I was reading this and wondering how anyone was going to get a mega event in the cold depths of the winter in Quebec - I thought the date was d/m/y. Now that I've figured out it's actually August, I've put it on my calendar for next summer and will plan around it. Best I can do at the moment!
I was happy when I saw your post, an announcement wrote by a Maine geocacher for Maine geocachers.
But as a matter of fact, we had a text to post as an official announcement on non-francophone forums. We were waiting for the final translation in English. We even had 2 different versions of the announcement. The first one in a more "traditional" style of writing, and the second one in a more, let's say "punchy", style of writing. I'll let you chose which one you prefer...
Québec City will be celebrating its 400th anniversary in the summer of 2008. For this occasion, the "Amicale des Géocacheurs de la Grande Région de Québec" (AGGRQ) and the "Association Géocaching Québec" (AGQ) have the pleasure to invite you to a monster get-together for geocachers on August 2nd 2008 in Québec City, Canada.
In the past, several Geocaching Events were held in Québec. In honour of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City, we are going ahead and organizing an Event on an international scale.
In this mindset, Groundspeak gave us a great challenge: If we manage to reach the goal of 650 "Will attend", Groundspeak intends to change the status of our Event to the rare and prestigious status of "Mega-Event", which would be a first in Canada.
While waiting for the publication of the Event on geocaching.com, we invite you to pre-register now by filling in the Online Pre-registration Form available on our new website "Rendez-vous Québec 2008":
Thanks for helping us reach the challenge launched by Groundspeak and happy geocaching!
Your organizing committee
Here ye! Here ye! Here ye! Geocachers
Quebec City will be celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2008. For this occasion l'Amicale de la Grande Région de Québec (AGGRQ) has joined up with l'Association Géocaching Québec (AGQ) and have the pleasure to invite you to a monster get-together for geocachers on August 2nd 2008 in Quebec City, Canada.
In the past, we have organized quite a number of Events in Quebec but for the 400th anniversary of Quebec City we are planning a huge International Event. Now you don't want to miss that, do you?
Groudspeak is challenging us to meet the goal of 650 "Will Attend" and if we do, it will be declared a "Mega Event" - a first in Canada. Now what about that!
While you wait for the publication of the Event on geocaching.com why not pre-register now on our brand new site "Rendez-Vous Québec 2008".
Thanks for helping us reach our goal of 650 "Will Attend". We'll be waiting for you and Bienvenue à Québec.
Your organizing committee
Now, your first French lesson.
French abbreviations used in the logbooks:
PAT: Premier à trouver (FTF)
RP: Rien pris (TN)
RL: Rien laissé (LN)
RPRL: Rien pris, rien laissé (TNLN)
SL: Signé le log (SL)
MPLC: Merci pour la cache (TFTC)
DAT: Deuxième à trouver (STF)
TAT: Troisième à trouver (TTF)
A few tips:
-For the ones that have never had a passport, your original birth certificate is sent along with your application and returned with the passport.
-If you have a passport and it is expired, still bring it with you. That will make life much easier, and they will not need your birth certificate. If your old passport is lost and expired, you will need to fill out the "lost" form.
-Do not sign the application until you are at the post office, you must take an oath.
-Bring your driver's license and make sure they are current (addresses).
-Bring name change information if you have changed your name.
-Roughly three weeks after submission, you can check status of your application at the passport website.
Hope this helps!
Cameo - we nominate you for GCM Official Travel Agent! Great job!
I do what I can....
Also, if you show up without your expired one, they will make you fill out the "lost passport" form....
Did you just get your passports back recently or was that a while ago?