Thursday 9th November-
At the beginning of this week, I was invited for lunch, I made sure it was on a day that I didn’t have to rush back to the school for more classes but I expected the three others around me to rush back to work because isn’t that just how things work? Apparently not! 2 whole hours later, after consuming crepes, salad, buddah bowls, talking about England, theatre, football (my specialist subject.. not!) and laughing a good amount, we slowly moved away from the table to pay. Apparently the normal 1 hr lunch break doesn’t exist in Matane? They may be onto something..
Sunday 12th November-
I was invited round for dinner by the same family that invited me to the haunted house and parade over the Halloween period. On the menu was: Chinese Fondue. Before arriving in Matane, I had never heard of such a thing but since arriving I have been asked countless times whether I have ever had a Chinese Fondue, the answer “no” often becoming the cause of a puzzled expression.
When the invitation was presented, I was sent the following picture as a means of explaining what it consisted of..
My first thought: “Raw meat”.
I can confirm, no raw meat was consumed, Thank God !
I was slightly overwhelmed when I saw bowl after bowl, tray after tray being added to the table with the fondue… cooker.. thing in the center of the table. So overwhelmed that I pretty much forgot to take a picture until the last minute.
I had garlic bread, some beef, a jacket potato, cheese .. and more garlic bread. There was also a cheese fondue but I could only eat so much !
It was a really good evening but another evening that really tested my French, 7 whole hours of conversation. 7 ! But I did notice one slight difference compared to my fried brain situation at the Halloween Party, my verb conjugations stayed with me till the very end !
Right.. fast forward to the following week !
Friday 17th November –
Friday’s tend to be my day for just getting bits done, grocery shopping and so on but this Friday was different ! 3 of the other assistants decided to take a trip to Matane, we had absolutely nothing planned but I would say it was well spent.
It was brought to my attention almost immediately that we all had blue jumpers on, this called for a picture.. now it didn’t quite go to plan because it was snowing and.. taking my coat off was not quite an option.. so this is the picture we were left with:
After this blue jumper picture fail, we went to Café aux Délices where you can find just about anything, from burgers to chinese food and there are also lots of quebecois dishes. After staring at the vast menu for about 20 minutes, we decided to ditch the menus and opt for the buffet instead:
Group photo attempt 2 ..
One of many attempts.. I really had no idea how difficult it was to get everyone to smile at the same time !
After our meal we headed for a walk by the river because who doesn’t choose to further freeze themselves to death when it is snowing? A completely normal thing to do.
After we decided to check out what was on at the cinema and headed to see Justice League. The guy working at the cinema made the assumption that we were students and we were more than happy to accept the new found student status, if you say I am a student, who am I to argue? Thank you for the cheaper ticket.
The film was pretty good, quite a few funny moments and in general it was nice to have a catch up.
That’s all for now folks, I shall be heading to Rivière-du-Loup (about 2 hours from Matane) today for an xmas party. I knew it made sense to pack my xmas jumper!
Until next time !