Life in Ann Arbor, Michigan
2005年 02月 06日

Model UN Conference @ Montreal -Day 1-

So finally, I have some time to write about my trip to Montreal...Sorry for the late update...

From 1/27- 1/30, I went to Montreal to attend the Model United Conference held at McGill University which is one of the most prestigious universities in Canada. The reason I had the chance to attend such a conference is cuz I belonged to an organization called the International Affairs Society which I signed up for at the beginning of last semester. Apparently this organization was of big interest to me since the group attended Model UN conferences annually and published journals of their own called the Michigan Journal of International Affairs (you can check the website by googling it, it's pretty cool) so as an international relations major and a person interested in the roles of the United Nations in the international sphere, I decided to sign up for this organization. Moreover, Keisuke actually had attended one Model UN conference back in Japan so he told me stories about it which prompted me to also sign up to become a delegate at the the Model UN conference. Cost me about 400 bucks, but considering that we can stay at a very nice hotel, meet many new ppl, and learn a lot about UN, it seemed like a pretty nice deal for me.

Keisuke and I were assigned to represent the country of Bhutan in the Social, Humanitarian, and Cultural Committee (Third committee) in the General Assembly. So of course we had to do some kind of research before heading to the conference.

So anyways, here are the details of the trip:

We departed from Michigan at 7pm the day before the conference started (Wednesday). The trip was by bus, which took us about 15 hours total.... A long and tiring trip but it wasn't so bad as I was used to traveling by bus from all that Greyhound bus rides in the winter.

This day was almost a free day cuz the opening ceremony started late at night so we could just go out and explore the city of Montreal by ourselves. So after we arrived at the hotel where the conference would be held (it was a Sheraton Hotel), took a short rest and then I went over to China Town with Keisuke since he knew a place where we could have all-you-can-eat chinese for a reasonable price.

Montreal was, in short, a very beautiful city. Actually, I have been there before when I was a little kid but hadn't remembered that much about it, so it was like refreshing my memories. If you ignored the fact that it was much much colder than back in Michigan (sh*t...), it was really peaceful, clean, and the ppl were very friendly. I thought we had to try to speak French there, but most of the ppl we encountered in shops could speak English as well, so I didn't have much trouble getting around with ordering food and asking for directions.

Keisuke and I ended up finding the Chinese place and I ate so much that I felt really bad after the meal.... But the food was so nice since they had such a variety. I wish they had the same kind of place in Ann Arbor...

We also went to a museum too (Museum of Comtemporary Arts). I started to become sleepy, but I mosly enjoyed seeing all the exhibits.

After that, we headed to the hotel, took a nap and then changed in our suits to get ready for the opening ceremony. I was glad I brought a suit from Japan since I finally got to utilize it in some way.

The ceremony was really big. So many delegates were there to attend the conference, which I didn't expect. I found that ppl from Harvard, Princeton, Uni. of Toronto, Georgetown, were attending and got really excited...

After that, all the ppl from U of M gathered to head for drinks. Had some beer and chatted with the other ppl and that was about it for my first day. I was looking forward to the second day where I would attend the first committee session in the conference....

A look into Montreal:



by kamakusa | 2005-02-06 04:08 | Travel

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