Greetings from Quebec! After a very long day of sightseeing, walking,eating, and dancing our bloggers met in the lobby of the hotel to start writing today’s blog.
Unfortunately, due to the very long day their editor was only able to upload a few of their articles. We hope to complete more entries and post them within the next 24-hours.
Until then, here is a taste of Day two…
Le Journal de Voyage de Ville de Quebec 2013 de BFCCPS
Deux Jours/Day Two
La visite au village Huron-Wendat (Visiting the Huron-Wendat Native American Reservation)
Blog post written by Alec R. & Ved D. – Day two of our Quebec journey began with 6:45 am wake up calls. By 7:45 am, we were in the lobby and waiting to board the bus to visit the Huron-Wendat Native American Reservation. After a short bus ride, we unloaded from the bus and were escorted to the large dining hall full of Native American artifacts. Glasses of orange juice and pitchers of hot chocolate were found on all of the large tables. We quickly sat down and met our leader who explained a little about Huron-Wendat culture.
Soon wait staff brought large trays full with plates of food. We were served an omelette, home fries, and bison. Bison has been eaten by the Huron people for hundred of years because it preserves well. While some of our classmates were nervous to try the bison, most agreed it was simply delicious! Described to us as a meat similar to beef jerky, we were surprised to see how thin cut and light the meat was. It had a wonderful smoky taste.
After the breakfast we broke into two large groups and began a tour of the village. We learned that the Huron-Wendat people call themselves the Wendat (referring to water) and that it was the French settlers who named them the Huron. The French named the people Huron because the male’s mohawk hairstyle reminded them of an animal that sounded like the word Huron. We also learned that when Europeans first arrived in the Americas there were over 300,000 Huron people and now only around 2,500.
After visiting a teepee, longhouse, and long boat – the groups met up in a large space to play games. Because the Huron people didn’t have formal schools, they taught young children useful skills through games. We were taught a game designed to help young boys learn how to remain quiet when hunting. One person is blindfolded and given three wooden pegs to guard by waving their hands continuously over the pegs. Three other people take turns trying to steal the pegs away without being being touched by the blindfolded person. Students and even teachers and chaperones had fun playing the game.
Our visit ended with a trip to the village gift shop where many students purchased Native American gifts for family members back home.
Les Galeries de la Capitale (The Mall)
Blog post written by Jillian M., Larin H., Brenden K., Dylan K., Johnny S., & Sarthak M. – After a morning spent learning how to live a “simpler” life, we jumped right back into modern times and visited the mall. Not just any ordinary mall, this supermall has two food courts, many shops, an ice rink, bumper cars, an arcade, a ferris wheel, and a roller coaster! The lights and colors of the games reminded us of a Las Vegas casino floor (or at least what we’ve seen on tv of a casino floor).
We were given two hours to explore the mall. Most of us rushed to the ticket counter where we received credits for one free roller coaster ride. The majority of the class rode several of the rides and then set out to shop and eat.
One of the foods we had heard about before visiting Quebec was the local favorite, Poutine. Poutine is a dish with hand cut french fries covered in chicken gravy and with bits of mozzarella cheese. Many people tried it and there were mixed reactions. Larin said the taste was “savory” and enjoyed the dish, where others commented it could be “soggy” and didn’t look appealing.
Excited to use our French, we greeted people with “Bonjour” and our accents were so great that the people thought we were native French speakers and went on to speak to us at a rate of about 1,000,000 words per second to which most of us would freeze like a deer in headlights and warn them – “Je parle un peu de français” (I speak a little French). Most people were nice enough to correct us and work with us. We ended up speaking a combination of French and English, or as we say “Frenglish”. For example, when Dylan went to McDonalds for lunch (because he could read what everything was on the menu) he tried to ask for a ten piece nugget meal. He ended up asking for “dix piece”. Luckily they understood what he was trying to say and Dylan ate lunch!
The mall was a great place to eat, play, and shop. Almost every person walked out of the mall with bags of souvenirs and other goodies from the visit. We boarded the bus around 2:15 and headed back to Old Quebec for more sightseeing.
La visite au Musée de Fort
Blog post written by by Alec R. & Connor O. – As we arrived back in the Old City after our adventure at the mall, we were led to the waterfront and the boardwalk in front of the famous Château Frontenac hotel. We were told we were going to have our group picture taken and ended up walking for about three minutes when the photographer pulled us over. Several people were confused because the spot where we had stopped wasn’t very “spectacular” and then the photographer told us to turn around and we saw how beautiful the hotel looked in the background. It was the perfect spot for our official group picture.
After our group picture, we divided into two groups and headed to the Musée du Fort. One group visited the museum, while the other had an hour to walk the streets of Old Québec and do some more shopping. The “bonbon” shops and souvenir shops were very popular with most students.
The museum was actually a giant diorama of the city of Quebec in the 1750s. The show shared the history of the six attacks on Quebec including the battle of the Plains of Abraham and the attack led by Benedict Arnold (when he was still on the American side). The diorama was huge and took over a year to be built by members of the history department at Lavalle University in Quebec City. Lights, fires, and smoke came from the diorama at different points during the presentation. At the end of the show, there was a quiz. Each person had buttons on their chairs to answer and the computer tabulated the results. The five top winners received an awesome prize. Ask your student if they have a new water bottle – apparently some teachers may have won one too!
Like everything we have visited so far, the Musee du Fort was interesting and fun. We highly recommend it if you come to visit Quebec.
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