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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Packing for a mid-winter exchange

My daughter's exchange to Quebec is coming very quickly!  She is just starting her exams and then right after it will be time to go.  I admit to be very excited for her to have this opportunity, and also a little bit jealous.  I think this exchange is going to be such an amazing event and opportunity for her and the other students, and it may even spark a desire to participate in future, long(er)-distance exchanges. 

I know, she isn't thinking about packing yet, but I am.  I know that the bus will have limited cargo space and students will be given restrictions on the amount of luggage they can each take.   And, I am not used to packing for a winter time trip, when clothes are much more bulky and take up more space in a suitcase. 

photo source:  SEVEC

Since it is winter, and I think it is colder in Quebec than it is in our part of Ontario, I am planning to make sure she has lots of layering pieces to take.    She wears a lot of leggings, so I think comfortable, warm winter leggings are perfect for this trip.  Leggings are easy to pack and don't take up a lot of space and it is easy to mix and match a few outfits with a couple of pairs of leggings.    To pair  with the leggings, Emily has a few nice, patterned tuniques, which will look cute and also pack easily.

Her host has told her to bring skates.  This is a source of stress right now, as Emily has never enjoyed skating, nor does she own skates.  She told her host that she doesn't skate and he said that in Quebec everyone skates.  So, this weekend we will get out and pick up a pair of skates for her.  I am thinking a little practice before hand might not be too bad of an idea either.

As soon as exams are over,  I think we'll take an inventory of what she has and make a list of anything she might need picked up.  Scrambling the night before is status quo around here and I would love to feel relaxed and organized for her mid-winter exchange. 


Sny Med said...

I wish your daughter a great time in Quebec! It's sure to be a character-building experience for her. Wah, I bet you'll miss her, though!


Christine McN said...

Oh! I am SO excited for your daughter! You know I lived in Quebec for 23 years, so I always get excited when I hear friends talking about visiting! She'll have a blast!

When I was in high school, I did an exchange too! A group of us from Quebec went to BC for a week and the BC kids came to QC for a week. It was so much fun! A true learning experience in so many ways.

1. Learning to be away from home and family
2. Learning about a different part of our country
3. Learning about independence
4. Learning about new friendships
and so much more!!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I think leggings are the most comfortable thing of all (except jammies) to travel in. Good choice there!

mamawee said...

what an amazing experience! I hope she has a blast...and yes, leggings are super comfy

OrangeHeroMama said...

What an amazing opportunity for her!!!

Monica said...

What a fun opportunity for your daughter! I would have loved to have participated in an exchange like this. I'm sure she'll have a wonderful time and meet lots of great people and experience new and exciting things!

Brandi Yee said...

That's so exciting!! What a great opportunity for her. Hope she really enjoys the experience and learns a lot :) And dresses warm...hehehe

Wanda Tracey said...

I would love to give this to a special little girl wwwho I take care of.She is a big fan of Dora the Explorer.Thanks to SCCC for hosting this nice set.