INTERNeX Canada: About Spain and Spanish stereotypes.

Hey guys !

I know the weekend is almost over (yes…not funny), but I hope you had tons of fun!

Today I would like you to talk about a few Spanish stereotypes. Sometimes for me it’s kind of funny when people tell me things such as “but do you know how to dance flamenco?” or this kind of things.

When foreigners think about Spain they just think about “paella”, “siesta”, “bullfighting”, “fiesta” and “flamenco”. Right, isn’t it ??

But no my friends, Spain is not just this !! To understand better what I’m gonna explain to you, you have to know that in Spain we are divided into 17 Autonomous communities ( + 2 autonomous cities), and each community is just totally different to the next one.

Comunidades autonomasWe are a diverse country integrated by different contrasting regions that show varying social structures, as well as different languages (we have catalonian, basque and galician as official languages in their corresponding region). Furthermore we have different historical, political and cultural traditions.

So now that you know this, you will be able to understand that Flamenco is just a regional dance of the Andalucian Community for example. As I said before, each region has its own traditions and cultures, so all of them have different food, tradicional dances and clothes and so on.

About bullfighting, normally is more popular in the Southern part of the country. So if you go to the North, don’t expect to watch this kind of shows.

I want to keep a few things for the next time. So get ready because next week  I’m gonna talk about interesting things such as “fiesta”, the “latin lover stereotype (Banderas and Penelope Cruz..hahaha)”, “lazy and untidy people” and more interesting topics.

I hope you enjoyed reading this, and I hope to see you soon.

Best,

Mercedes

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: PuB NiGHT Announcement!

You all thought I was gone, didn’t you? Nah. I’m up for one last pub night…who’s with me?? Tomorrow we will be meeting at the Cambie for our usual pub night! 

This place is known for cheapest beers and food in town! Got off work just before and you’re starving? Don’t worry, this place has got everything you’ll need to sit back and relax after a long day! This place brings around all different kinds of people, travelers as well as locals who are all looking for beer and tasty food -a great hangout place!

 

Where: Cambie Bar and Grill, 300 Cambie St Vancouver

When: Tomorrow Wednesday April 17th 7:00 pm

Lastly, please bring your passports and a second piece of ID! Drink responsibly 😉 

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200-211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday!

1657_10151370372966850_287530237_nOne thing I will miss working as a PR intern is being able to make friends with people from all different places in the world. Actually not only that but also being able to learn about their culture, right at home, instead of going to a different country.

I’ve learned so much from everyone that I have met during my internship! For example, the most delicious dutch chocolate sprinkles is called Hagelslag, and you sprinkle it on bread. It can be found in a local Dutch grocery store here! I am just in LOVE with this stuff -so tasty! Another thing I have learned is that there are so many different traditions for birthdays and holidays! For example in Denmark, you have to bring breakfast/food for your coworkers on the morning of your own birthday! Like what is that? Really? I think it should be the other way around, you should be pampered on your own birthday!

Of course you can find out these kind of information by searching on Google and reading up on it. But it’s just so much better when you can sit and have a conversation with a person from that country and learn through them.

I can’t believe my internship is coming to an end in just a few days! Join us tonight at our pub and club night, it will be held at Morrissey Pub and then partying it up at VENUE! Click here for more information (remember to bring your PASSPORTS!)

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Picture of the week!

left to right: Rie, Ilse, Sandra, Dylan, Daniel

This photo was taken during our pub night at the Railway Club! To me, it represents the start of something new…like new friendships, new people, and new places. And before that night, I have never been to the Railway Club before but I really thought it was special. It had a different feel to it than most pubs I know…it felt more personal. So I guess, it was a new experience as well. But I am so happy I got to know and welcome more new members to our group 🙂

Cheers,

Flora

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

 

INTERNeX Canada: Culture shock Christmas edition II

I think Christmas is getting more and more similar all over the world: special time to spend with the family and friends, eat good food, and spend a lot of money in gifts and parties.

But once again, I have to recognize that Spain is different! Our Christmas last longer! Yeah! And one of the biggest, and in particular my favorite festivity is the Three Wise Men, on January 6th!

For us, Santa is not that generous haha we usually receive one present on the 25th December, but the big day for the gifts is with “Los Reyes Magos”. The night of the 5th we had different parades for them and we usually eat “Roscon de Reyes”, a kind of special Christmas cake! Inside this sweet there is always two tiny pieces, a small figure and the other one is small legume. If you get the figure, you are supposed to have good luck and happiness during the year, but if you get the small legume you have to pay “el roscon”    

For me it’s the perfect way to finish the Holidays! You are kind of upset because you had such a nice time during the holidays and you really don’t want to come back to your routine… but after receiving so many presents on the 6th it’s even exciting to come back to your normal life and wear for the first time that dress, perfume or whatever that you received!

We need to export our Three Wise Men here, more holidays, more presents, parades, sweets… a lot of pros, no cons at all!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock-Spanglish

We always say that Spain is different, and that’s true, is different. We have one of the best cuisines of the world, sunny days, beaches, big cities, small villages and nice people. Before the crisis started Spain was a complete paradise to live, and I am sure it will be again after a few years. We just need to be hopeful again.

Well Spain is different, but Spanish as well. How can you identify a Spanish people? Basic guide:

–          We don’t say “have”…we say “Jave”. With the J (sounds like GGG) of Jamon! Can I “Jave” a glass of water?

–          If you ask us our nationality, we are not Spanish, we are “Espanish”… we “Estart” something and we “Espend” a lot of money haha

I realize during my days at INTERNeX office that the English level of the young European people is super high, especially if I compare with ours.

In Spain we translate all the foreign films besides we have a huge film and music industry in Spanish language so we really don’t have the “real” need to learn English, not if you stay in Spain.

Of course we study English at the school and nowadays we all enjoyed going abroad to “learn English”… but that’s another big problem…everywhere a Spanish go, there are tons and tons of other Spanish speakers, so is kind of funny going to London or Dublin and party with another Spanish there, but useless if you really want to improve your English.

On the other hand it’s true that we are lucky, Spanish is the third most spoken language in the world and it’s a value added forever for our resume and we can always travel to a lot and lot of countries, like the most of South American’s countries and have a complete conversation with the local people, which is pretty cool!

It’s true that the vocabulary is pretty different in each country but we can understand perfectly each other (or almost the most of the times:))

You can have an advance level in English living in Spain and then when you travel abroad, you will say what??What are they saying? Is that English? It’s kind of desperate in the beginning, but at least in Vancouver we are kind of lucky because the people find our Spanish accent cute (Thank god)

I mean everybody has their own accent and their own way of speaking, but almost all the Spanish people you will meet, you will recognize it easily.

I guess they are right, Spain is different, and us as well.

Oh what a long post, hard work… I need a siesta right away!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Culture shock

When I am walking on the streets of Madrid the people are more or less of my same height…but here in Vancouver I have to be always looking up! I don´t know how my neck can be fine! During my first days that was something that really caught my attention! Every day I saw some huge men! Yes of course that there were huge women too, but I remember better the men… I don´t know why… 🙂

Nowadays I just get used to be the petite among giants! I don´t like heels, basically because I don´t know how to walk with them and unfortunately with my age, I don´t think I will became taller! So I just have to get used to it!

But the height difference  is not all , INTERNeX environment is full of German people!! Specially plenty of tall­­­­­, beautiful, nice perfect German girls! Yeah, they are just incredible… They are incredible pretty but incredible nice as well!  I wish I could hate them because sometime is like…how can you be so perfect? But they are so nice that you just can´t hate them, actually I love them…but in the pictures better not to appear so close to them, you know comparison are always bad!

Living in a city plenty of huge and beautiful people I guess it´s a good culture shock! I bet everybody can get used to it!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
Email: pr@internexcanada.com