We had the most incredible time in Montreal, Canada!
It was so much different than what we thought it would be. It was much more like Europe than America. Everything was in French, from the TV programs, to the food in the grocery store.
It was a complete immersion into the French-Canadian life.
We are very grateful to our friends Bea and Tobias for enabling us to experience life in another county. Tobias brought us everywhere, from playgrounds to ice cream shops, to Tim Horton's. It was a wonderful vacation thanks for our dear friends... The apartment was gorgeous and met our every need. The back veranda was delightful to relax and have morning coffee and the shower was like visiting a spa. It was heaven!
I've come to believe that travel is one of the greatest ways to embrace diversity and learn about other cultures. You can read about far away places in a book, but until you actually go there and smell the air, smile at the people, eat the food and touch the flowers and old buildings, you can't fully understand where it is you are reading about.
Living a free, joyous, Radical Unschooling life, we are able to accept offers to travel at a moments notice. I am so grateful that we are not tied to an institution that we have to ask permission to remove our own children from and explain orselves to anyone. Those with kids in school do not often see how much the institution controls their lives. I am so graeful that we are truly free, in the purest sense of the word. I wish everyone could know such freedom.
When we travel as a family, we love to learn everything we can about the culture. We researched the countries specialty foods before we left and tried everything we could get our hands on when we were there. From Poutine, to croissants, to gellato and pastries, we took it all in enthusiastically.
Devin wanted to spend time in Chinatown while we were in Montreal, so we made a day of it and tried all the food we could there. Bea introduced us to Dim Sum, which was delicious. We visited all of the shops and bought Devin a pair of authentic Chinese jammies. He loves them so much.
We also visited a famous bagel shop in Montreal. Montreal bagels are very different from NY style. They are cooked in a brick fire oven and we were able to watch how they were made. They were so yummy!
It was a great trip and one our family will remember forever.