Flat Alex

A fun piece written by Allison Blair of Bravo Ministries (also known here as the Musaga project link in French ) about a young man from Quebec City who I also had the pleasure to meet (a clipping of my article about their adventure is at the bottom).

Bravo Ministries, Burundi

It was a blue sky and sequin-white cold February day at Quebec High School when I first met Alex, 2014 AD.

Alex Bourlinguez with his teacher Geneviève and map of his travels in Quebec Alex Bourlinguez with his teacher Geneviève and map of his travels in Quebec

Youthful energy bounced and pulsated all around the room, but our particular lunch group had a special, separate dignity. Despite the central heating I remained swathed in a my Quebec winter hat or toque (from Value Village, or Village de ‘Velours’) and down jacket as the serious business of discovering what the various mums had packed for lunch proceeded with the inevitable bargaining and touching generosity.

As much as gorgeous Daniel beside me ploughed through every morsel without a single word, Alex bantered, blustered and beamed. Perpetual dialogue.

Little did I know as I passed around Mum’s ginger snaps the adventures I was to share with Alex in warmer climes…Little did I know we were to…

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About msmarguerite

Young Quebec City-based freelance journalist. once and future nomad. I blog about life, about travel, about things I notice and every so often about work. I enjoy language learning, singing, swing dancing, skating and...other stuff, sometimes. My heart is somewhere in East Africa, Haiti or Eastern Europe. English, français, русский, malo slovensko, un poco de espanol, um pouco de português ndiga ikirundi, mwen ap aprann kreyòl...
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