Trip Start Jan 11, 2013
Trip End Jan 31, 2013

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Probably, Ottawa is not as famous as Toronto or Montreal, although it is the capital city of Canada. Ottawa is not the largest city of Canda in terms of population, but it has been chosen as the capital city, because of its location. That is, Ottawa is located on the border of Ontario (British Canada) and Quebec (French Canada). I didn't care about the fact so much, but I should have been prepared for French speaking Quebec from then on. Anyway, the highlight of Ottawa was, needless to say, the Canadian Parliament. In addition, the guided tour was free and informative. Thankfully, it was OK in the most part of the parliament. lt was prohibited to take a picture in the library, you must be amazed by its beauty. Peace Tower was another reason to visit the parliament. A view from the top of the tower was superb.

It was freezing in Ottawa and hard to walk out without a hat and earmuffs. After I left the parliament, I dropped by the War Memorial. The statue of warriors was elavorate and worth seeing. Then I walked to the Redeau Canal, a UNESCO'S World Heritage Site. It was supposed to be the world's largest skating rink in winter. When I visited the canal, there was no one skating, although the canal was frozen. In fact, the canal was not open to public, because the ice was too thin. I was disappointed. Then I walked briskly to the Rideau Centre for warmth, but eventually I went back to the hostel.

The Canadian Museum of Civilisation offers free admission every Thursday evening and luckily I visited the museum on Thursday. However, the way to the museum was harsh. I thought the capillary blood vessels on my face were almost frozen. Anyway, I arrived the museum alive. Interestingly, in the museum, all the staff greeted me in French and English at first. Then because I greeted back in English, they started talking to me in English. I realised that they had to speak both of the languages. Most of the French speakers in Quebec speak only French and it is very natural. Some French speakers hate to speak English, even if they understand English. Unfortunately, because most foreign tourists speak English, they are talked by tourists in Enlish. That must be very uncomfortable to them. I am Japanese and if I was talked by overseas tourists in Korean language, I would definitely refuse to talk to them. So the staff should be bilingual. Anyway, the museum itself was wonderful, especially the first floor was awesome. I liked their totem poles and First Nation figures.

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