INTERNeX Canada: Culture Shock

Hey there!
Well, today I want to talk about one special experience I made during my first two weeks in Vancouver. I’m living within a family in North Vancouver, and across the street there are several soccer, field hockey and football fields.

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But the crazy thing is that there are always people doing sports at any time: when I leave the house to go to the bus stop in the morning, but also when I leave the INTERNeX office going back to my homestay in the evening. IMAG0371They even play soccer on Sunday at 10 pm! Furthermore it is possible that they are playing soccer and football at the same time and in the same field! And of course there isn’t only one team playing in the field. Usually there are a couple of teams of different age practicing their sports. And as I said before – all teams at the same time. That’s crazy, isn’t it?! For example in Germany this isn’t very usual. Hence, I was very surprised and overwhelmed to see the Canadians playing soccer, football and field hockey the whole day.

Never let it be said that Canadians aren’t sporty! They are – and that’s great!

See you,
Tobias

INTERNeX International Exchange
International Village,
Suite 2077, 2079 – 88 West Pender Street
Vancouver, Canada -V6B 9N9-
Web: http://www.internexcanada.com
Email: pr@internexcanada.com

INTERNeX Canada: Culture shock: Hockey vs football

The most important and popular sport at Vancouver and in general in Canada is hockey…  (Remember just say hockey, you will never heard “ice hockey “from a Canadian) And here everybody loves their team, The Canucks. They feel it like something personal and it´s absolutely amazing how the people get involved in their games.

In Madrid this is quite different. First of all we are not really into hockey… the sport without any doubt which goes mad the people, is the football.  But the second big difference is that in Madrid we don´t support the same team…not at all! There are tons of different teams, but historically and still in the present the people like one of the two “main” teams, of course as you can guess they are rivals, so you just can belong to one of them; these teams are the Real Madrid and Atlético de Madrid.

Real Madrid has win in several times the national league, the Champions and all the possible competitions…they are famous everywhere, they have the most popular, expensive players and the people pay crazy amounts of money for their shirts and to see them playing… the companies all over the world want them to become their image, the teenagers get crazy with Cristiano Ronaldo and his six pack…

On the other hand we have my Atletico de Madrid, who wins some times and lose a couple of other times, but when it wins everybody celebrate it!  (yeah is not that common like with Real Madrid) It has good players as well, but not so many “football starts” like Real Madrid can have.

We have a saying in Madrid that say… “Del atletico se nace, del Real Madrid se hace” whose translation can be something like “Atletico´s fans were born to be fans, Real Madrid´s fan just become fans”. And that´s because the fans of Atletico are well-known everywhere for their fidelity and for being hopeful with the team even if the results are not as good as expected! If you support it, you will support forever!

In you are into football you will know Barcelona Football team, which is the other Spanish big team! Of course there is polemic and rivalry between Real Madrid and Barcelona as well…

I just notice how polemic the Spanish we are! Yeah another difference with Canadians for sure!

If you read the post you will know of with team I am, but you can NOT forget your values and respect the others! That´s much more important than just win! Fair play!

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: News/Fun fact

Hello everybody!

Sometimes I really believe that Canadian people are not from this planet! They have a super resistance of all kinds of sport: Water sport; hiking, soccer!

In Spain we have really good results in the Olympics and in all kinds of tournaments but the real Spanish, the typical Spanish doesn´t practice as much sport as Canadian do!

Of course there are a lot of sporty people in Spain! Especially between young people is really often! A lot of people specialize in one sport and they grow up practicing it! But that´s true that there is a lot of other people that are like allergic to the movement!

Here, in Canada I find pretty amazing how the people, don´t matter how old they are, they can do hiking for a couple of hours and then have extra energy to do aquatic sports to refresh themselves and then even they have energy to play soccer between friends! Oh god!  That can be a real Canadian Sunday, plenty of tiring but funniest activities!

The most of the Spanish people we use the Sunday just to relax, we have a really different concept of Sunday! Maybe we can do some outside activities like lie down on the beach, lie down on the countryside, lie down and sunbathing at the same time (yes we can do both 🙂 ) We can also go to take “cañas and tapas” or what is the same “ beers and snacks”  and just recover energy to start the new week!!

But now we are in Vancouver, Canada, so we have to live like real Canadians and enjoy our Sundays doing different activities, trips or whatever we can plan!

If you are really interested we can organize a real Spanish Sunday! Sometimes it´s cool too!

Have a nice day!

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 – Casual Friday

As you all know, the popularity of a sport depends on where in the world you live. This became apparent to me when the EURO2012 games started. Soccer is far more popular in Europe than it is in the United States. Additionally, Canada is far more into hockey than many areas of the US. In the states the majority of people like football or basketball. There are also those people that love baseball and hockey too.

On Wednesday night a group of INTERNeX candidates, along with a few others, went to eat dinner together. The restaurant we were at was playing a British Columbia Lions game. It sparked a discussion about the differences between American football (NFL) and Canadian football (CFL). As I tried to explain the differences, I even confused myself!

The BC Lions are the Canadian Football League (CFL) team in British Columbia. The NFL and CFL are very similar. The object of the game and the scoring is almost exactly the same. There are definitely a few differences between the two.

First, the size of the field is different. The Canadian field is about 100 meters (110 yards) long and about 60 meters (65 yards) with two 18.5-meter (20 yard) end zones. The American field is about 91.5 meters (100 yards) long and about 49 meters (53.5 yards) wide with two 9-meter (10 yard) end zones. Canada also allows 12 players on the field during play, whereas in the US you can only have 11. In the states the teams get 4 plays to get 10 yards and in Canada they only get 3. In the CFL teams can also score a rouge, or single, which does not exist in US football. There are other differences as well but those are the main differences.

You can visit this website if you would like to learn more about the differences! Canadian Football vs. American Football

Cheers,

Katie

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

“Hut hut hut, red 42, go!”

Ever been to a real football match? Here’s your chance!! We’re going to see BC Lions vs. Calgary on August 27th.  It will be a fun and amazing night – we promise everybody will enjoy this event! There will be fabulous  cheerleaders for the boys, and athletic well trained football players for the girls, and of course beers, hotdogs, peanuts and the great, excited atmosphere that comes in a stadium at every football game!

BC lions have won the league’s Grey Cup 5 times! They are a major team in the CFL and have had a lot of amazing players that over the years have been inducted into The Canadian Football Hall of Fame. The last player being inducted was Doug Flutie in 2008. It’s a team, that continuously produces good players – they are worth checking out!

The game is on Friday 27th of August, and kickoff is at 7.30pm at the Empire Field Stadium. The tickets will be $30, the last day to sign up and pay is on this Friday, the 20th! Lets us know on Facebook, or send us an email at pr@internexcanada.com if you want to be a part of this fun night!