Carnival Time

Sooooo my second visit to Quebec City took this place last weekend with (who else but) HEChange. We were going for the 400th aniversary of the Winter Carnival and the party spirit was definatly embraced!!! Following our arrival at lunch time we did manage to do about 1 hour of tourism before hitting the bars and sampling some local brew. Post pub we went like good little tourists to the ice hotel - one seriously amazing place to stay! It takes 22 men working 24h a day for 6 weeks to build the hotel at a cost of $105 million! All this for a building that will be little more than a giant puddle of water come april! Everything is lit by fiber optics because they don't emit heat and melt the place, and seriously EVERYTHING was made of ice from the chairs to the bed to the cups you drink out of. Also they have a chapel out the back where you can get married - seriously romantic but bloody freeeeeeezing!! Talking of cold, they give you a 30 minute lesson before you go to bed so that you know how to surive the night in a room made of ice!!!

Obviously there had to be more alcohol involved in the weekend!!! So after a quick visit to SAQ for our screwtop wine, we ordered room service and lapped up the luxury of hotel living. Then we headed to the same night club as last time (Chez Mourice) and to everyone's (my) amazement Jenna made it to the night club!!!

Sunday morning was a hungover blur however there is nothing better to blow those cobwebs away than a day in the mountains! We had a day of snow as we leant to snowshoe and went dogsledding in the woods for a few hours! Snowshoeing was hilarious!!! At first it seemed like the most pointless activity on the planet and it would have been easier to walk without the monsterous tennis racket attached to your feet however you soon realise that the snow is waist deep below and serious hilarity develops as you slowly sink sans racket! So with an increased love for the bonkers sport and we're planning to do some more next weekend.

Dog sledding was just as good as you can imagine! A serious princess vibe was happenning whilst you are getting pulled along in the sled and then as the driver you fell a bit like Father Christmas. An hour of dog bonding later it was time to return to Montreal cold, wet, but very happy :-)

NICE TIMES NICE TIMES!!! Next trip.....Ottawa this weekend :-D

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