We all know this delightful experience. We jet off to some far-flung corner of the world and at just the moment when it seems we couldn't be farther from home, we hear the familiar sound of Quebec French behind us. We turn around and greet our compatriots with a friendly "bonjour!" and watch the surprise on their faces.
It's an experience that, it turns out, thousands of Quebecers have shared.
A now-viral tweet by Twitter user @soobiedoo perfectly captured just what these moments feel like.
"Quebecers rly b everywhere," she wrote on July 28. "Bro like u can be on mount everest and u’ll hear someone b like 'bin oui ginette on descend bientôt.'"
The tweet has earned almost 10,000 likes and over 2,000 shares and comments.
Many of the commenters are sharing their own bizarre stories of encounters with fellow Quebecers in the most random places.
The whole thread is super touching and a testament to Quebec's international presence.
@soobiedoo, real name Fran, told MTL Blog that the inspiration for the tweet was a memory from her own trip to Europe.
"I was at the very peak of a mountain in Italy and we were literally the only ones at the top besides another couple who was walking around."
Then, "as they stared at the view besides us one of them went. 'esti que c'est beau icitte.'"
Some of the stories in the comments are just as delightfully random.
"true, met 2 quebec girls in a tiny village in a random hostel in south korea... I am a french speaking Ontarian though so maybe for others I count as one of them," wrote one Twitter user.
@soobiedoo true, met 2 quebec girls in a tiny village in a random hostel in south korea... I am a french speaking O… https://t.co/tSQwz64pUL— Co (@Co) 1596049302.0
@soobiedoo @beckybeck69 I was on a school trip in France and in a smallish village, my group and I met another grou… https://t.co/e7JbGNurCP— Yassi (@Yassi) 1596019953.0
For others, this is apparently a pretty normal travel experience.
@soobiedoo So true! I spotted some at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio in London, at a random hostel in Berlin..… https://t.co/tLhns4Vcac— Gabrielle (@Gabrielle) 1596268071.0
"So true! I spotted some at the Warner Bros Harry Potter Studio in London, at a random hostel in Berlin... Also I wanted to ask directions to random people 5 mins after I stepped foot in Paris & happened to stop a Quebecer who was literally from a small Québec town next to mine."
The surprise has worked to others' advantage.
@soobiedoo Standing in line in the Bangkok airport and I hear this lady talking shit in french about how I cut infr… https://t.co/IyfFKoQv9S— Baebian (@Baebian) 1596003297.0
"Standing in line in the Bangkok airport and I hear this lady talking shit in french about how I cut infront of her (she wasnt listening and the guards opened another line) Her eyes went like [O.O] when I spoke french back to her."
@soobiedoo On a random street corner in Prague, I come to a stop at the light and the couple next to me is straight… https://t.co/R331p5mAYY— Cath. (@Cath.) 1596032111.0
@soobiedoo @sad_heaux I was in London and one Quebecer dropped their phone and let out a powerful « TABARNAK SUZIE » 😂💀— jonathan (@jonathan) 1595989212.0
Fran's tweet even got the attention of Jean-François Lisée, former leader of the Parti Québécois, who shared his own story from a trip to Africa.
@soobiedoo Je suis au Zimbabwe, dans un coin rural, et sur la place du village, le haut-parleur diffuse: "Comme j'a… https://t.co/ZVsObWok7y— Jean-François Lisée (@Jean-François Lisée) 1596334785.0
"I'm in Zimbabwe, in a rural area, and in the village square, the loudspeaker broadcasts Marc Hamilton's 'Comme j'ai tjs envie d'aimer!'"
With pandemic restrictions, Quebecers now seem to be travelling extensively within Canada — to the surprise of some other Canadians.
@soobiedoo Yesterday in Toronto a groupe of 4 sitting not too far from us "iihhh tabarnak ye poh donné le steak hein"— Eve-Lyne (@Eve-Lyne) 1596030560.0
@soobiedoo Went to the beach yesterday and every license plate was from Quebec. I had to double check that I was still in Ontario.— Jemma Dooreleyers (@Jemma Dooreleyers) 1596036809.0
Québec, on t'aime.