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Prequel: A Brief History of my Family in France
Summer 1979: Renting an apartment
As soon as Geneviève arrived in Halifax, we started to look for an apartment. We found one in a high-rise in front of the Halifax Common.
A view of the the Halifax Common facing North
The Halifax Common, in local popular usage more often referred to as the Commons, is a Canadian urban park in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It is Canada’s oldest urban park.
The Commons were created initially in 1749.
The building where we rented an apartment during our first year in Halifax is on Robie Street and is named "The Welford".
The Welford building, on Robie Street, in Halifax
From the apartment, we could see the Commons across Robie Street. Just in front of the building, there is a softball diamond, one of several, and I have watched many games there between various amateur teams.
Geneviève registers at Dalhousie University
Geneviève wanted to have something meaningful to do in Halifax. As her visa did not allow her to work, she decided that she would study at the university. So, we went to Dalhousie University to see if she could register and we were told that she could, as she had graduated from high school.
Administration building at Dalhousie University
As it was rather late to register, there were only a few programs available. Geneviève chose to register in Health Education.
For the first semester, as her English was not very good, she decided to take as an elective French 101.
The professor, an American woman specialist of the French literature in the 18th century, saw that Geneviève would lose her time coming to her class, so she made a deal with her: Geneviève would come for two hours every week in her office, and they would spend half the time speaking French and the other half the professor would teach English to Geneviève.
If Geneviève would follow this schedule, she was guaranteed a mark of A+ in the course. What a good win-win situation!
As we came to Halifax with a little more than our clothes, we had to buy many things, including furniture, kitchen equipments and dishes.
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