After 9 hours and a half by plane here I am with my new lovely family in Granby! There is Jeremy, Annie, Grabriel, Caroline and behind us my new very big yellow house!
The day after my arrival we had a very good breakfast all together with waffles and maple syrup stuff. I love that!
We have a lot of fun playing tennis, for me was the first time but I am proud of me I was able to catch the ball!
Afte lunch we went to pick blackberries and to say goodbye to the neighbors, the are very kind person. It was very hot like 30 degrees so we went in their swiming pool but it was very cold so we moved into their hydromassage!!! Amazing.
For dinner we went to Caroline’s parents, the live near the bordering with USA. They have a very lovely house where we eat corn with butter and salt! I really like the food here is not too bad like in USA, they eat healthy and equilibrated.
Today I am going to meet the director of my school. He permit me to attend the international study program I am so happy for that!
I already love living here.
AFS finally sent me the family application. I am going to live in Granby, a town in southwestern Quebec, located east of Montreal (it is 1 hour from Montreal and 1 hour from the USA border with the state of Vermont).
The city has more or less 60 000 people and it is a regional center for industries (textile, lumber, dairy products) and commercial zone, but is also a tourist town, due to the presence of the important Granby Zoo. I don’t really like zoo but I don’t care I don’t have to go if I don’t want. I think they are such a sad place for all the animals which are locked up in cages or pans instead of being free.
Granby is home to Autodrome Granby one of Canada’s largest dirt oval racing tracks! This attraction hosts professional racing teams every Friday night from May to September. I have never been to racing tracks I think it should be cool and fun: I am looking forward to see it.
Granby has a humid continental climate. It has significant variations of temperature with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm but relatively short and winters are also short but cold and sometimes very cold. Transitional seasons are also not very long, but with significant variations of temperature between adjacent months. Precipitation is quite high, resulting in rainy summers and snowy winters. I am a bit scared about winter temperatures, where I live it is quite cold in December or Genuary like 3/5 Celsius degrees below zero but it is nothing compared with -20° C or more!!!
There is a mountain near my family house where you can ski also in the evening. I really like skiing so that’s amazing!
Granby is also home to the Galeries de Granby regional shopping mall which has 106 stores!!! I absolutely love shopping I hope I will find some good friends to go with.
The family house is 5 minutes away from the downtown. My host family describe the place as a pretty friendly social environment. The neighborhood has 20 houses and my host family know almost all of the neighbors. There is a cycle path close the house and also some horse ranches not far. I am not a horse rider but maybe one time I should try. My best friend Matilde loves horses and she is a good rider, she could be proud of me!
Big hug ★★★