“Bonjour tout le monde! Guess what?” exclaimed my French teacher. “We’re going to Canada!” I’ll never forget how excited my class and I were when we heard the news of our French class trip. I’ve heard so many wonderful things about that beautiful country.
I woke up enthusiastically at four in the morning the day we lugged our things onto the bus for our departure. The eleven-hour bus ride to Canada was almost as fun as the trip itself! I was with all my friends as we jabbered excitedly about all the things we were going to do in Montreal and Quebec. As soon as we arrived at our hotel in Montreal City, we got changed and headed out for dinner. The waiter at the restaurant served us some thick, yellow, vegetable soup. Till this day, my friends and I still can’t decide what it was! For dessert, we all received cakes maple syrup, Canada’s signature condiment. After dinner, and learning about “The Legend of the Flying Canoe”, we all went shopping in an underground, and very chic, mall. One rule my French Teacher had on the trip was that we were only allowed to speak French on the trip. For a huge French language fan like myself, this was quite fun. I loved hearing the native speakers and getting to test my own French speaking skills as well. Later that night, we all went ice-skating. Well, let’s just say that I spent the majority of the time holding on to the wall.
After breakfast the next day, our tour guide, Alain, took our group to see the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal, the most beautiful church I have ever seen. The church’s Gothic Revival architecture was so dramatic and grand. Its interior was colourful, with a ceiling that was colored deep blue and decorated with golden stars. We learned about the history of the church, and that Celine Dion got married there! Besides my partner getting lost in the church, it was great way to start the morning. Afterwards, we sadly said goodbye to Alain and hopped on the bus to go to Quebec City. As we walked around the shopping centers there, I realized that I’ve never felt so cold in my life! I had about 5 layers of clothing on. After losing my partner AGAIN, we went to La Restaurant de Bonapart. It was a great meal, except for the mystery vegetable they served yet again. I also spilled my coke all over the table; what a klutz I am! After dinner, we went back to the hotel and went in the indoor pool in sauna, which was nice and warm.
The third day of our trip (Valentine’s Day!), we went to a winter sports complex. We went snow tubing which was fun, but also a disaster at the same time. I kept falling off the tube lift, which became the most talked about comedic act! We went shopping again, and then to a hut where some guy with a fuzzy animal hat told us how maple syrup was made. We all got to make maple syrup taffy’s, had a great dinner, and learned line dances! I don’t think anyone was able to sleep with all of that sugar in our systems. Later on, we learned how to steer our own dog sleds. The dogs were so adorable, but so fast and scary at times! In addition, we all toured the Ice Hotel, which was beautiful. The beds, drawers, and even the bars were made of ice!
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