FC: G-Sex Takes Candada | Ottawa & Montreal Women's Worlds 2011
1: Getting There | Flight #4418 Depart from Richmond at 6:10am Arrive in Newark at 7:19am Flight #2590 Depart from Newark at 8:47am Arrive in Ottawa at 10:29am
2: CANADA DAY 2011 | a | Patriotic Hats | Fireworks for Canada! (And Will & Kate!)
3: walking 15 miles per day! | Around | Ottawa
4: The Museum of Civilization | Some of us liked it, Some of us didn't...
6: The Candaian National Gallery | This museum reminded me that museums, especially "national" museums, are colonial spaces. The "indigenous art" was hidden in the basement.
7: My favorite exhibit was a music video piece by Ragnar Kjartansson titled "The End." It held my interest for a good 20 minutes.
8: The Conference | Liz & Cole Presented!
9: Overall I liked the conference. I did feel that it was quite exclusionary, though.
10: The Train to Montreal! | (One of my favorite parts!)
11: Hanging out in Montreal
12: THE GAYBORHOOD | Cole meets Mr. Leather! | The gayborhood was vibrant, eclectic, and fun!
13: THE GAYBORHOOD | Breaking it down at Parking! | Benefit at Woof!
14: Hiking Mount Royal! | View of Mt. Royal from our dorm room at McGill! | Wandering around the Mt. Royal Cemetery!
15: View of Montreal from the top! | We made it!
16: Reflections | I had such an incredible time traveling to Canada with this amazing group of people. Although I think that we can collectively agree that the conference was a bit of a disappointment, the trip itself was absolutely not. Perhaps I didn't learn radical new ideas about feminism from the panels that I attended, but I definitely learned more than I could ever have imagined from the people that I traveled with. I admit that at first I was hesitant about taking an 11-day trip with (mostly) strangers; I tend to be somewhat of a solitary person. By the third or fourth day of the trip all of my worries had evaporated. I was not only confident that I could handle so many people for so long, I was excited to have so much time to spend with my new friends. All of the conference's shortcomings combined can't put a damper on how valuable this experience was to me. I feel like I've gained more than great memories and
17: personal relationships; I have a renewed faith in my own local feminist community and strong motivation to create spaces where people with similar ideas can come together in a way that isn't quite as academic or exclusionary as the conference. Here in Richmond we can create the experience we were hoping to have at the conference in Canada. Maybe we're just too radical for the Women's Worlds brand of feminism! Despite complaints about the conference, I want to emphasize what an incredible experience this study abroad program was to me. I treasure every conversation that I had and every new friendship that was formed. I found what I was looking for at the conference in every single person on the trip. Thank you all for making this trip so wonderful for me. I love you all! | jara