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    Canada Trip Part 5: Quebec City, Canada

    After enjoying a week in Montreal, we hit the road for a few hours to travel further north and east to Quebec City. The drive between Montreal and Quebec City is really easy since the entire route is all freeway and well signed for motorists. We arrived at our apartment for the week and met the owner who gave us the grand tour of his two bedroom corner unit. While the owner was with us in the apartment, I didn’t notice anything odd about the place but Mrs. Root of Good certainly did. I’ll skip that part of the story for now though.

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    Canada Trip Part 4: Sightseeing in Montreal, Canada

    Montreal is well suited to sightseeing by car, on foot, by bike, or by transit. The subway runs through the metro area and bus routes were plentiful as well. We ended up driving everywhere partly because transit fares add up quickly for a family of five, and partly because it was more convenient for us with young children to take the car. If we flew in to Montreal, I doubt we would have rented a car and we could have made do with the excellent public transit.

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    Root of Good Interview On The Voluntary Life Podcast

    A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down (virtually) with Jake Desyllas and discuss the financial moves and life decisions that put me in a position to retire by age 33. Jake runs The Voluntary Life podcast, which features over 160 podcasts recorded to date that cover entrepreneurship, financial independence, and freedom among other topics.

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    Canada Trip Part 3: Getting Settled in Montreal, Canada

    We stayed in Montreal for eight days and spent a lot of time seeing all that Montreal has to offer. We rented a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal. The apartment was located on Rue Fullum between Rue Rachel and Rue Sherbrooke in an apartment building that housed around 20 other apartments.

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    July 2014 Financial Update

    I’ve been expecting a stock market dip for most of the year and it finally arrived in July. So what, right? We were left with a little bit less in the investment portfolio (if losing $19,000 is “a little”). But life is still very good for this particular early retiree. In July, we spent a bunch of money and made even more than we spent.

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    Canada Trip Part 2: New York City to Montreal, Canada

    Mrs. RootofGood and I have visited the Big Apple in the past, but our kids have not.  On our first day in NYC we had lunch plans with Mrs. RoG’s coworker around noon, and we wanted to visit her firm’s equities trading floor before the markets closed, so we decided to drive into midtown Manhattan and park somewhere close so we could ensure our timely arrival.  The tunnel toll from our hotel plus parking all day in Midtown was $30 – about the same as transit fares from the hotel into NYC and then MTA transit fares for the subway in NYC.  Parking in NYC is expensive, but so are transit fares for a family of five.

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Canada Trip Part 5: Quebec City, Canada

city-wall-quebec

After enjoying a week in Montreal, we hit the road for a few hours to travel further north and east to Quebec City. The drive between Montreal and Quebec City is really easy since the entire route is all freeway and well signed for motorists. We arrived at our apartment for the week and met the owner who gave us the grand tour of his two bedroom corner unit. While the owner was with us in the apartment, I didn’t notice anything odd about the place but Mrs. Root of Good certainly did. I’ll skip that part of the story for now though.

Read more

Canada Trip Part 4: Sightseeing in Montreal, Canada

jardin-botanique-chinese-1

Montreal is well suited to sightseeing by car, on foot, by bike, or by transit. The subway runs through the metro area and bus routes were plentiful as well. We ended up driving everywhere partly because transit fares add up quickly for a family of five, and partly because it was more convenient for us with young children to take the car. If we flew in to Montreal, I doubt we would have rented a car and we could have made do with the excellent public transit.

Read more

Root of Good Interview On The Voluntary Life Podcast

Sharks

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down (virtually) with Jake Desyllas and discuss the financial moves and life decisions that put me in a position to retire by age 33. Jake runs The Voluntary Life podcast, which features over 160 podcasts recorded to date that cover entrepreneurship, financial independence, and freedom among other topics.

Read more

Canada Trip Part 3: Getting Settled in Montreal, Canada

airbnb-montreal

We stayed in Montreal for eight days and spent a lot of time seeing all that Montreal has to offer. We rented a two bedroom, one bathroom apartment in the Plateau neighborhood of Montreal. The apartment was located on Rue Fullum between Rue Rachel and Rue Sherbrooke in an apartment building that housed around 20 other apartments.

Read more