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??
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:
After that we headed back to the house for the party..
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:
After brunch we headed to Parc des Chutes (Falls Park):
A frozen waterfall ..
And soon after it was time to return to our towns, here are a few snaps I took as we left Rivière-du-Loup:
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:
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.
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:
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 !