Les Iles-de-la-Madaleine

Trip Start Jun 29, 2008
Trip End Jul 12, 2008

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Flag of Canada  , Quebec,
Sunday, July 13, 2008

After driving, taking a ferry, driving, taking another ferry and FINALLY arriving at the islands, there wasn't much energy or excitement left in me. The crossing from PEI to the islands had been rocky and I felt slighty nauseous, especially since it had taken an hour or so longer than it should have.  The weather was so foggy that Courtney and I (my car pool buddy and host family sister!) couldn't see much beyond the roads. It was impossible to miss the ocean, though. It was everywhere, and I felt a little uncomfortable, like I needed more land around me.

The next morning we started our classes, and then spent the afternoon on a bus tour of the islands. They were bigger than I'd thought, and, because it was slightly nicer out, I started to see some of the landscapes and countrysides. I was so surprised by the pretty colourful houses dotting the landscape of rolling hills, and by the ocean and beautiful beaches that were everywhere. It was incredible!  As the 2 weeks passed by I started to get used to seeing cows grazing on the tops of hills, and where the sea didn't meet the islands with a stunning beach, there were beautiful red cliffs everywhere. The small towns we would stop in had quaint boutiques with unique paintings and sculptures, as well as uber stylin' one-of-a-kind clothing.  The beaches were always busy with swimmers, wind surfers, kite surfers, kayakers - any nautical sport you could dream of!  

Over the 2 weeks, I got to surf kayak, sea kayak, caravelle, trapeze, and horse back ride on the beach.  Sea kayaking along beside the red cliffs, and through caves was INCREDIBLE! So was trotting along the beach on little Tornade, the pony who was determined to 'win the race' and be the leader infront of all the other horses! 

Night life was also amazing on the islands. Cafe de la Grave, where the musicians are sitting right at the table next to you and anyone is free to join in, and L'Abri de la tempette (un autre russe, svp!) where you can salsa dance every Thursday night, were 2 of the best places I've ever been in to have a few drinks. 

By the time our ferry was heading back to PEI (almost without us!!) I was no longer uncomfortable about being on the islands. Now, I think I'll miss always having the ocean stretching out around me. I'll definitely miss my new friends who made the whole trip such an amazing amazing time, and our famille d'acceuille, too, who were SO nice! 

Considering I didn't even know the Magdalene Islands existed for most of my life, after having spent 2 weeks there, I feel like I discovered a secret and completely incredible place....and I hope I can go back soon!  
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