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Last day à Montréal

(A word about the image above…I walked by this pile of snow each day when I went to UQAM. I thought it was so pretty that I just had to share it…haha. I remember such piles from my years growing up in Iowa!)

Last night, I enjoyed watching the Montréal Canadiens defeat the Ottawa Sénateurs in the first round of Stanley Cup play-offs. The Canadiens won 4-3 with 6 of the 7 goals being scored in the second period! It was quite exciting to watch, even though I know very little about hockey. I’m thinking that all hockey games aren’t that rocambolesque (i.e., incredible), but who am I to say? I think the Montrealers had a bit more bounce in their collective step today.

I headed to the office mid-morning and worked through some literature for awhile before giving gifts and saying goodbyes. Bob and Ariane were so welcoming this week, and I feel very fortunate to have made these connections. Between the student strike and Bob leaving for Australia Monday (goodness, that has got to be a long flight from Quebec!), my timing could have been better. Nonetheless, it was a beneficial collaboration, and Bob has invited me to stay in touch, do online surveys at UQAM, and even incorporate his theory on passion into my work. I hope our paths cross again one day.

After lunching in my hotel room and checking in for my flights (yay!), I set out on foot to return to my favorite part of this city: Vieux Montréal , where Reed and I went Saturday. Today was much warmer and I knew the way, so it was a very enjoyable two hours of site-seeing and walking. I again saw the Basilique Notre-Dame de Montréal, strolled down Rue St Paul, and I even walked through China Town (that’s for you, Abbie!). Also, I ducked into La Baie, which is the Hudson Bay Company, Canada’s iconic department store.

When I returned to the hotel, it was warm enough that I could sit on the balcony and read for awhile, so that was a treat (especially with my west-facing view). I am so excited to return to my family tomorrow, but I have thoroughly enjoyed my week, and I have learned so much. Even though the culture here is somewhat familiar, it still holds many opportunities for increased awareness about cross-cultural considerations. I will file away this experience in my sabbatical folder, but I will return to it often for further contemplation.

Rugby report

Please feel free to skip this if you don’t care about a rugby report. 🙂 I must admit, I’m kinda getting into this sport. I wonder if one of our satellite channels carries rugby matches (Reed, please investigate and let me know)? Anyway, I am pleased to say that SA beat England Saturday night, 22-17. It was quite exciting, especially when watching with local fans, Sheila & Binci. Yes, once again a few “yum, yum, yum” comments were made about some players (not by me!).

In the TV photos, you’ll see that I thought the final score was going to be 22-12 (they play to around 80ish minutes), but then England scored another “try” after the “hooter” (the name for a horn here) to take them to 17. The guy at the end with the bloodied eye is the SA captain, from the Cape Town Stormers (a local hero), Jean de Villiers. He always seems to look like that after a match (as do others). It is pretty brutal…our super-padded & helmeted NFL players are kind of wimpy next to these rugby guys with no protective gear. And, I’ve heard soccer players referred to as “sissies” by rugby fans!

SA and England play each of the next two Saturdays, both in SA (first in Joburg, then in Port Elizabeth), so I’m glad I’ll get to take in two more matches. Even better, I will get to share the one on the 23rd with my family! Go Springboks! 😉