their deplorable condition this time of year. The thawing season causes great potholes, sinkholes and cracks big enough to cause serious damage to appear like magic. Every year citizens complain loudly and forcefully about this unacceptable state of affairs. Montrealers pay enough in taxes to be have reliable roads but, alas, such is not the case. There really isn't much you can do about it other than to keep vigilant and contact your local provincial and federal government representative to complain. We deserve better!
Montrealer's religious devotion to their beloved Habs is unquestioned. As an expat, you need to know this. There is no question that you will not receive any sympathy for rooting for your home team, if you are so inclined. Of course, you can do it if you like, just don't expect any patience or understanding. And you should even prepare for some hostility depending on who you are rooting for (NB ex Bostoners!) When it comes to hockey, my best advice to you as a newcomer is if you can't beat'em, join'em. To help you on your way here is the link to their site so you can learn all about our cherished home team. There is probably no faster way to endear yourself to all your new Montreal friends then to start a conversation by declaring your undying love of the Habs! http://canadiens.nhl.com