This is just absolutely awesome.
Saturday was homework- catch-up- day for me, as is everyday in University. I had planned on staying in the night and getting a few things out of the way before the week rolled in.
As I was getting into the groove of things, I received a call from a cyclist and friend named Phil. He asked if I’d like to come to a Sugar Shack with him and a bunch of his family… I jokingly said, “what the hell is that!?” he sort of laughed and replied “You’ve been living in Quebec for almost 4 years now, and you don’t know what a sugar shack is!?”.. I thought to myself for a split second, connected some dots, and replied.. “actually, of course I do, how could I not know! WHEN ARE WE LEAVING?!”
And then my veins started zapping with the anticipated high doses of maple syrup to come. I was only a kid but I still have memories of my frost bitten-sticky fingers.
I was 12 years old and I was on a school trip to Quebec City and then to the famed Sugar Shack in Tadoussac, QC
The memories started to come back vague and positive. We had a lot of fun there.
At least for me, living in the city, with no car, and a non-Quebecois doesn’t allow me to have such easy access to traditional outings like a “Sugar Shacks” in the country. For those of you who don’t know what a Sugar Shack is, here you go.
It is a very special part of the Quebec Folkloric Tradition and I was very happy to be a part of that.
I could tell that Phil was brought back to his Quebecois roots and that he was really taking in the whole ordeal, I think everyone was! The place was jammed with Quebecois families and also a few M’ikmaq families, who would have shared some of the same music and facilities in the 17-1800′s. Everyone seemed to be reconnected.
I liked the traditional folk music although a little cheesy at sometimes. It was nice to see all the families there and little kids enjoying themselves. It was definitely a reminder of how beautiful the country is, and how people don’t really need anything but some good food, shelter, and each-other. I think this is a commonality in most traditions. It’s too bad we as a common society have gone the way we have.
The meal started off with a fresh pea soup and some home made bread. Followed with sausages, mashed potatoes, beats, “pig ear”, some sort of shepherds pie and an omelet. Pancakes were served for the first dessert and then we went outside by the fire to make maple syrup Popsicle type things on a stick as the second dessert. Keep in mind that you add maple syrup to absolutely everything, including your coffee. All of the maple syrup is harvested on the property.
Hope you enjoyed my blurb about a personal quebec experience.
The accumulation of wealth- after a specific plateau period -does not make us happier!
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I think that this is such an epic,-and at the same time-, dark song.
Radiohead does a great job here keeping it a bit original and matches Neil’s off-tone pitch..
So as you may or may not know, I have been riding a single speed 70′s steel frame touring bike around Montreal for the past couple of years. The frame is an original that my dad bought from a guy he met in Hawaii in the 80′s. I had put a lot of time and effort into the bike over the years and it has gone under many changes.
It is obvious for any cyclist that my bike would not be well suited for a 2000km loaded bike tour mostly due to the fact it has 1 speed.
This meant out with the old and in with the new, sort of. These parts don’t belong to me anymore
On March, 1 I put these parts up on http://www.craigslist.com, but lost some hope when I hadn’t gotten any bites for 4 days.On the 6th day though, a nice lady contacted me and made a reasonable offer. I delivered them to her place this afternoon and officially in her hands now.
Although I miss my sexy rear gold rim already, I can deal without it, and look toward building up a touring rig now.
As my good friend/cyclist Phil would say, “you can’t get emotionally attached to your parts!”
I just found an Ultegra crank set and 9 speed rear derailleur that looks decent on http://www.pinkbike.com for 150$, I might go for them.
Anyways, I would have a hard time getting from Montreal to here with the whole one speed setup!
Photo by Natalie Lucier: http://www.flickr.com/photos/natalielucier/
Check out the link below for more information on this exotic and underrated location in Newfoundland, Canada
This is an important day for me as was Feb 9, 2012 when I bought my used Burly Nomad Trailer. I have to keep going at this pace if I want to make it out to Newfoundland efficiently and make a superb documentary at the same time.
Please follow me on the journey!
Tampa Bay Beer Week, I am in you. The week is in full swing, and the events so far have been amazing.
Tonight there will be several events of note, including Hops in the Cauldron at the Ale & the Witch. This is a Dunedin Brewery night at the Witch, with a one-of-a-kind firkin: Pipers Pale dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin, cascade, summit, centennial, and whole leaf Amarillo hops.
Japenese artists creates 3D goldfish with paint and resin.
I would never imagine this being possible.
Youtube is an awesome way to discover old jems like this one.