MY question to readers is, is there any particular eatery in the Airport open at that hour (5:30 in the friggin morning) that is better than the others? If there's a particularly good place in another terminal (open at that hour), and there's a free shuttle between terminals, that would be doable. Advice, anyone? (Email me at ResurgenceCity [ ] aol.com.)
I'm going to see if there's anyplace to take pix while I'm at the Airport, and if I spot something worth showing, I'll look for a cop to ask if it's OK (and show my bizcard so he can see my purpose). Flying has become such a hassle that I'm rarely in an airport anymore.
In any case, I was very unhappy to see, once I got home, that Bank of America charged me $5.00 for using a non-Bank of America ATM in Montreal, even tho there are no BofA ATMs in Montreal. Only in investigating that charge online did I find that BofA has a deal with Scotiabank (formerly the Bank of Nova Scotia) such that in Canada Scotiabank's ATMs are regarded as the equivalent of BofA ATMs (no fee). I didn't notice a single Scotiabank anywhere in my travels. BofA also charged a 55¢ fee to issue Canadian currency as my withdrawal from that Montreal ATM. Coming back, I went to a McDonald's the first exit from the border and finally got a strawberry milkshake — which was not available in Montreal! — and was able to change money by paying with my Canadian currency, from which they gave me change in U.S. currency, but at a $1.25 exchange rate. C$30 came out to US$24. The manager remarked that I had just bought a $9 milkshake (instead of the usual US$2.90 for a large shake), but I'd have lost something even in a bank, because the exchange rate without fees would yield US$27.75, and any bank is going to charge a conversion fee too, tho I don't know how much. Plus, I would have had to make a trip into a bank to conduct the transaction, so doing it at McDonald's seemed simplest and most convenient.
I have long been hostile to the border between the U.S. and Canada as utterly unnecessary — Canada should have joined the Union as several states decades ago — and this trip across the border, with its associated delays and expense, has powerfully reinforced that feeling.