Who's Hannah?

Trip Start Oct 08, 2013
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Trip End Nov 18, 2013


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Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Thursday, October 24, 2013

We started the day with a visit to a very interesting piece of art (?) in Burlington. I though it would resonant with my work colleagues...actually anyone really. Its 38 filing cabinets stacked one on top of the other. I kid you not. Apparently it was built to represent the amount of paperwork generated for a project that never went ahead...lol!

After that highlight, we headed up the highway and stopped at Palmer Lane maple produce shop. We spoke with the sales girl who explained how maple syrup is processed and the grading of same. We tasted the four different grades...going from light to dark. As Gabe and I had different preferences, we just had to buy both...right?!!

We also bought a Vermont maple creemee esentially a soft serve made with the dark maple syrup...oh my goodness my tummy is rumbling in appreciation at the mere mention of it.

Its unlike any soft serve I've had before. Vermont has a large agricultural community and the farmers are making a shift towards local and organic produce and supporting each other. So, we were happy to do our part and contributing to the community! At least the soft serve was 100% organic and no additives!

We hit the road after some shopping and continued heading north east to cross the US/Canadian border. We were driving through light wind and snow...I think they may call it a 'snow flurry' ... basically it melted by the time it hit the road and you know it isn't rain or hail.

Getting into Canada was a breeze. We stopped in Stanstead, a town that is in Canada but its library sits right on the international border. The american town right alongside is Derby Line. It was pretty cool to see a black line run right through the reading room to show where the border was located.

We hit the road again and get to Sherbrooke in the midst of evening peak hour traffic. Yuck! The roads were in a bad state of repair compared to what we've been travelling on, hardly any lane markings and all the drivers seemed to have their own set of rules. We made the 10 minute drive to Lennoxville and pulled into our accommodation. Lets just say its even more basic then Motel 6. For those who know, you know that means nothing flash. At least it was clean and the heater worked!

We caught up with Hannah at Bishops University. She comes out in a t shirt and a pair of track pants whilst Gabe and I are rugged up. Obviously, she had acclimatised! Its drizzling, windy and cold and remained that way whilst we were here.

We have dinner off campus and we catch up on travel stories and family news.

Next few days should be very relaxed as there is very little to do around these here parts....
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