This is where it gets exciting.. Time to leave Montreal ——> time for Québec City.
Friday 1st September:
Before I get started properly, here are some pictures of the wonderful art on the buildings in Montreal that I had to capture before leaving:
Today was the day that most people went to their respective towns. Before we left we had our final lunch (they served chocolate cookies and yes I did put one in my bag as a just in case. stop judging me, a girl has got to eat). It kind of felt like seeing children off on their first day of school (well… as I imagine it to be), bit by bit as the journey went on, more and more members of the team got off the coach. And then there were .. 3. We had to spend 2 nights in Québec city before getting another coach to go to our towns. Now I wasn’t keen on this because I felt like I just wanted to stop living out of a suitcase and settle in asap.. but.. IT WAS SOOO GOOD. Québec City was an absolute dream.
Our first meal .. Poutine with Tayuub who is a 2nd year assistant and acted as our tour guide. I ordered in French for the first time which is a moment i’ll always remember. Back to the poutine.. this was a mini:
Yes, far from mini. Glad you agree! It was soo good though and no of course I didn’t manage to finish it.
Then we went to explore the Place D’Youville area where they had a gay pride event happening, it was soo cool.
After that, we continued to explore..
I was honestly soo impressed by this fountain..
Soon after we headed back to our hostel to sleep sleep and sleep (please note I don’t have much to say about the hostel.. but the next picture should sum up my thoughts perfectly):
.. the best part about the hostel:
Saturday 2nd September:
This day started off with a trip to Baguette et Chocolat, a cafe:
We spent our time planning out what we wanted to do for the day then did some more exploring of the places Tayuub had shown us the night before, so we could get some good snaps.
Before leaving England I had done some research on Québec City and found out that there was a waterfall called Montmorency Falls. I wasn’t sure if it was feasible to see it within the short time that we were in Québec City but when we arrived at the hostel the guy at the front desk mentioned it.. we had to make it happen! So the plan was to go on a bus that was leaving from the hostel but.. lunch happened:
– Chicken Club Sandwich at L’accent. The portion sizes will take some getting used to.
We went for lunch with two of the 2nd year assistants who thankfully knew there way around the city and after a 30-40 minute bus journey, we arrived at Montmorency falls. Oh was it something!
and of course I had enough time for those classic “I was there” tourist shots.. two pictures because one wasn’t enough:
The air was soo fresh and lovely. Soo worth seeing and .. if you feel like playing with your life, there is also the option of doing a zip line across the length of the waterfall (not for me).
After that we returned to Vieux Québec (Old Quebec) and popped into Brularie St-Jean, a cafe. I have a new found appreciation for places like Brularie St-Jean, not only did they have wifi.. but they also had sockets so I entered with a phone on 30% and left with 100%. Amen!
Here are some pictures.. of the pictures.. in the cafe:
Art work seems to be greatly valued in Canada.
That evening we walked up the most ridiculous hill ever to get to La Taverne Grande Allée Bar. Now that cookie I put in my bag the day before came in handy (see, I told you !) because once I got to the top of the hill, I needed something to keep me going, so whilst we waited for the traffic lights to change, we sat on a wall.. and I ate a cookie at about 9pm, what a visual. La Taverne was pretty good, also.. our server was highly attractive which of course made the evening much more entertaining.
Sunday 3rd September:
This was the day we officially headed off to our towns!
A 5 hour coach journey from Québec to a town called Rimouski .. followed by an hour wait in a dead silent, far from entertaining waiting area. It was mostly dead silent as the three of us made a conscious effort to keep conversation to a minimum because English stood out far too much and when we did brave a 5 second interaction, the conversations that were happening around us came to an abrupt end. It was a long hour being stared at by the locals !
Here are some pictures I took whilst on the coach:
And..that’s all for My First Week in Québec !
Posts about my first day of teaching and such will be following shortly..