Looking forward to the conference.
And dreading it at the same time.
Plus-side: I'll be meeting my Section's Standing Committee colleagues again.
Down-side: I'll feel so... helpless. When traveling in a foreign city, I sometimes have to learn the basics from scratch.
Like taking the bus.
I remember in Vienna, passengers have to press a button on the outside of the bus to open the bus door. The driver won't open the door for you unless they see you really need assistance.
So there I was, standing outside the door looking at the driver, expecting the door to to be opened for me.
The driver looking at me, probably thinking, "What's wrong with this fella?"
I'm thinking, "What's wrong with the driver? Why won't he open the door for me?"
In the end, he opened the door. And gave me a funny look.
I've been checking out these websites (after I did my preliminary research using a travel guide borrowed from the library). I tend to seek these information:
- Getting around
- Local customs & etiquette (e.g. tipping, greetings)
Found these quite useful:
- RTCquebec.ca - bus routes | new customers |
- Telegraphe.com - Transportation in Quebec
- WorldTravelGuide.com - getting around in Quebec City
- TripAdvisor.com - Before you go
- LanguageHelpers.com - French basics | MP3 (thanks to Vanessa for this one)
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