Okay, no more farting around with this vacation planning. Like I wrote in my previous post, today would have been a perfect beach day, but since I’m less than a week from needing overnight accommodations out of town, I thought it a bad idea to delay further.
When I travel on my dime to major cities, I prefer staying in “family” owned and operated establishments, if you catch my drift. So as of now, I have booked Thu., Aug. 9 in Québec City at a “friendly” hotel on the edge of the old city) and Fri., Aug. 10 to Sun., Aug. 12 in Montréal in a B & B in the Village. Then Monday I’ll wander over to the Lanaudière region for a few days. I’ll probably stop in Moncton overnight on my way up or down, or both.
It’s been 17 years since my last overnight stay in Québec City. It’ll be a short stay since I’ll be driving from Moncton (about 9 hours’ drive) that day, and will have a 3-hour door-to-door drive the next morning for a lunch date in Montréal. But it’ll be nice to get reacquainted with La Vieille Capitale, albeit briefly. As for the room I reserved, it might be a bit racier than the places where I’ve stayed in Montréal, but maybe not. It’ll either be an experience or more of the same.
As for Montréal, I booked 3 nights at the B & B where I stayed last fall — the same room, in fact. I tried the B & B where I stayed in March ’06 but got no response to my e-mail the other day and only voice-mail when I called today. I also left a voice-mail with Mr. J, whom I believe has returned to Montréal after a short stint in Calgary, so hopefully we’ll be able to get together. This will be my first Montréal visit in the middle of summer since ’94, so I’m looking forward to just hanging out or going for short jaunts outside the city, like Oka Beach.
My first day back to work was also supposed to be the first day of my new role at the day job, but I found out yesterday that it’s almost certainly going to be postponed by a week. If it’s not, then I’ll be ready; if it is, that’ll give me a chance to be even more ready. Despite the hassle of having to reschedule my vacation twice, I don’t feel it necessary to fume over such things. That’s just the way it is when you work in a large corporation, and there’s no point having a tantrum when things don’t work out as expected. In fact, I’ve come to expect the unexpected in that joint.