Reading week. Not sure if the university expect us to actually read academic books. We students consider this week a perfect opportunity to take a road trip. Turns out adventure is easier to find than expected. Especially when you’re three Dutch girls in a Canadian car.
When we started driving, we found out that we didn't have a GPS in our car. Or maps. Or working lights. Or rear window wipers.
Choosing to take the touristic route may not have been the best idea, as we got lost after the first sign and at least ten times after that. We drove around in a national park for hours, all ready to go cross-country skiing but we couldn't find any trails.
Trying to book a hostel for the busiest weekend in Ottawa on Friday didn't work. We did get one in Quebec City, but for the wrong night. The ice hotel that we wanted to stay in had moved to a different village two years ago.
And after a night of heavy snowfall, we could nearly see our car, let alone drive away.
But these are the things that make this road trip amazing. And everything turned out just fine. Canadians are always willing to help you find the way, and to draw maps. We got to spend the night in a beautiful house with the friendliest Canadian family in Ottawa. We finally found out how the lights worked (why was there no user manual for the car?). When we couldn't find the ski trails, we just got out the skis and skid on the road. When we sang ‘everyday I’m shuffling’, we shuffled the road in a new speed record. The ice hotel was even more fun after that long drive, and we went wild on the super ice slide and the ice drums.
And we could always turn up the Quebecois music – He thinks I’m jooolie, now I’m his cheeerie – or eat crepes, chocolate, muffins and Oreos. Or make a snow angel. And it didn’t matter that we got all wet, because our car was waiting just around the corner. And the one thing we did know was how to turn on the heating.
Name: Floortje Rawee (21)
Study: second-year UCM-student
Goes to: Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
From: 3 January until the end of May