After waking up in our beautiful 40$-each beds (those are a whole different experience from 30$-beds, seriously!), we decided to stroll through the old downtown. We actually planned to visit the Quebec Ice Hotel, but got advised that it is 20$ to get in and have a drink – and a twenty just to see some frozen water was too expensive for us.


Those puppets are distracting from the fabulous clothes


Chateau Frontenac – this giant was built for the sole purpose of being a hotel


St. Lawrence River / St. Laurent River / St. Laurenz River / River of the Thousand Spellings


One of the great things in QC city: A ice sled race! You have to drag the heavy sleds up the hill, those seemingly sketchy constructions of wood and polished metal, sit down and SWOOOOSHHH down the ice lanes.


maple syrup, frozen, in little cones


Peter and me, sledding for 2$ each… a fucking fast sport


All the ice scukptures get cracks due to the warm weather. This one is made for looking through the hole and being an Inuit on the photo.


Roman architecture in QC city … something’s wrong here..


the large silos at the harbor

We witness a rudder boat race in the harbor area:


The start, on huge ice floes


…out of the harbor…


…and at least 500m across the ice cold river, full of miniature icebers and ice floes. Amazing what those guys do.

Once during the noon time I provoked Peter and Kevin to make a snowball fight with me on an ice-covered parking lot. They are both old men, so the team distribution is:

KEV&PETE VS. TOBY

Pretty fair, actually. A second chance arises at the harbor inmidst of some beautiful government buildings. I provoke them again, and hit Pete right in the face on my first attempt. It’s on, bitch … you got served.
And because they actually both want to serve me back, I land some other nice hits while they have troubvle balancing on the flat ice. Pete throws a ball right in my back – well done sir – but upon turning around, he slips, learns flying for a moment, and hits the ground hard with his chin.
The chin is bleeding, but his main pain is somewhere at the joint of jawbone and skull. A security guard comes running out of one of the government buildings, and is soon joined by pedestrians who turn out to be medicas at the Canadian Forces. They ask Pete something related to spine injury, I guess:

  • Did you lose consciousness?
  • Do your extremities – feet or hands – burn, is there pain?
  • Does your neck hurt?

All the questions were answered with a no, but another security guard comes the way with a jeep. When the medics tell Pete who is already wrapped in a warming blanket that he will have pain but is good to go, the security guard objects – he already called the ambulance.
Some legal formality; if you get hurt on government grounds, you need to sign a paper to a paramedic stating that you are fine and will not sue the government… or so.


Security guard, the skater without ice skates, and the military medic


Weee-weee … 25 min later six people with two cars came to help. The female paramedic was pretty hot.


Survived!

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