This weekend Lara and I had a few friends over. It was actually an experiment that worked out great. We had a mock-UN social at our place. I’ll explain. I have a writer friend Robert, who is an English speaking Canadian. His girlfriend is a new immigrant from Italy. She is a curator for the Canadian Center of Architecture (preparing an exhibition on India). Another friend, Christianna, is PhD student in communications from the Caribbean and she married an MSF doctor from Belgium. There were also the 2 Egyptian sisters who had studied in France. One worked as a consultant for NGO in international development issues and the other was a Canadian Forces Captain (or something). My Indian friend didn’t show up neither did the Cuban-Armenian and his wife the French Canadian. No problem.
I can honestly say that we had an amazing time talking about everything from culture to politics from religion to ski resorts from India to Armenia to the “great” American Leader… needless to say that all this was done over many bottles of wine and lots and lots of food.
Montreal is such a great city for that. People here don’t lose their heritage. They are still very attached to their culture and are truly proud of it. Languages, accents and diversity are praised in this city. This is something I will miss when I am settled one day in Armenia. I know some of you are saying well our city too has lots or immigrants and restaurants from different cultures of the world, but I think Montreal has a tolerance for more than ethnic food and visual differences. I think it enjoys the political and historic baggage. It does not force assimilation like most cities in France and the US.
Changing the subject: I missed Piliguian’s presentation on System of a Down… There was also a dance performance on Saturday… missed it too.
I will not miss Nune’s concert this weekend though… however (this really sucks) I will miss out on the opening of Ararat. All of the loggers, I think, have talked about having seen it and reviewed it and so on… I, as a Canadian will get to see much much later then anticipated. OK, here’s that story. I had agreed to attend a baptism in Toronto (6 hour drive). But who knew that Atom would release this film over the same weekend… hmph!
Off for some squash later. Can any of the loggers in Armenia find out if there is a squash court in Armenia please?
I can’t wait for this summer… Armenia here I come!
PS: Ara… what picture are you talking about?