Goodbye Québec! (Québec city, Canada)


A post to say goodbye to Québec city. I lived there for about five years and moved recently away. I’m leaving dear friends and a fantastic city behind.

I arrived in Québec city in September 2005, coming from Paris, and moving there for my studies. From a French perspective, I was initially very surprised by the language barrier. Yes, people there speak French, but with a very particular accent. For the first three months I really had a hard time, because I couldn’t have a conversation without laughing. I wasn’t making fun of them; I was just surprised I couldn’t understand anything. And surprise often makes me laugh. I progressively got used to it, and after a while discovered that, in fact, I was the one with an accent…

Québec city

is a wonderful city where people are extremely nice, always ready for a beer, a concert or a snow-ball war. Yeah, it’s a very active city with festivals, concerts, circus, bars, nightclubs… Everything you need to efficiently distract you from your studies! The other striking thing is the snow in winter. I had never seen so much snow in my life. I couldn’t even imagine it was possible. At night the snowplows are making huge noise and your house shake.

Here are a few spots that you shouldn’t miss if you visit Québec city:

The aquarium of Québec, with jumping seals, swimming toothless walruses and bored polar bears.

The Château Frontenac, the major touristic attraction, in front of the St-Laurent River, deserves a visit.

Downtown Québec and the old Québec are really pretty, mixing old and modern architecture, and always full of activities.

Next to the château, are the ‘plaines d’Abraham’ a big green area where I fell in love with a tree. I know, you’ve seen this tree enough, but I loved it, so I wanted to say goodbye.

A place where you don’t really need to go is the University. But as I was going there almost every day, it was shot in many angles. Here you’ll notice how students love snow.

And finally, a place that you’ll probably never visit is my room, with view on a stinky paper factory. Here is just to remind us about the ‘from my window’ feature of the old lomography site…

Ho, and here’s an animated gif from an entire roll shot with a supersampler in about 1 minute:

So that’s it. Goodbye Québec! And goodbye rater and androfun, I’ll miss you! But we’ll see each other again of course. And I’m sure you’re taking a good care of my Jobo

written by stouf on 2010-05-12 in #world #locations #snow #bar #fun #window #more-snow #aquarium #concert #tree #castle #winter #quebec #festival #downtown #move #quebec-city #university


  1. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    I can't see the galleries, is it my problem?

  2. rater
    rater ·

    Ah, I almost have a tear falling... you are missed in Quebec, by us and your jobo! I was wondering when you would do a Quebec Location, as you have so much photos done here! Beautiful galleries my friend!

  3. rater
    rater ·

    @saidseni: I can see all the galleries and the gif OK...

  4. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    Oh, you're leaving Québec.... ! And where are you going to live now? Anyway, you had for sure 5 unforgettable years there and a fantastic time of lomographic creativity! I wish you all the best for the future, where ever you'll be! :)))

  5. emilios
    emilios ·

    Ela megale! Great article and great pics! Have a safe trip where ever you go! Hopefully somewhere more tropical lets say. Speak soon!

  6. mephisto19
    mephisto19 ·

    as long as you have internet connection and a scanner....! stéphane, i really hope you'll have a good time and that the people there understand your accent

  7. stouf
    stouf ·

    Woo Thanks a lot everyone !
    @rater: I miss you too hermano !
    @vicuna: Thank you so much my friend ! I'm in Halifax now.
    @emilios: Well, where I am , there's less snow but more rain... Ta leme...
    @mephisto19: Ahaha ! Thank you my friend ! My accent caused me problems a bit everywhere... : )

  8. -a-l-b-e-r-t-o-
    -a-l-b-e-r-t-o- ·

    goodbye Quebec city and welcome Halifax...I don't know if you will miss quebec city but at the beginning it's so exciting to start in a new place...good luck and have a good time!

  9. saidseni
    saidseni ·

    Weird... I can see the galleries in all the other articles except for this one... I'm using an iPad, it may be the reason? The gif I can see...

  10. tveden
    tveden ·

    Wow the N 32 half color half BW is awesome. What's the procedure? I guess you developed the films in their proper chemicals or? I'm wondering if it's possible to process the BW together with C41, but i've never tried it myself.
    Really nice pics you got there.

  11. stouf
    stouf ·

    Thanks guys ! @tveden: the procedure is here…

  12. natalieerachel
    natalieerachel ·

    Wowww amazing gallery, did you get to swim with the seals??

  13. stouf
    stouf ·

    Ahaha, I would have gotten into trouble... : )

  14. holydarkyfied
    holydarkyfied ·

    Salut et à la prochaine :)

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