Québec is Calling Me…

In order to feed my Quebec obsession, I’ve been watching the Radio-Canada series “Catherine” on TV5 each evening. Luckily it’s subtitled in European French because I don’t understand all the words, but when they make cultural references to Thanksgiving, Sears or hockey, it makes me a little homesick. Sometimes I catch “Pure Laine” which is also a comedy about life in Montréal in a multi-cultural family (Quebecois mother, Haitian father, and adopted Chinese girl). Barbara has been posting her wonderful photos of a recent trip to Montréal & Québce City and David has been mentioning wanting to go there more and more lately.

Then Quebec announces that between now and 2012, it will need 700,000 immigrants to make up for the retiring population. They’re increasing their quota for French citizens as well, because of course they want people who already speak French. I’m not a French citizen (not yet anyway! I can apply after 5 years of PACS, so early 2012), but I can obviously still apply as an American citizen who speaks French. Career-wise, I don’t know what David or I would do because he works for the French government and I really don’t want to continue teaching English.  (I could be improving my Italian and German so much instead of preparing lessons…)

If the high-speed railway between Montréal and Windsor ever gets approved and built, I will so be there! It currently takes more than 9.5 hours to take the train from Montréal to Windsor (not including connection in Toronto) compared to at least a 9 hour drive from Montréal to Flint by way of Sarnia. Granted, Windsor is still a 2 hour drive to my parents’ house, but cutting down on the travel time in any way would be nice especially if I didn’t have to drive at all. The whole project would connect Québec City to Windsor (via Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto) in 3 hours and 55 minutes!

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  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Bonjour Jennie,
    Thanks for the plug my friend ;)
    I swear; when my hubby & I came back for Quebec, we were in a funk. It just was so wonderful over there and we felt very good. My hubby has been “en amour” with la Belle province for a long,long time. It was his 4th trip over! Only my second.

    Best of luck if you & David are considering taking the big leap to move to Quebec in the future . I still have a couple more of the photo posts. Montreal & c’est fini !
    Cheers :)
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Twilight moments at le Parc du Mont Royal =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Bonjour Jennie,
    Thanks for the plug my friend ;)
    I swear; when my hubby & I came back for Quebec, we were in a funk. It just was so wonderful over there and we felt very good. My hubby has been “en amour” with la Belle province for a long,long time. It was his 4th trip over! Only my second.

    Best of luck if you & David are considering taking the big leap to move to Quebec in the future . I still have a couple more of the photo posts. Montreal & c’est fini !
    Cheers :)
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Twilight moments at le Parc du Mont Royal =-.

  • http://family-counts.blogspot.com/ barbara

    Bonjour Jennie,
    Thanks for the plug my friend ;)
    I swear; when my hubby & I came back for Quebec, we were in a funk. It just was so wonderful over there and we felt very good. My hubby has been “en amour” with la Belle province for a long,long time. It was his 4th trip over! Only my second.

    Best of luck if you & David are considering taking the big leap to move to Quebec in the future . I still have a couple more of the photo posts. Montreal & c’est fini !
    Cheers :)
    .-= barbara´s last blog ..Twilight moments at le Parc du Mont Royal =-.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ au soleil levant

    I hadn’t heard anything about this high speed railway. That would be awesome! Windsor is only an hour from my house, it would be so practical and convenient. Now I really hope they build it, I’m already planning a trip!
    .-= au soleil levant´s last blog ..The Cast of Characters =-.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com/ au soleil levant

    I hadn’t heard anything about this high speed railway. That would be awesome! Windsor is only an hour from my house, it would be so practical and convenient. Now I really hope they build it, I’m already planning a trip!
    .-= au soleil levant´s last blog ..The Cast of Characters =-.

  • http://ausoleillevant.blogspot.com au soleil levant

    I hadn’t heard anything about this high speed railway. That would be awesome! Windsor is only an hour from my house, it would be so practical and convenient. Now I really hope they build it, I’m already planning a trip!
    .-= au soleil levant´s last blog ..The Cast of Characters =-.

  • Marc

    Le Québec t’attend!

  • Marc

    Le Québec t’attend!

  • Marc

    Le Québec t’attend!

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    Québec is definitely looking for skilled francophones and this is a politic move. The language issue in Canada is a big one…

    That said, I’m a bit critical of the immigration policy in Québec. First, the Bureau de l’Immigration twists the facts to get more applicants. Then, multiculturalism is quite criticized in Québec. Well, if you want francophones, you won’t always get French people only. Expect some immigrants from Africa, Maghreb etc. and please welcome them as well…!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..10 Canadian Bands =-.

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    Québec is definitely looking for skilled francophones and this is a politic move. The language issue in Canada is a big one…

    That said, I’m a bit critical of the immigration policy in Québec. First, the Bureau de l’Immigration twists the facts to get more applicants. Then, multiculturalism is quite criticized in Québec. Well, if you want francophones, you won’t always get French people only. Expect some immigrants from Africa, Maghreb etc. and please welcome them as well…!
    .-= Zhu´s last blog ..10 Canadian Bands =-.

  • http://journeyw.blogspot.com/ Viajera

    Oh yes, Quebec. Damn amazing place. I wanted to take a quick trip this fall, but the weather fell so quickly in Ontario (I think Windsor saw a bit of snow)… Well, you know how cold Quebec gets.
    Can’t wait to see if you guys make it there.
    .-= Viajera´s last blog ..Is this a sign? =-.

  • http://journeyw.blogspot.com/ Viajera

    Oh yes, Quebec. Damn amazing place. I wanted to take a quick trip this fall, but the weather fell so quickly in Ontario (I think Windsor saw a bit of snow)… Well, you know how cold Quebec gets.
    Can’t wait to see if you guys make it there.
    .-= Viajera´s last blog ..Is this a sign? =-.

  • http://journeyw.blogspot.com/ Viajera

    Oh yes, Quebec. Damn amazing place. I wanted to take a quick trip this fall, but the weather fell so quickly in Ontario (I think Windsor saw a bit of snow)… Well, you know how cold Quebec gets.
    Can’t wait to see if you guys make it there.
    .-= Viajera´s last blog ..Is this a sign? =-.

  • Andy

    Hey, Jennie. I was at my local prefecture yesterday asking questions about naturalization. They were clear that after five years of living in France, you can begin the application process; you don’t need five years of PACS to become a french citizen, apparently.

  • Andy

    Hey, Jennie. I was at my local prefecture yesterday asking questions about naturalization. They were clear that after five years of living in France, you can begin the application process; you don’t need five years of PACS to become a french citizen, apparently.

  • Andy

    Hey, Jennie. I was at my local prefecture yesterday asking questions about naturalization. They were clear that after five years of living in France, you can begin the application process; you don’t need five years of PACS to become a french citizen, apparently.

  • Maggie

    Wow, a high speed train from WIndsor to Quebec City would be amazing!

    A really great Quebecois comedy series is Les Bougon. Hilarious!! It’s from 5 years or so ago.

  • Maggie

    Wow, a high speed train from WIndsor to Quebec City would be amazing!

    A really great Quebecois comedy series is Les Bougon. Hilarious!! It’s from 5 years or so ago.

  • Maggie

    Wow, a high speed train from WIndsor to Quebec City would be amazing!

    A really great Quebecois comedy series is Les Bougon. Hilarious!! It’s from 5 years or so ago.

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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