I just returned from a long weekend in Montreal, where I visited relatives and was thrown headfirst into the world of teen adventure travel and summer camp directors. It was a crazy weekend, and the training actually incorporated a full-fledged color war into the event – including an official “Glee Olympics” tournament with song, dance and cheer. Here are a few (more) of my “Oh Canada!” moments:
- Say what you will about the airline industry, but Air Canada provided us with food and beverage on a 50 minute flight, as well as a selection of free TV shows and movies on personal screens that were available prior to takeoff and continued following landing.
- The technology at the airport was amazing. At customs and boarding, my scanned boarding pass brought up a photo of my checked baggage on a computer, and I was asked to confirm that the items belonged to me. New cool technology and having a photo on file does wonders if you ever lose your baggage.
- Canada, your borders are safe. (At least the ones at the airport.) I got grilled for a good ten minutes about the nature of my visit, my “counseling job”, where I studied undergrad, what I studied, and finally, about “What I thought about Canada”!
- Lastly, I just found out that Montreal is home to Cirque de Soleil and one of the top circus schools in the world. WAY cool!
I am totally exhausted, but am psyched for the summer and to meet my staff at pre-camp weekend in Montreal this June.
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