A Canadian TourIn early May, five members of Cardinal Business Edge traveled throughout Canada on a week-long excursion. Below are the stories of their travels.
The trip to Canada was great and I thought it was a really cool experience. Being in Niagara Falls was cool but it was raining. Later that day however, we made it to Toronto and had dinner with Kavork at an Armenian restaurant. It was good food, good company, and was one of our best nights because of his stories and being able to share his experiences of college and comparing the U.S. and Canada.
The French influence was increasing with every city we passed and could real tell the difference in Montreal.
Quebec City was the most interesting because of all of the historic language and it was a very new learning experience. The views were very cool and we were able to explore the whole city especially within the walls of the old town.
Ottawa's Parliament building was a good thing to add to the trip and show how the French and English speakers compromised the capital location right on the Province line.
Overall, I enjoyed this trip very much. It was great to be in an area that I am not familiar with and learn about difference culture and experience it firsthand.
The Cardinal Business Edge trip to Canada was a great experience that allowed me to visit many cities and create lasting memories with my peers. I had never been to Canada before and within a week I had visited Niagara Falls, Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa.
I really enjoyed the effort that we made to eat at foreign cuisine restaurants. The opportunity to try Armenian and Indian food was not something I would seek on my own. I also enjoyed the time that we took to explore the cities and the many cathedrals, government buildings, and stores.
The French language that was spoken and heard throughout our travels was a strong character builder. Not being able to rely on your native language to communicate is humbling. Locating things without using English was intimidating and I quickly found interest in learning directional words and the phrases on road signs.
Traveling in a small group made us depend on one another. By the end we had learned about our families, hobbies, and future goals.
I would like to thank everyone involved in the planning process of this trip and Dr. Potts for accompanying us on the memory-filled experience. It was my first time leaving the country and it was a trip I won't soon forget.
|At an Armenian restaurant trying new cuisine.|
Before highlighting the business, economic, and political aspects of my experience with the faculty-led trip throughout Canada, I must first mention the food! Our our first night we ate Armenian cuisine. The meal was served family style, meaning there were many dishes on the table from which we all had shared. After an hour or so of eating and enjoying each other's company, I couldn't possibly have eaten anymore. I sat in disbelief as our host had stated that we hadn't received our entree yet. If our trip had consisted of that meal and back, I would have been content. Following that experience, I tried poutine for the first time, which is a famous Canadian dish composed of french fries and topped with gravy and cheese curds. Why hasn't the U.S. adopted this dish in its entirety?
Highlights of our trip included Niagara Falls, St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal, Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, and Parliament in Ottawa. Even though Canada is a close neighbor of ours, there are many distinct differences between the U.S. and Canada. For example, to protect the culture of French Canadians, both English and French are the official languages of Canada. From a business, economics, and political standpoint, both languages must be used for communication - depending on location. While none of us had spoken French, it was fun to practice the few words we did know, and this experience has left me with the goal of becoming fluent in another language.
Overall, I thought the trip to Canada was successful. In six days, we traveled to five different cities with many stops along the way.
We began by traveling to Niagara and saw the falls from the Canadian side. Niagara was quite a site with all of its tourist activities. The coolest part of Niagara was seeing the mist through all of the streets from the falls. That night we traveled to Toronto and had dinner with one of Dr. Potts' friends. He took us to an Armenian restaurant. This dinner was my favorite part of the trip because not only did I like the food the most this night, but the company and conversation was the best. Learning about business, traveling, cultures, and life was a perfect way to begin our Canadian adventure.
We drove to Montreal the next day and had another great dinner with great company. We walked around the city for a few hours, saw the church of Notre Dame, and happened to run into an event which tried to form a world record of most people in one place wearing clown noses.
We made it to Quebec City the next day which was my favorite city we visited. It was so quaint with so much history and passion within the walls.
We finished our trip by driving to Ottawa the last day. We walked around in Parliament and the city. We had Indian food for dinner and experienced our first beaver tails which is similar to an elephant ear.
All in all, it was a fabulous trip with great company.
We spent Saturday afternoon in Niagara Falls. While there, we viewed the partially frozen falls and ate lunch at Planet Hollywood. We continued to Toronto where we ate an authentic Armenian dinner with a friend of Dr. Potts' from Bulgaria.
Sunday morning we drove to Montreal and walked around the city for most of the afternoon. We saw Notre Dame Basilica, the Old Port, and a cancer fundraiser (known as Néz pour vivre). We met with another one of Dr. Potts' friends and went to see Saint Joseph's Oratory. After, we ate dinner in Chinatown Montreal.
On Monday we drove to Quebec City. We spent the next day and a half walking around the city and practicing our French. Some of the highlights were seeing the Château Frontenac, the Museum of Civilization, the Fort, Basilica of Notre-Dame de Quebec, the Parliament Building, Laval University, and Old Quebec.
Wednesday afternoon was spent exploring Ottawa: we saw Chinatown, Little Italy, the Canadian War Museum, the Parliament Building, the Peace Tower, the Supreme Court Building, the Château Laurier, the Rideau Canal, and the By Ward Market. We finished the day with an Indian dinner.
Before this trip I often thought of Canada as "the 51st state"; however, after experiencing the culture firsthand, I have a completely different view on Canada. It was a fantastic experience and I am very grateful for Dr. Potts, Dr. Puia, and everyone else who worked to make this trip possible.