Where have I been? Montreal, Quebec, Canada - I sort of speak French. I took a year of French in high school and have fiddled with it on and off since then. I would give a hearty bonjour, and get a reply in rapid French that would leave me lost. I was pleased at my ability to read, especially in context, signs, menus, simple instructions. I managed a couple of minor transactions all in French. Then there were words that I have never seen or heard in French - sort of French - Quebec French.
Why was I there? I was part of a panel discussing research into discriminatory treatment of LGBTQ+ patients in end of life health care at the McGill International Palliative Care Congress. I was a consultant on the research and Gary needed a second speaker.
What made me happy? Among other things being back to traveling a little again. I will surpass 30 nights in hotels this year, I didn't do that the last couple of years. I have a log book of all of the hotels I have stayed in back to 2005. Only a handful have a note next to them, never again. The hotel in Montreal, a newish Hampton Inn was very comfortable, very well located, very nice.
What surprised me? How easy it is to get back into the Country. I signed up for every trusted traveler program I could. I get the express lane and it is easy.
What have I been eating? Several really good things, oysters raw and baked, a melange of meats and seafood, a shellfish pasta, and a smoked meat poutine. The pointine, was not pretty, but it was tasty, to quote Spo, "like some men."
Where am I off to next? Boston for a couple of days, mostly work for me, a conference I helped plan and I am speaking at.
What am I looking forward to? My sister will be in town for Thanksgiving weekend in November. She is staying with her late husband's family. We will get a chance to spend some time together.
What did we see? Lots of pretty things, pretty trees, a spectacular church, the site of the 1967 World's Fair. More photos will follow.
What have I been reading? Better with Age, by Alan Costel - it was okay - I need to download more books to my Kindle.
What is well worn, well loved? My Kindle, I have worn through the finish on the plastic case where I swipe to the next page.
Who deserves an atta boy? VRE - the Virginia Railway Express, a commuter line - they have extended free rides where their route parallels the subway, as long as the subway is out of service for a new station being connected to the line. We are about 5 weeks in, with a couple of weeks left to go.