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The day after the Unravel the Mysteries Forum, I re-packed my bags and made for the bus station to catch the next bus to Montreal. I made it with little time to spare. The bus arrived in Montreal after two hours or so. All the while, I talked with an interesting fellow who had taken Electrical Engineering at Ottawa U. We talked about all kinds of things, from books to the Baha'i Faith - and he had lots of questions on the latter. That was cool. Unfortunately, missing my connecting bus to Drummondville was less cool. The next bus came in four hours, so I wandered about town taking pictures and doing a little shopping for essentials.

Rue St. Hubert, Montréal.

A man's home is his castle.
(a woman's, too)

There's lots of very well-done graffiti in the area surrounding the bus station. In fact, it's more like mural art. I think a local youth centre gets teens to do it in order to beautify otherwise empty space.

whoever did this is going places.

work in progress?

arrival in drummondville

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My bus finally pulled up at around 9:00 PM, and after almost missing that one as well, I was on my way to Drummondville. After an uneventful (yet long) trip down Autoroute 20, the bus pulled into the Drummondville bus station just before 11:00 PM. Marc Lachance met me there and together, we drove back to his family's home, where I would stay a couple of days.

Big Bird was there to keep me
company once I arrived at my
destination in Drummondville.
I slept well.

drummondville, day 1
see blog entry

After evening prayers and a sound sleep, I got up the next morning to find Nicole (Marc's wife) typing away downstairs - she took a few days off work to play a gracious host to me while I was in town. Nice! Gabrielle (Marc & Nicole's eldest daughter) came home from work at lunchtime, so we all got to eat together and catch up. Gabrielle works as a costume designer at the Légendes Fantastiques, a summer-long multimedia folklore show in Drummondville. It's pretty cool.

Good morning, living room!

The humble Lachance home.

Gabrielle stirring her lunch.

The morning gracefully bowed out to the afternoon, and once lunch was done, Nicole and I drove out to Odanak, a native reserve to the north of Drummondville. There, we visited a few of her contacts and friends, among them being Nicole O'Bomsawin, director of the Musée des Abénakis, which showcases the art, culture and history of the local First Nations people. We also spent some time with a nice elderly couple on the reserve, who told us all sorts of stories. I'm kind of disappointed I didn't take my camera along for the ride; I would have liked to snap some pictures there.

Arlène, Guy, and Nicole.
the pendant Guy's wearing is a gift from
the elderly couple we visited that afternoon.

We ended the evening after dinner by going to visit Natasha, another one of the pioneers in Drummondville, and her three sons, Denyss, Darryl, and Melvin. Natasha and company were preparing to leave Drummondville in mid-July to join Jacky, the man of the house, as pioneers in Tahiti. It was nice to be able to see them again before they left.

Denyss, being completely normal.

Melvin & Darryl, clearly enjoying their ice cream.


Ahhh, brothers...

drummondville, day 2

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On day 2, I planned to bus it down to Victoriaville - but Nicole would have none of that, and insisted on driving me down. In fact, she did one better and invited Arlène (Guy's wife) to come along, too.

Nicole, in the car.

Arlène and Nicole talked up a storm throughout the trip.

Once in the car, we set out on our way and motored on down through downtown Drummondville. Along the way, I asked if we could stop over at the Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi - a drop-in centre for youth in search of work. (I was a regular while I was pioneering.) It was lunch time, of course, so nobody was in the office, but one of my old counsellors was outside having lunch. We exchanged news and best wishes, and, satisfied, I got back in the car to go.

The Carrefour Jeunesse-Emploi.
They're moving down the street.

Driving down rue Lindsay.

The Cinéma Capitol,
Drummondville's movie theatre.

Soon enough, we crossed the bridge and were on our way to Victoriaville.

Scenery over the Rivière Saint-François.

I tried to take pictures of all the little
Virgin Mary shrines I saw (because
goodness knows there were loads of them)
but this is the best picture I got.

(hint: blue blob at extreme right)

Scenery on the way to Warwick.

Warwick is a little town on the way to Victoriaville. It's a little detour from the road to Drummondville, but it's worth it. A Baha'i couple, Laurent and Jocelyne, own a coffee shop and roastery there (i.e. they roast their own coffee).

La Brûlerie des Cantons, for all your coffee needs.

The price list for bulk coffee.

Andréanne Girard (the white blur
behind the counter) was working,
doing deliveries to local businesses.

Nicole, Arlène, and our gracious hostess Jocelyne.

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