Going Global at the Biosphere
Trip Start Apr 10, 2007
7Trip End Apr 15, 2007
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As we walked towards Vieux Montreal for a little gift shopping, we took in the feel of the city once again. Lively, metropolitan, sophisticated; a city well planned and very culturally diverse. We have noticed that most people here are bilingual--French and English--and many seem to speak three or four languages. A noticeable difference from the states, where English rules and people who do not speak English are often looked down on.
Being immersed in a city, where the prominent language is not our native language, has given us a different perspective of how it must feel for non-English speaking people in the states to function on a daily basis. This is how tolerance of others is fostered. Walk a mile in another man's shoes and you get the chance to see life from a different perspective. However, we do value the necessity of learning the language of any city you visit or choose to live.
So, we walked and shopped and enjoyed the sights of the old city. A street performer entertained a group of tourists with a hodge-podge of jokes and odd tricks, New Orleans French Quarter-style. We stop in a few shops, strolled the streets, and even saw our friend, Dominique the carriage driver, as she guided her beast through the streets with a group of visitors in tow.
As we looked across the St. Laurent River to St. Helen's Island, Anita was reminded that she wanted to visit the Biosphere to get a glimplse of what that unusual dome featured.
The Biosphere was erected in 1967 for the Montreal Expo/World's Fair, and serves to raise the awareness about environmental issues related to water, climate change and the ecosystem.
Afterwards we walked the grounds, had some fun with the outside activities and then headed back across St. Laurent River on the Metro.