So, Mike, you were born in Europe,
but grew up in Canada.
Have you been back to Europe?
Yeah, uh, I've been back to Europe on a couple of occasions.
The first time, I guess I went back to Europe was in 1989,
1990, when I went to visit my brother who was studying in
France in Paris, studying business at one of the business schools
there. And during the trip, I'd, we'd rented a car, so we were
driving around the country and one of the best memories I had
was when we drove into Leon, in the center of France, and the
people were really friendly, really fantastic and we just met some
people in a bar who then invited us out to their cottage, in the
country, the following day for a pig roast.
A pig roast!
What is a pig roast? You put a pig on a stick?
Yeah, well, that's exactly, we had no, we thought it was just a
barbeque but we drove through this tiny road into the middle of
the forest it seemed, and, there was this, we came to a cottage,
a small wooden, very old-looking cottage, and next to it there
were roasting a gigantic pig on a big spit over an open fire,
(Wow!) and there was one, one of the people that we met
was there turning the spit so that the pig was being, obviously was being
well-cooked, and he'd been there for several hours
already doing this by the time we arrived about
1:00 in the
afternoon, and it was
interesting. It was amazing. They told us the history
little cottage that belonged to one of the people. It was several
hundred years old, and apparently, it used to be a hide-out for
Yeah! Yeah, and it looked like a wooden shack. It didn't
really look like something, which would be perfect as a
hide-out because no one would suspect it. But it was
fascinating. They even had pictures on the walls of two
of the pirates that I guess visited or had visited been there
during that time, and so, a lot of, just it's incredible, the history,
and the culture that you'll find in that small little shack in the
woods, in the middle of Leon.
That is cool!
Yeah, that is neat.
That is really cool! Nice, so um, what happened?
You had lunch and then you..
We had the pig roast, and obviously some wine and just had
a great time. Got to meet all kinds of really new and interesting
people and talk about the history of the place, and the actual,
the region, the Loire valley, which is just famous for castles and
for wine, very historic area in France.
Mm, that sounds nice!