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Quebec with Family


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We stayed two nights at my aunt Marie's place, and went for a 3-hour walk with her and my uncle John along the St Lawrence. He knows almost everyone there because he's the guardian of the trees and he's there full time for the last number of years.... he knows everything about the park and doesn't mind saying whatever. His kids tell him he should write memoirs, he says he won't because no one would believe half the things that happenned in his life.
A couple examples he shared with us**:

  • * some parts may be off due to my substantially poor memory

-He was in Czech with a tour group when it was part of USSR. One night he takes the driver out for drinks, and convinces him to join him in a public square singing an old nationalistic Czech song (which he knew since my dad's side of the family is Slovak, and which was prohibited under the Soviet regime). All of a sudden a lot of police surround them. He tells them he's visiting from Canada and didn't know the song wasn't allowed. Also tells them he's always heard Soviets are wonderful people, and ultimately not only does he not get in trouble, but he convinces the soldiers to join him in singing the song. The next day the tour operator apologizes to the group on behalf of the locals that made it hard to sleep in the hotels, and the driver had been replaced. On the last day of the tour he tells the operator that it was him and the driver causing the commotion that day.
-He was in England, at the church where the Queen got ordained. He went for the sermon and stayed after and looked around. The friar gave him 5 minutes, and 10 minutes later he was still there and asking if he can take a picture of the chair where the queen was ordained, to which the friar said he could, as long as he promises never to return to England.
-Along that very same beach, there were some migrating birds (maybe geese), thousands of them, fully covering the St Lawrence, close enough together that he felt he could cross the seaway on their backs. All of a sudden they all start to fly at once, and the sound of their wings hitting the water shook the ground and sounded like a jet taking off.
Interesting people.

Posted by chrisvasil 19:13

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