Long story short: opportunity knocked. And we listened. And we traveled to the Great White North in the middle of the coldest winter there ever was. And we bought new coats and unpacked our belongings in a 140-year-old building that makes me think of a wine cellar/creepy hotel. And we soon discovered the wonders of the two-flush toilet, ketchup chips, and the Canadian KitKat.
More about Me:
I am a professional writer who recently relocated from Seattle to Quebec City, Canada to learn French and document expat life. After a year or so there, I moved back to Seattle where I currently am. I still retain my crown as a Quebec City insider and have authored multiple guidebooks and articles on the area. Still learning French. Still traveling.
I live with ‘The Husband, Jake and a 15-pound boston terrier, Elwood. An anglo is someone whose native tongue is English. Otherwise known as the girl in the black hoodie who can’t roll her “r”s to save her life and who consistently gets the wrong sandwich at Subway because she says “oui” when she really means, “no olives.”
Stay tuned and find out:
- If I get booted from my French for
- If I ever get to put my brand spankin’ new Canadian work permit to work
- What’s a socialist government really like?
- How to make your friends super jealous of your fabulous expat-ness (even when you’re having a terrible time)
- All about French Canadian food you’ve never heard of
- And Poutine, the one French Canadian dish you have heard of
That’s it in a peanut shell. You can contact me at halmcreative[at]gmail.com.
Update: Canada was wonderful, Quebec is my favorite country-that-isn’t a country, but things became unstable and we had to move back to Seattle. I still write about and travel to the area often. I am still also learning French. I am also now a freelance travel writer and having a blast.
July 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm
Oooh I LOVE Quebec City except everyone was cold because I didn’t speak French 😦 But BEAUTIFUL buildings and you are correct, the poutine is amazing. Hard to believe it’s so common it’s even a fast food item, while most American’s haven’t even heard of it 🙂
July 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm
Poutine is so freaking good. It was too hot to have it when I was there. I also love ketchup chips.
I didn’t speak a word of French when I moved there, except for Bonjour which I pronounced like “Bonjovi”
-ha – j/k. My goal is to be bi-lingual and bicoastal. QC is amazing. J’adore!
July 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm
I went to Canada and came back with a Husband…we live half the year in Manitoba and the other have here in the states. QC is a whole country in and of itself, I applaud your efforts to assimilate and to eat the ketchup chips!
The thing I love most about Canada has to be the #1 highway and the vast, open, endless space….and shopper’s drug mart!
Great blog, I’m going to follow!
July 20, 2012 at 3:04 pm
*half, not have!
September 12, 2012 at 12:31 am
Chi, Seattle, Quebec: you’re hitting all my happy spots! Okay, haven’t been to Quebec City yet, but I love Montreal dearly, love Chicago dearly, and love Seattle dearly since my in-laws are all there. Can’t WAIT to follow your adventures…
September 17, 2012 at 8:03 pm
I am a Québecoise, living in Seattle and would like to invite you to meet up with myself and 3 other Québécoises that live here as well. I attended law school at Université de Montréal and Université de Poitiers in France. I practiced law in California then here in Seattle. I am now … The dreaded expression: “stay-at-home-mom” and passionnate about traveling. Reach out!!
September 17, 2012 at 8:18 pm
Ha – even more dreaded: “Stay at home wife, sporadically paid writer.” Would love to meet up! Need people to practice French with as well. I will be in touch, Sophie. I also met some other Quebecoises at one of my French meetups. There are a lot more here than I thought! I will reach out.
October 5, 2012 at 6:54 pm
I just nominated you for a Reader Appreciation Award. I’m new to this so I’m still unclear whether this is considered an honour or an annoyance. My intentions are the former.
October 5, 2012 at 7:52 pm
Thanks! I am definitely honoured, not annoyed at all. Do I need to do anything for it?
October 5, 2012 at 8:01 pm
There appears to be some busywork involved with these things: write seven things about yourself, nominate five other sites. But you know what? I think it’s up to you whether you want to break the cycle. Kind of fun to spread the joy, though.
October 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm
Love it! Done and Done (well…soon:).
October 18, 2012 at 2:04 pm
Hello, I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. It’s a good way to show your followers blogs you find inspiring, and to have other people’s followers find you. If you don’t have time or want to accept the award, no worries. If you want accept, read this for the award rules:
Have a wonderful day!
October 18, 2012 at 4:01 pm
I would like to accept. Thank so much. I like reading your blog as well.
October 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm
You deserve it! I’m sure I’m not the only one who likes reading about your travels and seeing all your pretty pictures.
May 1, 2013 at 6:46 pm
I stopped by to thank you for following my blog and then got caught up in your posts and the story of your travels to Canada and back and all that is following that. I’ll be back. I grew up very close to the Canadian border and have spent time in Quebec. I can’t wait to read more of your stuff.
May 1, 2013 at 10:19 pm
Thank you! Unfortunately, I had to move back to Seattle. But I love it in Quebec and still visit quite often.
July 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm
As I’m just up the I-5/99 in Vancouver, I find it very amusing that you moved to Québec City for the experiences of living in a different country (within a different country). Vancouver is only 2 to 3 hours away to be sure, but it shares much in common as we live in “Greater Cascadia.” 🙂 My high-school French-teacher made sure we learned European French, and not Québecois French, although there’s nothing quite like uttering out loud those religious-terms as curse words.
July 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm
That is funny. I had no idea Quebec was so different than the rest of Canada. It’s not just the language, it’s culturally different from Western Canada too, in my experience.
I like both cities a lot for completely different reasons, although Quebec City will always be my favorite because I lived there.
Keep in touch, neighbor! Or should I say, neighbour!
January 10, 2014 at 10:14 am
So, eh? If a person were, say, bipolar, and they, say, threatened to bore you to death, would that make them a homicidal maniac, ‘eh?
Sorry, that was the closest threaten thing I could come up. Ima just not that creative.
January 10, 2014 at 5:28 pm
Ha! Sure you’re creative. Don’t ya know I read your blog eh? 🙂
You’ve given me lots to think about. And you have the best name for a blog eva.
January 31, 2014 at 1:33 am
thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it 🙂 what an interesting blog you have ! for sure will be back here 🙂
March 13, 2014 at 5:06 am
Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the Blogosphere and the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. I look forward to following your posts, 🙂
March 13, 2014 at 9:25 am
Look forward to seeing more from you. Love photography.
March 15, 2014 at 1:55 pm
Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours looks like a fun blog. Right up my alley. Looking forward to following this. Cheers!
July 22, 2014 at 11:24 am
I looove Quebec City! Lucky you getting to live there!
July 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm
Yeah, it’s one of my favorite places. I miss it a lot, hope to go back for a visit next year.
October 20, 2014 at 3:55 pm
Excellent post… Oui, merci mais pas d’olives 😀
Best wishes!, Aquileana 😛