24 hours in La Capitale

Confession: I don’t know how to travel in cities. Seriously. I spent the time I was in Quebec City wondering what exactly I was supposed to do. So, I did the things I thought I was supposed to do, ate an onion soup, and moved on.

Don’t get me wrong, Quebec is a beautiful city. But most of my experiences have been passing through, either for a day at Carnaval or a stop after a ski weekend at Mont Ste-Anne. I’m still not exactly sure, particularly outside of winter, what I was supposed to see there.

I did the funiculaire, stared awkwardly at Chateau Frontenac, drank a decadent hot chocolate, walked up a fuck ton of stairs….

And remembered that I don’t really do cities. I had the same experience during a 24 hour layover in Vancouver earlier this year. Every so often, I find myself somewhere I think I’m supposed to want to travel to. And I usually end up kind of aimlessly wandering, asking myself “Is this fun? Am I doing this right?

I’ve learned over the past few years that I prefer travelling in the mountains, to the beaches, the countryside and small towns. I spent exactly 3 hours in Portland, but 8 just at Mount St Helens. Sometimes, a city clicks like New York, but most of the time I end up kind of shrugging my shoulders, finding coffee, and moving on.

The goal of this trip was thankfully not to stare at the Citadelle (or use its bathroom, true story) but to go to Mud Girl Run. Basically, a beginner Spartan style race for women.

In the end, after a few hours of attempting to play tourist, we gave up and went back to the hotel.

All I’m going to say is, give me an arcade in the amenities and I’m happy. Add some wine, a hot tub, and a talking parrot and I’ll give you at least a 4 star review.

For anyone that saw those IG Live stories that night, well…. this should explain what the jumping and yelling about Yoshi was about! And as for Mud Girl… well… super fun, super muddy, but swimming when its 3 degrees out is brutal.

Moral of the story: if you come across a Mario Bros Rio Olympics arcade game, give it all your money immediately. I need one of these in my living room.

Author: samishness

Hello! As far as I can remember, movement has been a big part of my life. Travelling, planning travel and hypothetical trips have just been part of who I am since I was a kid hording travel pamphlets from rest stops on I91. I've graduated to blogging about travel from my days writing binders full of stories about talking horses.

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