Over the past week, I bounced around North America with visits to Montreal and New York. My screening in Canada was a success, but a highlight of the trip was walking around downtown Montreal, where I said bonjour to every person that I saw (despite the fact that I don’t speak any French) and grabbed a bite at the most delicious croissant place in town.
After spending just a few days in Montreal, I hopped on an overnight bus to NJ on Thursday for a friend’s wedding. Though the trip was eight hours long, it wasn’t all that bad. I had the entire back row (3 seats) to myself and there was decent wireless during the entire ride. The border crossing was pretty interesting, as well. Everyone was forced off the bus to be ‘processed’. I made the mistake of asking an officer what the craziest thing was that he had ever seen at the Canadian border, to which he responded: “Ma’am, this is not the Canadian border. This is the U.S. border and it’d be best for you to remember that.” Oh, well. I was quickly allowed into the country and though I was pleased not to be detained, it probably would have made for a better story. 🙂
The wedding on Sunday was a blast. The married couple was adorable and snuck in kisses wherever they could (quite the accomplishment at an Orthodox wedding). At Jewish weddings, it is customary to entertain the bride and groom in the silliest ways. This is called shtick. One guy thought that it would be fun to dance while sitting on a girl’s shoulders. He asked a friend to give him a lift and she responded that she wasn’t strong enough, but that I could probably handle him. Moments later, I found myself kneeling down. The guy jumped on my shoulders, we danced around for the couple and then I lowered him. “Hey, I’m Ayo!” “Hey, I’m Josh. Nice to meet you!” A funny introduction.
More to come on fun experiences from this past week.
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