Summer holiday in the Province of Quebec - 2 -

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At first the sea was calm, everyone was smiling, the group was composed of people from various countries, France, Belgium, Germany, and Iran. Thirty minutes into the excursion the wind velocity increased, the water surface got choppier, it progressively got colder and the waves were crashing against the boat with more force. The water sprayed on us more and more to the point that I put on the jacket that Abi had given me thinking…thank you Abi you were right. By the time the tour ended and reached final destination my jacket’s hood was soaking wet but I was still warm.

As the tour progressed, I was very excited with the prospect of seeing whales. I asked the friendly Captain many questions. By the end of the tour we had seen a total five whales jumping out and back in. It was indeed a very impressive site to see them so close to us.

After a delightful lunch we went on foot on a boardwalk leading to the nearby Tadoussac River. We sat to enjoy the spectacular view, and joined several people that were already there expecting to see whales. Luckily we were able to see a few more.
I had also promised myself that I would go swim in the St-Lawrence River, we headed over to the beach area and I got ready to go. Abi was already waist high in the water. As my foot hit the water I thought my heart would stop…the water was so cold, I did not want to go in anymore. Abi tried to convince me but to no avail. He finally pushed me in the water, I thought I would freeze to death…, and then I turned around and saw the two young children sitting in the water having a great time. Seeing them, I regained my courage and went back in the water to swim…mind over matter one might say.

My last stop was in Old Québec (Vieux-Québec) is a historic neighborhood of Quebec City. Comprising the Upper Town (Haute-Ville) and Lower Town (Basse-Ville), the area is a Unesco World heritage Site.

Quebec City is one of the oldest European settlements in North America. Among cities in Canada and the U.S.A., few were created earlier than Quebec City. Also, Quebec's Old Town (Vieux-Québec) is the only North American fortified city north of Mexico whose walls still exist.

Of course my trip in Quebec City would not be complete without a stop at the “Chocolats favoris” restaurant located in Lévis (south shore). The place is famous for its ice cream dipped in soft Belgium chocolate. It is not unusual to see people long line-ups on the sidewalk, even late in the evening, waiting to taste their chocolate dipped ice-cream.

Reflecting on my holiday I realized a few things:

  • That I had seen or met Muslims in almost all locations.
  • My opinion about French Canadians had drastically changed after this trip. I had previously encountered mainly French Canadians from the Gatineau area. The ones I met along my journey were very friendly and helpful, even though there was at times a language barrier. They tried to speak to me in English whenever they could and we somehow were able to communicate. The French Canadians are, to my opinion, more similar to the Turks.
  • If I was going to start over again, I would have selected a University in Quebec City or Montreal area to do my university studies. After my Bachelor Degree I intend to continue my Master’s Degree in Montreal and to learn French.

Seyfettin Yilmaz

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