The icepack on his arm in the picture above was to heal his body from a long day of MMA (mixed martial arts) training. We went to see one of his (brutal) training sessions and all Joo could say afterwards was, "Alex, why do you do that to yourself???" But for all the external violence in the fights, Alex's personality was just as soft and welcoming as it had been when we first met and it was wonderful to spend an evening catching up. Everyone should have a couple friends in their lives who is completely removed from everyone else in their life... it allows for a wonderful dash of honesty, listening, and growth.
Alex's girlfriend Nuha made us a delicious breakfast spread before heading off to her job where she makes flavored puddings.
With Alex training all day long, we went out to explore Montreal. Aside from the thrift pool shown above, we spent most of our day dodging in and out of shops, based not so much on the contents of the shops but more on when it decided to pour down rain and when it was only cloudy.
Every so often we would stop and Kiwi and I would continue on our Chess marathon (he was winning 4-3 at this point). If you think chess is an exciting game, which you probably do of course, just imagine the thrilling experience Joo was blessed with as she was allowed to watch all of our games!
After a long day of walking around the city (ask Joo about it and she'll quickly point out the fact that I had told her we could finally splurge on public transport for once... and then made us walk all day), we came home and played some video games. Alex had a FIFA soccer game and Kiwi and Joo were still a bit upset at South Korea's loss in the World Cup so we worked hard to reverse the annals of soccer.