Gratitude 2.

Rewind 10, even 15...

Montreal 1995. Grade 11. No digital cameras, lots of money spent on developping rolls and rolls of film. No internet, lots of letters written from friends. No cell phones, once a week, if lucky, calls to friends, family and boyfriend back home. Lucky to be with a fantastic family who introduced me to their province. Still friends with exchange "sister". This experience let me fall in love with French, with my heritage and with another province.
Fact: Did you know that the only reason I signed up to be a French teacher was b/c I wanted to go back to Quebec and studying at U of R provided you with that experience? Tee hee, glad it worked out.

Quebec 1999. Second year university. Still no digital cameras or cell phones, kinda getting the hang of the interweb. Very aware of pricy calls made home to friends, family and different boyfriend. Great friends, great memories, absolutely one of the most memorable years of my life. This year let me be the carefree, fun person I had always wanted to be.

I've just spent the past week re-exploring a very important part of who I've become; la belle province de Quebec. Following around high school students is not the ideal, but it was a free trip and they've been an exceptionally well behaved group, so all is good.
I honestly didn't think I'd enjoy myself as much as I did, as it's been a couple long months of extra-curr and really I just wanted to be at home, relaxing with my boys. But in the end, I had a super time. The weather was great and really, nothing beats strolling around Old Quebec in the sunshine. Quebec has got to be one of my favourite cities. I knew that I was relaxed when I found myself daydreaming about bringing all my girlfriends on a trip here (something I've always wanted to do) and how cool it'll be to show Willis when he's a bit older. So, I made you a list of 5 of my favourite things I did in Quebec and Montreal this week, if ever you have the urge to visit (I'll post some pics when I get home to accompany):

1-Visit the many cathedrals in Montreal, particularly Notre Dame. I remember the very first time I stepped into it and felt instantly the need to sit and pray. I could see the kids going through that same state when we visited it this week, some even saying they'd go to Church more if it'd be that pretty.
2- Shopping in Montreal....So many options on St-Catherines and in the underground city.
3- A guided tour of the Chateau Frontenac...this time we got to see one of the 4 presidential suites. Holy shizam it was nice. Won't be staying there in my lifetime...
4- A guided tour of Old Quebec...it is just beautiful alone, but when you throw in some history, that even makes it better. I even learned new things...so smart I feel.
5- A visit to a Cabane a Sucre for a traditional Quebecois meal consisting of nothing my sister would approve of.

I missed darling husband and Willis immensely this week, but wasn't too worried about them, they are big boys. Was the trip worth it? Apart from being away from my family for longer than I'd like, absolutely. My wish would be that even one of the students on the trip would be just as intrigued by this beautiful culture as I was 14 years ago, and as a result would open the doors to endless opportunities, as it did for me.

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  1. Hope I am one of the girlfriends you hope to bring back someday :) Glad you had a nice trip! Enjoy your last day in your twenties!

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