I took one small step forward in language acquisition today. I rented a post-office box to receive mail.
It was less the act of establishing a mail stop so much as the process that I found rewarding. I've arrived here with the barest of ability in French. But, I made a point to try to stick to that language while carrying out my errand-du-jour. It was a step beyond the basic transactional interactions I've been having up to now at the supermarket or the cafe. Those are far more formulaic:
I managed to keep about 80% of the transaction in French, though either the postmistress or I would occasionally lapse into English for the really sticky points.
Here's my new address:
C.P. 36006 2450 Boulevard Laurier Québec QC G1V 4W7 Canada
If you're reading this now do send me a letter or postcard. I will love you for it.