Note to self (#61)—Two weeks is not nearly enough time to cross two countries.
Note to self (#62)—When you're rushing across two countries in only two weeks you have, like, zero time to get to know the amazing, generous, wonderful people who've made it possible; not just possible, but heart-filling good.
The drive through Montreal was a lot like driving through a big city, even though we only skirted the south side. I lost track of miles and time and finally just couldn't wait, so we stopped at an information center to use the bathroom. Nicole was extremely friendly and helpful. We helped ourselves to the basket of free local apples.
As we walked out I asked Sue how much further it was; it seemed like we should have less than an hour. She said "The last two measurements just say 'm' instead of a distance; like, we go up here 40m, then up another 120m and we're there."
Um, that's like, we could probably see their house from where we were standing. I coulda waited.
We arrived just as Cristina's oldest was getting home from school so they were standing outside as we drove by. They were still standing outside as we turned around and actually pulled into the driveway.
And so, we're here. As soon as I resurface from the mountain of work that's built up, I promise we'll share more about the tactics and strategies that made the trip work (and the ones we're bagging because they were hopeless) and tell you all about how to make it work when 8 people (half of them young children) share a single bathroom.