Home for Christmas

 

 

Hello All ! Yes I know.. it’s been a while but before we get to my excuse, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and if you don’t celebrate Christmas then, I hope you have been doing well!

So.. my excuse: I went home for xmas and I have been too busy indulging in many mince pies.. more stuffing than you can imagine and a few too many ferrero rochers. To add to that I have been spending quality time with my nearest and dearest but.. I am back !

Tuesday 19th December-

So I arrived back in London on Saturday 16th December. After overcoming some wonderful jetlag, a few days later I ventured out to spend some quality time with my best friend. The day started with food and some chit chatting aka hogging a table in a patisserie for many hours..

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After a while, we decided it was time to head to the train station, destination: Winter Wonderland.

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So this was the first time I had been to Winter Wonderland, I didn’t really know what to expect but I wasn’t disappointed !

Food vendors to satisfy every food craving you have ever had.. crepes, mac and cheese, hot dogs,candy floss .. the list goes on. Right so, I am not good when it comes to too many food options and it’s safe to say the different amazing smells didn’t help matters. So in a classic indecisive Amanda manner, I chose to make one “food” purchase which meant that I could literally taste diabetes approaching.

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…Apparently this is a “normal” size. I don’t even want to imagine what a large one would look like.

Whilst I was at Winter Wonderland I took some pictures and as you’ll see, the lights looked soo much better as the evening went on, Enjoy !

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All in all, I would say that it’s worth taking a trip to check it out. It’s like a cross between a Christmas market and a Fairground.. with a Ferris wheel thrown in for good measure.

Christmas Day –

This year I spent Christmas Day at my Grandma’s and the Christmas Dinner honestly made me do a little shimmy in my seat.

Just in case that is hard to envisage..

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..you’re welcome.

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Christmas was lovely, lots of laughs and lots of music. It was nice to just chill, talk and eat. Also .. I had no idea that there were reggae versions of Christmas songs, oh the things you learn at Grandma’s at Christmas !

 

A few days ago I went to my aunties house which then turned into a girls day where my mum, my auntie and I all sat and watched thrillers for the evening and ate chocolate. Now I kid you not, I had the best day. Yes we may have watched parts of the films through our shirts out of fear, yes we may have missed parts because we were too busy discussing what bargains we had found in the boxing day sales but it’s simple evenings like that, that end up meaning a lot.

Also .. can we just take a moment to appreciate Sanchez the cat who from time to time decided to come along and watch the tv with us:

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Well, that’s all from me. This Christmas period has been super enjoyable, I have one more week until I head back to Canada but I am feeling recharged and … somewhat.. kinda.. not really .. ready to return to the snow, oh and those wonderful minus numbers. Let me just embrace this last week haha.

 

Until next time !

 

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Xmas Party + Comedy Show

Saturday 25th November –

Yes a slightly premature xmas party but.. who cares!

Can you tell I was happy about finally having an excuse to wear my xmas jumper??

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I went to Rivière-du-Loup for a Christmas party. Before the party started, a few of us headed to get some dinner and I couldn’t say no to the BBQ pulled pork poutine, it was soo good:

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After that we headed back to the house for the party..

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Later in the night we headed to Bar Le triangle and I ended up getting into a conversation with this guy who mentioned that I had to try Italian poutine, I couldn’t justify eating poutine twice in one night but I made a mental note.

Something that amused me about the inside of this bar was that when I looked around, I could see people in coats, boots and scarves.. the Canadian winter nightlife everyone.

Sunday 26th November –

The next morning we headed to L’Estaminet for brunch:

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After brunch we headed to Parc des Chutes (Falls Park):

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A frozen waterfall ..

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And soon after it was time to return to our towns, here are a few snaps I took as we left Rivière-du-Loup:

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I will never get over the sunsets in Canada.

Monday 27th November –

I headed back to work as usual but in the evening I went to a nearby town called Amqui with one of the Canadian assistants. There is a Microbrewery called La Captive and they had a comedy night:

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There were two comedians, Pascal Cameron and Joe Guérin and they were soo soo funny. I was slightly concerned beforehand about how successful I would be with understanding jokes in French but I would say I understood a good 85% of what was going on but some of the jokes flew straight over my head because they were local jokes that only Amquiens would understand. One of the jokes that stuck with me though, it was one in which Cameron said “Amqui is a nice village” (Population of Amqui: 6,320, so naturally.. a village size) and one of the audience members was like “town” and there was an awkward silence and the lady in the audience continued with “a town, we have a hospital”, and then there was another 2 second pause whilst Pascal Cameron looked awkwardly at the audience and said “ah, yes .. you have buildings so, it’s a town”. It’s just amusing because even in Matane there are people that consider Matane to be a village and those that are very serious about protecting it’s town “title”. Most of the other jokes for the rest of the night were the sort of jokes that make you want to shake your head and laugh simultaneously. It was nice to kick start the week with laughter.

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Tuesday 28th November-

More work as usual, Tuesday’s are an odd day.. it seems to be the day that all the students collectively make an effort to stay at home. A very quiet day around the school but then I got invited out for lunch out of the blue and of course, the answer was: yes! We went to Café aux Délices and I got handed the menu of the day.. I saw the words “Poutine Italienne” and in that moment, all I could hear was the guy from outside the bar in Rivière-du-Loup saying “You must try Italian poutine” and so..

 

It was soo good but of course I couldn’t eat it all. I was super full and then the waitress appeared with chocolate cake and asked if I wanted some:

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I don’t say no to cake so I fought my way through half of it before I had to admit defeat.

I have to say even the day after I was still full, I don’t know how 24 hours later someone can still feel full but.. there you go. If you fancy eating something that is going to keep you full for an entire day.. Italian poutine is the way to go !

All in all, a good last few days – xmas goodness, laughter and poutine.. I can’t complain.

 

Until next time !