Weekly Photo Challenge: Change

border between quebec and new brunswick

Change, is this week’s subject in the WP photo challenge. Normally, I’m able to produce a better picture than this, but it has to be here! It was shot through the wind shield, but it sure represents change for me and I remember so well how good I felt when I shot it … like «We Made It!» 

The Canadian flag you see is outside an Irving gas station right at the border between the province of Quebec and New Brunswick. The gas station is in New Brunswick. It feels as if you were going into another country even though you’re still in Canada.

I’d lived with my husband for five years in Quebec after arriving in Canada in 2004. I wasn’t unhappy there in any way, but in hindsight I realise I was perhaps a little isolated as I never overcame the language barrier … i.e. I never learned French. My loss. 

quebec border
going the other way

In the summer of 2008 we decided for various reasons to relocate to Saint John, New Brunswick … it’s my husband’s birth place, for one. Secondly, I’d fallen in love with the city the first time we visited, as I’ve written about many times before. 

Within three months it was all settled, the house was sold in QC, nice apartment waiting in Saint John, so yes … I was very happy when we crossed that border. The big flag on that gas station is very conspicuous and you don’t see too many Canadian flags in Quebec … only on federal buildings and that contributes to the feeling you’re entering a different country. I’ve never been back, and in November it will be five years ago.

Lancaster bomberHere’s a Lancaster bomber they have set up as a memorial on the New Brunswick side of the border, just off the highway, opposite the gas station I mentioned in the beginning.

This aircraft flew eleven successful missions over enemy territory in WWII. 

 

21 Replies to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Change”

  1. Great post! I remember several years ago, Quebec almost voting to separate from Canada. I have always believed that would have gone very poorly for the province. And why? Over a language? I remember the referendum on Quebec’s sovereignty many years ago too, that was a feisty fight. The photos are great, such beautiful country.

  2. There was not anything but photos here. The comments are not displaying. There is no cat. Did I miss the change to a new layout….it is about “change” I realize. It is nice and clean. I love the Awards Free Blog thingy and would like to steal it.

    Well, I am not complaining. I liked the photos and I read the words before coming over here.

  3. Hi Rebby: I can relate about Quebec! The French we were taught in school in Ontario was a joke! When we went to Quebec & tried to talk to people we were laughed at ALOT!!! That angered me & I have never gone back!!! Their French is not easy to learn & I found the big city people cruel. The French only speaking people in small otwns were sweet tho & we did the pointng system to communciate with them…..
    I prefer to be where they speak English so I can be understood!!
    Love the Lancaster Bomber photo!! They were mighty machines!!!!
    Sherri-Ellen xo
    P.S.: Nylablue sends her purrs to her boy McDuff ❤

  4. I’ve driven by that spot a number of times throughout my life. And I’m being circumspect and not making any response to comments about Quebec and the French of which I are one!

  5. These photos make graphically clear what before was abstract for me — the real gulf between “French” Canada and the rest of Canada. Is it as sad as I think it must be, or am I projecting?

    1. Judith,
      I honestly don’t know what to say … this was a very personal feeling, that may have conveyed the feeling of sadness. I’ve lived in this country too short a time to be able to have an educated opinion about all this … I — with emphasis on *I*, just felt like it was going from one country to another. I lived there for five years, but it was kind of special because we lived in our little English-speaking ‘bubble’ … it would probably have been a whole different story if I’d known the language upon arrival, taken some courses, got a job or something… But I learnt a lot and it was an humbling experience 🙂

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