Sherbrooke is a lovely little town in Quebec, Canada. I spent some time there a few years ago when I was visiting my friend while she was studying abroad. As it was during the school year, I had a lot of free time to myself to explore Sherbrooke. And let me tell you, it is beautiful! Charming streets with beautiful old buildings, and in October, the Autumn colours were out in full swing! I’ve decided to share with you some of my favourite pictures I took from Sherbrooke, Quebec. (I’m going back to Canada in a couple of months, can you tell I’m excited?!)
(Not So) Fluent in French
Sherbrooke, Quebec is a French-speaking town. It took a couple of days to psyche my 21-year-old self up to not being self conscious about (trying to) speak French. I wrongly assumed that everyone would be able to speak French AND English. I had just come from a couple of days in Montreal where everyone would say “Bonjour, Hello” to greet you. But Sherbrooke is a small town, and there were definitely times that I was met with blank stares after a pathetic, thick Scottish accent attempt at “Parlez-vous Anglais?” I got it eventually though. And successfully managed to order food and coffee on multiple occasions! Thank you High School French Class.
Little Town in Canada, Major City in Scotland
Sherbrooke, Quebec has such a quaint, small town feel to it, and I guess it is by Canada’s standards. But when reasearching for this post I found out that it has a population of roughly 150,000. Compare that to Aberdeen, one of the major cities in Scotland, which has a population of 230,000 and you’ll see what I mean. But then again, Canada is 41 times bigger than the UK, which is in turn 3 times bigger than Scotland. So bascially I think I’ve just realised how big the world is!
One of the days I was in Sherbrooke staying at a BNB I wasn’t feeling like going out and struggling to talk to people. With the help of Google I saw there was a McDonalds in town. Finally, something familiar! (You would think I was in Malaysia or something and not a country with basically the same culture as home. I was so young ha) I got ready and excitedly followed Google Maps to the address of McDonalds. Can you guess what happened next? Go on, guess.
I rock up to the address and to my utter dismay… it’s a salon. Deflated, I walk to the nearest shop I could find, bought some crisps and chocolate and made my way back to the BNB where I set up camp for the day and watched Ellen. Needless to say my first solo travel experience was pretty much me overwhelming myself with stress. I like to tell myself that everyones first solo travel was probably the same. It makes me feel better.
All in all, Sherbrooke, Quebec is a charming little town. It’s a bit out of the way – an hour or two on the bus from Montreal – but I would definitely recommend a visit! I would love to go back now and explore some more as a (slightly) more confident traveller.
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