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Have I tortured you all long enough? Don’t worry – not blogging has been torturous for me, as well.
I have so much to share with you, that I will have to divide it up into a bunch of entries. The first and most important, I suppose, is that we are still in New Brunswick and have decided to stay here. We have been scouting around getting information on cost of living and average wages, and discovered that there are a bunch of large companies here begging for staff. There are a huge amount of call centers here and on Friday alone I found two jobs in my field (printing and graphic production) – something I haven’t seen for years. So, we have decided to stay and make a go of it here. A bonus is that there is family around here as well that we are staying with until we get sorted out. But that is a blog entry in itself. I will keep you all posted on that front.
Since we are staying, internet access still won’t be back up to what it was until we get settled in somewhere and we get a few paychecks. So blog entries are still going to be few and far between.
So let’s talk about our drive down today. I have ooodles of photos, so this may take a while, and I will do the rest of our vacation in another entry. I also have a few (yep – 3!) happy dances to share.
We finally ended up leaving on the afternoon of the 16th. We had so many “one more thing” ‘s that it just kept pushing back the timeline. So here we are, five minutes up the road, and the girls are already comfortably settled into the trip:
By the time we were up the road a half an hour, this was our view:
A number of boring hours passed, roads were clear and it was an easy drive. Until we hit the Ontario-Quebec border:
I tried to take a “Welcome to Quebec/Goodbye to Ontario” sign, but apparently my skill in photography (ha!) isn’t that developed.
We took some advice and ended up going the long way through Montreal where not only was the route longer but it was construction all the way along (if you are ever driving passed Montreal – take the 20 – NOT THE 40!), and ended up in the tunnel with a French guy’s name that I don’t recall now (Lafayette? I don’t know).
We stopped for a pee break here (one of many) and let the girls go nuts around a post:
Don’t ask me where we were – I don’t have a clue. Somewhere between Montreal and Drummondville.
We finally stopped for the night about half way between Drummondville and Quebec City. This was the girls first night at a hotel:
And while this wasn’t the nicest hotel we have stayed at, it was cool because:
Back on the road where we could enjoy the scenery. Let me tell you – Quebec is beautiful. There are rolling hills and farmland and trees – very nice and just what I like. I am a prairie girl, though, and am used to big farms. One thing I saw in Quebec really confused me, and hopefully one of you readers can help me out here. It seemed that farmers in Quebec (it stopped at the New Brunswick border) all seem to have a break in their feilds. It is like every 30 feet they dug a trench or planted some bushes, or something. It seems like a large waste of land to me – especially if one is going to have the same crop on both sides of the trench, why not even it out and get more bang for your buck? I tried to take a photo:
The other thing we noticed about Quebec was it’s names for its villages and towns. LOOONNNNGGGGG! Check this one out:
This place is Berthier-sur-Mer-Saint-Francois. It is like a Monty Python sketch. (No offense to the Quebecois, of course – I mean this all in jest). It is like they built a church, and named the town “The-church-of-Saint-Francois-that-is-down-by-the-river-next-to-Frank’s-farm-not-the-one-on-the-left-but-the-one-across-the-river-and-over-the-bridge”. This isn’t a random occurance, either. Just about every town along the route is named like that. Crazy.
The best name belongs to a town close to the New Brunswick border: St.-Louis-du-Ha!-Ha! Seriously. Mapquest it.
Finally we hit the border of New Brunswick. I was able to take a photo of that:
And we stopped for lunch and let the girls go nuts around a pole:
Before we left, the girls got some change from their grandfather to spend at the candy machines at the stops and what-not. Kimber decided that it was nice to share one of her smarties with me:
Back on the road and the same scenery:
The drive through New Brunswick was gorgeous as well – the main highway takes you right alongside the Saint John river – water water everywhere!
We made it in around 9:30 and immediately went to bed. Woot! We arrived!
I think that is probably enough for today – more later this week!