Post-Trip Recollections

Well, after four-ish days of going from Montreal to Cornwall, Ontario to Ottawa, my parents and I returned home Friday night. It was a nice if too brief trip and I thought I’d share it here.

Tuesday was easily the busiest day, of course. We had to fly out by 7:15am and bummed around Montreal’s airport until my aunt could pick us up before noon. From there, we got a little lost as we made our way to downtown Montreal. My aunt’s boyfriend had put in the right street but wrong number, so we ended up backtracking to Medisys (the site for my medical exam). After being forced to park along the street (pretty packed area), my parents joined me as I headed to the 11th floor and waited at reception. Since they’re a clinic that also does general exams besides immigration ones, it was a little busy. After filling out some general health forms, I was soon called by a doctor for a physical examination. It was quick and not too in-depth, which was nice. From there, the next hour or two was spent alternating between waiting and going with doctors for an x-ray, bloodwork, and eye exam. I thankfully didn’t have to get any vaccinations done, and when I went up to pay, I opted to have them mail the results to me. I’ll be checking on that this week just to be safe, but I’m just glad the whole process was pretty smooth sailing.

After getting out of some insane traffic, we made our way to Cornwall and basically relaxed at my aunt’s house the rest of the day. Wednesday was also a laid back day. My parents went for walks to some stores and an outdoor market, while my cousin and I spent time talking to each other and surfing on our computers. I even got some sun and took a walk down to the closest gas station to pick up munchies and some slushies for us. We wrapped up that day playing Phase 10 (a card game) with my mom, and my cousin easily beat us. She’s had way too much practice (lol).

Thursday, much like Tuesday, was also pretty busy but in a fun way. We took my cousin to a care home after lunch (she’s in a wheelchair) and met some of her friends there. They hang out and make things like stuffed animals, scented candles and jewelry. It gives them something to do for an afternoon and they even get to sell their stuff for a small profit. My mom was more than happy to oblige and picked up some gaudy rings and a stuffed Detroit Red Wings bear for my dad. We left the place around 3pm, and after picking up my aunt’s boyfriend, we made our way to the US border. There’s a reserve just past it that houses an enormous casino, easily the biggest one I’ve been to so far. While my aunt’s boyfriend went to gamble after helping us sign our for memberships, the rest of us grabbed food in preparation for the casino’s nightly bingo. It was also the biggest bingo I’d been to and it was a bit hectic to keep up with, since the caller was fast and you could look at TV screens to see each ball as they came up. It also didn’t help that my mom had convinced me to try playing 18 cards at once, so those games were kinda stressful. Still, we had a lot of fun and even found a little time for the casino. We didn’t win anything in the end in either case, but I’d definitely go back if given the chance.

Finally, my aunt drove us out with my cousin in tow to Ottawa’s airport the next morning so we could catch our flight back home. We weren’t too sad to leave them as they’ll be visiting us at the end of August, but it was a quicker trip than we normally would’ve liked. Despite this all initially being for me to do my medical exam, I’m glad we made a mini-vacation out of it. Now I’m just excited for the 24th to get here, ’cause my fiance and I will get a mini-vacation of our own.

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