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The narrow streets

Three hostel dorms. Three wierdos. Each worse that the previous.

We start in Toronto with the woman who has been living there for about 4 months. She had a habit of starting conversations mumbling 'They'll get it you know, karma will see to it' which usually resulted in the other person looking around in a panic (we saw it done a couple of times after it happened to us). It turned out you see that someone was trying to steal her identity and had tried to kill her. Terrible luck you might think, except that she lived in an 8 bed dorm and told everyone about how she was on the run. Hmm interesting. Oh and she stank.

Next to Montreal and the old lady who checked in at 1 in the morning, switched the light on and lugged about 5 suitcases through the door before chaining them all to her bed.

Chateau Frontenac
She didn't speak but she had a strange look in her eyes, like she might kill you in your sleep. Relaxing.

Our story continues to Quebec City where I'm quite sure a more detailed account of our friend can be found in Lisa's blog! At first we thought she was ill as she was in bed with the lights off when we arrived at 3pm on Monday, so we tiptoed around with torches being very considerate. Fast forward to 2am (after a couple of hours of TERRIBLE snoring), and the heavy door slams. 6 times. Each time she walked in or out she made no effort at all to hold the door. Despite the fact that by the last time it was approaching 6am. Last night was worse, she actually switched the light on too! Add to that the insane random giggling despite not watching/listening to anything, even after she spilt a can of coke over Lisa (1am).

The Falls
She is in a different room tonight because she forgot to check out (she forgot what day it was) which we are VERY thankful for. When we were talking to our new roommate she recognised the description from another hostel!!

Anyway......... so to Quebec City, very small with the old town surrounded by city walls. It is very pretty here and reminds me of a French rural town. The cobbled streets are full of cafes and small shops. They are preparing for their 400 year anniversary festival at the weekend so making everything look perfect. The hills are incredibly steep, it was so difficult carrying our rucksacks up to the hostel which is right on the top of the hill in the centre of the walled part. We spent yesterday investigating and visiting the museum which had random (but interesting) exhibitions on dragons and cities of the future! The hotel (Chateau Frontenac) right at the top of the hill is very imposing and looked incredible with the snowy backdrop.

Whose idea was this?
It's apparantly the most photographed hotel in the world, although I'm not sure how you find that statistic! The picturesque views were slightly ruined today by a sudden temperature increase which caused some of the snow to melt and flow down the very steep roads forming brown sludge pools at the bottom!

We had seen a picture of Montmorency Falls advertised and heard that it is frozen at this time of year, so decided to avoid the $50 tour fee by getting a $5 local bus. Unfortunately with the temperature increase had come a large amount of rain, and we were quickly soaked and very very cold. We couldn't find where we were going and no one else seemed to be around so we stopped at a Thai cafe next to a petrol station because we had foolishly decided not to pack a lunch! After lunch we wandered for a bit and found a bridge over the falls. They were impressive, half frozen and half flowing (but with dirty water...), with the surrounding waters iced over. Well, the temperature dropped again so the rain turned to hail and we decided to try and get the bus back. Cue a half hour wait for a bus in a hail storm with no shelter. I tried to keep our spirits up by playing with the ice by the side of the road, and singing nursery songs. It didn't really work on Lisa *snigger*. So now we are back at the hostel. Tomorrow we spend the whole day on the bus to Ottawa, changing at Montreal, it will be qute nice to be in the warm for the day!

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The narrow streets
The narrow streets
Chateau Frontenac
Chateau Frontenac
The Falls
The Falls
Whose idea was this?
Whose idea was this?
Quebec City
photo by: peppertm