First time listening to an old man play accordion to a flock of tired commuters.
First time for riding a city bus, which is a challenge at the best of times...
A first time for sitting on the back of a toboggan that's flying down an ice chute.
Also the first time I thought my life would end by bouncing off and drowning in the St. Lawrence.
First time standing in mist at below freezing temperatures. Oh - so below freezing.
First time smiling through teeth chatter.
First time for buying art off the street, while the seller surrounds me in a puff of cigarette smoke.
First time for getting so excited about a fireplace in a deserted courtyard.
First time hearing the New Year's Countdown in French. That apartment balcony looked like fun.
First time being chased out of the Citadel by a grumpy soldier, tired of tourists.
First time eating Maple Syrup creme brulee.
First time meeting a friend for several days, and then parting ways in a city neither of us know.
Firsts were done. Memories made.