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Soccer in Hockey Mecca
When you think of Canadian sports, your mind will go to a landscape that is blanketed with blinding snow. How can anyone survive here? In any Canadian province, you will find people taking to the frozen pond with sticks and skates. In the city of Montreal, ice hockey is religion. So why should anyone think of soccer in a hockey-crazed city? My counter-argument, why not? Subcultures tend to be more fascinating than what is found in the mainstream. Especially if it has the potential to unite people.
The Soccer Pilgrim
16 March 2019. (Kick-off: 12:30h GMT+1) Real Madrid Vs. Celta Vigo It's 10 am, I had landed an hour ago and awaiting to check-in my Airbnb. My mind feels dazed and the effects of jetlag is starting to seep throughout my body. Fortunately, the warm and gentle morning sun is giving me the energy I need. Something that any Montrealer needs in March. The Canadian winter is a distant reality. Game time is soon, I can’t wait to check-in, shower, and make my way to a soccer holy site, the Santiago Bernabeu.