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Day 4 of QC and IFLA

Started out the day by attending the session, Campaign for the World’s Libraries- @ your library.  ALA Director Michael Dowling presented as well as library Directors from Ontario, Canada and South Africa.

 Something that was said over and over again in all three presentations is that making partnerships is the key to stretch the message outside the library community, expand the reach.  Librarians can talk up the library until they are blue in the face, obv.; however, when you have a celebrity telling a group how important libraries are and how they helped him, it has a huge impact on people (i.e. ALA partners with MLB, etc.).  Utilize of partnerships to expand the program.

After the session I took the #11 bus to the Quebec Museum of Modern Art.  

A Louve exhibition is being held which I really wanted to check out; however, tickets are sold out through Friday, bah.  I walked through the permanent collection galleries, it has been really great to see Canadian Art, definitely not something observed in the U.S. with my experience.  I had lunch at the museum, read a book, drank some coffee, had some much needed down time. I tired to get into the library, but it was for museum staff only.

Later in the day I met up with Caralyn at the fountain.  What is it with people wanting their picture taken in front of fountains?  Caralyn had picked up a bottle of wine and with some bread and cheeses and we went back to her hotel and sat on the terrace.  Not only have I met some interesting people from around the world, but I have really been able to have great friendships with a couple of my classmates that probably would not have happened if we weren’t on this trip together.  

Then……. OMG…..get ready for this……FUN NIGHT!!!!!!

The conference sponsored a fun night at the convention.  Honestly, I was pessimistic.  What the hell is a fun night for a bunch of librarians from around the world?  Caralyn and I agreed to check it out, after all, we had two drink tickets we wanted to observe.  We walked in and there were over 200 dancing librarians.  It was the most beautiful thing.  They were really tearing it up, cutting a rug if you will.  There was jumping up and down, “head banging,” and tons and tons of sweat.  There was rock, reggae, hip-hop, “oldies,” something for everyone.  I absolutely loved every moment of this dance party.  We were there for a couple of hours and could have stayed longer, but once Jock Jams came on, I had to dip.  

However, I thought it was a great space for everyone to connect regardless of the language they spoke.  Wow, wow, wow.  This conference has made me feel embarrassed and incompetent due to my lack of language knowledge.  I am thinking of taking the next few months off, but maybe then I will take advantage of the Regent’s Scholarship to take some more language classes.  I have a Spanish background, but only what was required to graduate from the U.  It is unbelievable how many people here speak multiple languages, what’s up with the U.S.’s education system when it comes to language?


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Day 4 in Montreal

Last night we went to Chu Chai for dinner, a vegetarian Thai restaurant.

The menu was quite extensive everything from tofu to vegetarian fish and shrimp (made of soy as well).  I had the vegetarian shrimp, baby corn and mushrooms with five sauces.  Lets just say the shrimp looked a little to real for me and had the texture and flavor of real shrimp; my gag reflux prevented me from eating the shrimp.  I thought I should try it out though since the only vegetarian options in the 651/612 are tofu and mock duck.

We also had tofu like sandwiches for our appetizer.  It was a fried triangle of tofu sliced with cucumber, cilantro and a secret sauce, it was really one of the best appetizers I have had.


So today

Breakfast consisted of orange juice, apricot juice, coffee, fresh fruit (melon, water melon and blue berries w/ yogurt) and tomato and onion quiche.  Again, delicious.

Then, obviously, we went shopping.  That is all I will say about that.

We made our way back downtown to the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Montreal (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts).  The temporary exhibition was Love:  Yves Saint Laurent.  YSL was in the original building along with the Canadian and design perminant collection.

It was pretty amazing to see his cloths and how they evolved, what a brilliant man.  What he did for women’s clothing is amazing.  It takes a couple of years to pull an exhibition together and YSL just passed away this year; he was the only living designer to have an exhibition of his work while still alive.

Directly across the street is the rest of the permanent collection in the expansion.

To my surprise you could take photos in the galleries as long as you did not use a flash.  This was not really all that exciting until I found this:










Yeah, that is A Panel of Experts by Jean-Michel Basquiat. That painting totally made my day.

After the museum, we remembered it is a good idea to eat lunch, even if it was already 4pm.  We found a little crepe shop and shared a nutella and banana crepe.

After the crepe, we needed to get out of the rain so we found another underground shopping “mall.”  The mall is connected to the subway so we jumped on it and made our way back for some nap time and blog time.  Tomorrow, Mucha goes home and I continue on to Quebec City by bus.  It is a 3.5 bus ride so I should get caught up on my reading and video gaming.  Tomorrow night is the Welcome for U.S. delegates at IFLA.  Oh man, I am kind of getting tired of living out of a suite case.


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Day 2 in Montreal (still in Canada)

Last night’s dining experience was, well an experience.  We went to Spirits

Our server was our cook.  As we entered the complex, there were no bonjours or hellos exchanged, rather a “Have you been here before?  Do you know its vegan?”  No.  And yes were our replies.  Actually I did not know it was vegan, but all the better.  We found an empty table outside (there were other people so we knew we would be ok.)  The server/cook came to our table and proceeded to say, “So I propose a meal for you for $15 each.  The rules are you have to eat everything on your plate.  You will have soup and then crepe with vegetables.  You can buy a bottle of water for $2.  There is a standard portion size and a smaller portion size, which would you like?”  Ok, if we have to eat everything on this plate we better go for the smaller portion.    Just keep remembering there are other people here, we will be ok.

The food was great, but we were still a little creaped out by the place.


So back to today.  We woke up and it was kind of rainy.  We went down for breakfast which consisted of coffee, orange juice, apricot juice, melon and blueberries with that awesome yogurt, toast and really awesome eggs.  

After breakfast due to the weather we decided to go to the Musee d’art contemporain de Montreal.  Then a funny thing happened, this dude approached Mucha and I and asked us for directions in French.  We starred at him for a bit, 1.  because how the hell did he think we would know where he wanted to go (we must look like we are Montrealites) and 2. the whole French thing has put us at a disadvantage.  We basically blurted out “English” and then everyone involved laughed and went on their way.  Mucha and I know these little French phrases to use, put when put to the test, we totally forget and become naive Americans.

We checked out the Nothing is Lost, Nothing is Created, Everything is  Transformed exhibition and the Music Video exhibition.  I love love love music videos, every Sunday night I stay up to watch Logo’s New Now Next videos.  Anyway, all the videos were done by Montreal directors.  I really enjoyed PopCultre by Creature:

We also visited the library at the MACM. OMG! I really think I have picked the right field because every time I walk into I library, I am in complete awe.   I just get so excited and I am so proud of what the library provides for its users.  A quote on the library’s brochure states, “Information has become a work of contemporary art.”  They are not lying.  This library had monographs, serials, catalogs, microfilm, VHS, and DVD.  There were video equipment stations, a few computers and plenty of tables.  It is a pretty great space.

Then we went shopping in the underground city.  Montreal has tons and tons of boutiques underground so the cold winters do not put a damper on everyone’s fashion needs.  Thank gawd.  Montreal is one stylish place, everyone is beautiful and well dressed and really cool because they all smoke [read sarcasm].  Hard core smoke.  Weird, when I was in Winnipeg, Manitoba a few years ago, no one smoked and all the cigarette packs had dead babies on them.  Oh how territories are different…just like states.

All that shopping made us hungry.  Obv.  We stopped at a vegetarian restaurant called Commensal.


It was pretty awesome; it was like an Old County Buffet for vegetarians!

We did some more shopping and then walked back to the B&B to get a little rest before the rest of the night.  

However, we did pass some striking hotel employees, guess it is a good thing we were thinking outside of the box a little when making accommodation reservations.


Off to the Radiohead show.

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