The last week of our program here has begun. I can’t yet tell if this week will fly by just like all the rest or if it will trudge on because it’s last. Either way, I feel like my time here in Quebec was a little short. However, I am ready to go home. I’m ready to see my family and friends again and I’m excited for my classes at MSU this fall. Our final week here seems like it is going to be one big, long wrap-up. All the activities planned are geared toward ending the session, like the cruise tonight and the talent show on Thursday. Not to mention all the exams we will have this week. Throw in packing and getting ready to fly back to the States, and that makes for a very busy next few days.
Last week I didn’t do as many of the activities with the animateurs as I had done previously. I went exploring on my own a little more. I walked to some streets in Quebec that are well-known shopping areas with lots of stores and restaurants, just to see what else the city had to offer besides downtown. While I was walking, I made it all the way to the Saint Lawrence River, and found a really cool church right on the waterfront with a meditation garden. It was a nice, quiet little area that I wouldn’t have found otherwise. I also came across a very pretty park closer to downtown, Parc de Bois-du-Coulonge. I walked around it for a while, and took some really pretty photos.
I wish I had done more of this, walking around and exploring Quebec City, because I found some really cool areas that I would not have found just doing activities with the program. If I had started doing this the first week, who knows? Maybe I could have covered the whole city!
However on Saturday I went on a program-sponsored excursion to L’ile d’Orleans, a large island about a 15 minute drive from Quebec City. It was an all-day thing, and I had a really good time. The island is mostly family-owned farms and workshops, where families grow and then make their products to sell to tourists who come to the island. A very popular thing grown there is strawberries and raspberries. We went to a cidrerie(cider shop), a boulangerie (bakery), and a chocolaterie (chocolate shop). We got to try some really good food and enjoy the pretty countryside on the island. After L’ile d”Orleans, we went to the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, and saw the Montmorency waterfall. That was a really amazing experience for me, because I’d never been to a waterfall before. It was a really nice park, too.
I’m glad I went on that excursion Saturday, because I got to see a little bit different part of the region of Quebec besides just Quebec City. I was hoping to do a little more of that while I was here, but transportation is a little limited. I guess that just means I’ll have to come back!