Sunday, July 3, 2016

Over the 3 week mark in Canada...has our opinion changed?

Hello Luvs,

So, it's a holiday weekend in the United States, and we are still in Canada. As it happens there have been two holidays since we began our stay. I blogged about St-Jean-Baptiste Day last week. You can read all about it by clicking below.

https://katsmeoww11.blogspot.ca/2016/06/st-jean-baptiste-day-in-quebec-city.html


The second is Canada Day. Since we are near Quebec City it struck us how mellow the area has been. Yes, we have seen a few Canadian flags and fireworks close to us, but it is nothing close to what you see in the U.S. for 4th of July....and that is ok with us.

They were pretty loud but beautiful!
We did travel to Quebec City on Friday to catch some music and a fireworks show at Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec. Most people descended to the Grey Terrace which is a large open space park. There are benches that circle around it's edges, and it is located next to the Quebec National Art Museum. Even with everyone there it was incredibly easy to navigate with not a bad seat in the house (figure of speech). There were definitely a good amount of people, but it struck us as peculiar that there were not more. Was it the rain that was on and off? Do most people stay home and do there own thing?
Sucker for great architecture...

Plus art...divine!
One part of the reasoning has to do with the fact that in French Canada their major celebration is St-Jean-Baptiste Day the week before. Wanting to make amendments to their Constituation and wanting to be considered a seperate entity has to affect their participation. Because I do not know a lot about it I refrain from adding my opinion. Still, it does interest me. Canada Day was probably more festive throughout other parts of Canada (like Toronto).

Night view of the new addition.
Either way...we had a great time. I took a few pictures and some video of the fireworks. Seeing Quebec City at night was amazing. The people were respectful and kind. We noticed that the city was once again clean by anyone's standard. We got there when the rain had subsided and left when it started to come down again. You can't beat that!


Noticed these around the city.
Last but not least....has our opinion changed regarding Canada now that we have been here for longer. Well, it has. We love it even more! We are thankful for the kindness shown while trying to navigate the language (more than a few times I have attempted and began stumbling) and them apologizing for their mastery of the English language. Something that is particularly wild because most of the time it is excellent. For those who do not speak English we figure it out....usually with me speaking 1-4 words in French and them recognizing what I am trying to say. I will continue to try to learn more for the rest of the time we are in French Canada. I believe that it is the respectful thing to do. I will not be the typical American who goes somewhere and expects everyone to speak my language and not immerse myself. Being here and immersing ourselves isn't completely comfortable, but when they see you making an effort it goes a long way.
Instruments+art=Bliss

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Til next time,

Kat

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