We saw whales yesterday!! Not the blue whales I had hoped for … but we saw a humpback whale jump out of the water … twice!! I laughed and cried overwhelmed by joy and a feeling of wonder.

And later another humpback was circling around a school of krills sending up air bobbles so the krills couldnt escape. Attacking them from beneath it rouse to the surface w open mouth right in front of me! And we saw quite a few water fountains from their blowholes followed by their back arching on the descent. A few were mink whales, the rest humpbacks. And Andreas saw 4 dolphins playing along the side of the boat. He wasnt really spending much energy on whale watching, most of the time he had his nose in a book but was intelligent enough to raise his head for the jumping whale and a whale back from time to time. Jonas was the least lucky of the four of us, but he took a few pictures .. mostly of water 😉 To me the whale cruise was even more special because the theme of my life for the moment is Surrender to what is … and at the cruise I surrendered trying to know that it was not in my hands and power whether I saw a single whale back or not … and then I saw a WHOLE whale … and a whale feeding! As if God was saying: Just surrender and your life will be better than you can ever dream of.

13 different types of whales are seen off Tadoussac on the North Shore of St. Lawrence River that runs past Quebec City to somewhere around Greenland. I am improving my knowledge of the geography of Canada, but it is still quite limited. But I start slowly to get an idea of how vast the country is: We saw a movie the other day where some men should look for a crashed plane in an area â€where you can put Europe twice and still have room for Greenlandâ€. And yesterday we drove from Tadoussac to Pointes-de-Montes w the following road description: Follow route 138 2½ hour north, in the round-about go straight, follow the road another hour, turn right, go to the end of the road. Yet another idea of the vastness of the American continent I got the night before Tuna came to visit us. He lives on the west coast of US close to the border of Canada; so to me we were very close to him … we are 4000km away! but of course thats closer than the usual 10.000km 🙂

Tired from the boat ride including a trip into the Sagynac Fjord ( I dont think Ive got the spelling right), which really resembles a fjord, we headed for our favorite cafe in Tadoussac: Cafe Boheme. Their broccoli soup is excellent to all 4’s opinion … and so is the rest of the food. And they speak English (a rarity outside of Montreal) … and even though they are busy they have time for extra services and a laugh. We will stop there on our way back!

3 hours of driving in the most beautiful country … it is close to NZ in beauty … but so much bigger! Every now and then there are lakes often surrounded by trees, sometimes the ocean … oh sorry the river(!) can be seen, low mountains, rocks … and occasionally a small town and luckily a petrol station. On the way we drove behind a pace car (follow this car!) – when it pulled in we accelerated to the amazing speed of 90km/h 🙂

The roads of Canada are not in too good condition – many miles of road and strong winters. In the Northern Quebec all water is distributed by car – the tubes would freeze during winter … if they had managed to bury them in the permanently frozen ground! Especially bumpy parts of the road is occasionally marked by a sign now named Ibsen as it shows a wave structure similar to the ones Michael and his company are working w. The energy in the car differed quite a lot: In the back Gabriel and Jonas were snoring. In the front Andreas and I were giggling as if we had been drinking.

It rained and was getting darker. The kids insisted on (checking w their higher selves) that we headed for a light house where there was supposed to be rooms or at least a camp ground. We have borrowed Martins tent and sleeping mattresses just in case. We arrived: Red and white striped lighthouse on a small rock island and no one around! So I started calling Bon Soir and finally found Ann. Of course she had a room for us … and later the most delicious seafood dinner to the sound of classical music and a “knirkende†lonely window!

Today Andreas read 200 pages while Gabriel and Jonas and I ran on the rocks outside the lighthouse. For Gabriel it was a bit of a challenge but he enjoyed it immensely. I managed to convince Jonas to make a bit of math … not something he has done too much of lately. And I spent quite a long time on the deck reading .. and looking for whales, – no luck this time. At dinner we had … seafood. Andreas has for some time enjoyed more varied food – he almost has an adults taste. Jonas is still more critical to what he eats but he is much more willing to try new food and he is curious to new combinations of tastes … all thanks to Martins gentle talk on the variety of tastes the other day – thank you, Martin!

Presently, I sit writing this and emails w a pearl-decorated lamp on one side and my cup of coffee on the other side, knowing that above me three wonderful kids are sleeping and to my right a km or so away whales are swimming 🙂