INTERNeX Through the Looking Glass -Destination Colombia

Colombia
“Once the travel bug bites there is no known antidote, and I know that I shall be happily infected
for the rest of my life.” By Michael Palin. Can his words be any truer?

Amiel here with the latest INTERNeX Destination after Wednesday’s post about Ireland. We’re back in the Americas but not quite home. We’re going further to the south where the conquistadors came to take the land many, many years ago.

 

Colombia, the gate to South America. Just pick a climate and you’ll find it there. It has deserts, jungles, coast lines or snowy peaks, you name it. And each of these areas is bursting with colors and beauty.
This piece of Latin America used to be known as a country riddled with crimes and powerful drug lords. However, it has been reinventing itself in recent years and Medellín, City of Eternal Spring, was even nominated one of the most innovative cities in 2012.
In the same year Colombia was even crowned as the happiest country in the world. Why do you think that is? Well, they have the second highest biodiversity of animal and plant life in the whole world. They have the best coffee and beautiful natural phenomena like Caño Cristales. Colombia is also pretty rich in culture with Cali, the capital of Salsa or the legend of El Dorado.
This country has so much to offer, I can’t even tell you about it without writing a book or two. That would make anyone proud of his or her country happy right?Colombia

So my suggestion? Check out Colombia for yourself! You will most certainly be blown away by what you see there.
I for one can’t wait until I get the chance to visit my Colombian friends I made during my time in Peru.

Salud y hasta luego!

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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

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INTERNeX Canada: Mercedes says “Hola”

Hey everyone,

I’m Mercedes and I’m the new PR intern.  I was born in a Spanish city called Vigo, right in the Atlantic Coast, and that’s probably the reason why I love the sea and the beach so much.

I was really shocked when I firstly arrived to Vancouver due to the weather: foggy and rainy. I left the sunny and warm Spain, but I’ll do my best to get along with this weather. I’m sure this wonderful city has  a lot  to offer to everyone.

I’m studying Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Vigo and I want to achieve a career in International Relations and Marketing. By the way, last year I studied in Austria. So yes, I speak German, but I’m not as pretty good as I’m with English. At the moment I’m here for taking some work experience and for having a university break.

Talking a little bit about my personal hobbies, my passion is traveling and meeting new people.  I really believe that traveling makes you always seeing life in a new perspective and makes you think who and where you want to be in life.

During my free time I go shopping (as you can see in the picture taken in the Pacific Centre), I hang out with friends or I just stay at home watching a movie.

I hope this experience in Canada will fill my life with wonderful memories, a lot of good times and amazing people. I’m really looking forward to getting to know all of you really soon and please, feel free to chat with me anytime or leave a comment!

Best,

Mercedes

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: National Prototypes!

I am sure everybody who has spent some time in Vancouver has already noticed how international Vancouver is! The Canadian population for itself is a mix of different nationalities… It’s funny because all our candidates in their very first days always say…Oh but I haven’t see any Canadian yet…of course you did! This is Vancouver, the home for some many different people!

But what would be the typical prototype of a Canadian person? For example when someone thinks in a Spanish girl or guy they always imagine someone with dark hair and dark eyes… I am a good example that the prototypes are not always true! If you think in a Swedish or Russian girl probably you would describe them like tall, blond, and it’s true in some point but they are of course a lot of other kind of person, all kind of beauty…

So before coming here I imagined Canadians like blonds, tall and resisted of the super cold weather! And the only thing that I will agree with myself right now , would be that they are really made for the cold weather, well the most of them. I love the people who are wearing flip flops like if we were in summer, or running with shorts! So here is some tip of how to recognize a Canadian, if they are wearing springs clothes when you were twenty different  coat, probably are Canadian, if they have some coffee in their hands, probably are Canadian, if they  use Eh! For everything, hell yeah! Congratulations you meet a Canadian!

By the way, forget about the tags, the prototypes… every single person are special and unique no matter where they were born! And that’s the best! Can you imagine how bored it would be a world with the same kind of people?

Enjoy the differences!

Cheers,

Irene

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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Upcoming events

2012 is gone forever!!!Such a good year for a lot of us! But 2013 could be even better!!!The PR team has a lot of events and activities planned for the first month of the year!!!

Next Wednesday we’ll have our pub night after Christmas, looking forward to see u all again and catch up!

And what about next weekend? do you have something in mind for Saturday 12th?

We propose you an awesome performance with Canadian and Spanish dancers called Project Barca!

The work deliberately uses the city of Barcelona as a vehicle, a barca, for new cross-Atlantic voyages of discovery and understanding, connecting to Vancouver, Canada, at the edge of the Pacific. Using the historic events of 1492 as a reference point it explores the concept of going west to find east, and by default going east to find west.

Check their trailer out to have a better idea of the project!

And for how much? The original price is 29$, 19$ for student! but INTERNeX people we can have a special deal if 8 or more of you wanna come and make it for JUST 14$!

Join us! And don’t miss out our next Pub night…surprises are coming!
Cheers,
Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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INTERNeX Canada: Raincouver or Suncouver?

Everybody knows about Raincouver, we always make jokes of that  in the orientations with our new candidates…  But lately what is my surprise? The most of the newcomers says oh no, it’s ok, actually is not that bad, it’s better than home … What???

https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8331/8090958288_89ac2863d7_m.jpgIn Spain everybody has the mental image of Canada like the North Pole…even after 5 months here, and a perfect and sunny summer at Vancouver, my friends still advise my Irene please wear proper clothes, Canada is extremely cold!

And as Spanish, and more if you live in Madrid where the average temperature of the year is around 20 grades Celsius of course is not that crazy to think that Canada is pretty cold! But grandma, friends… Canada in general is cold, but Vancouver is kind of warm. It rains yes, I won’t deny, but it’s not (so far) a heavy rain, so the most the times you can walk without umbrella.

Vancouver has around 160 days of rain per year…do you know how many days in Madrid?  58!!But investigating a little bit  about the rainiest European cities; here is the top ten!

1.Copenhagen, Denmark 251
2. Oslo, Norway 232
3. London, UK 226
4. Brussels, Belgium 220
5. Amsterdam, Netherlands 214
6. Helsinki, Finland 203
7. Stockholm, Sweden 164
8. Vienna, Austria 160
9. Prague, Czech Republic 143
10. Dublin, Ireland 139

Now I understand! We have so many people from Denmark, Sweden, Netherlands… and it rains more there that here!!!But not more, it rains almost 100 days more…oh god! I don’t know why Spanish people we always associated Canada like the rainiest and coldest place in the world…and then you just got surprise that not that far from home it can be much colder and rainier!https://i0.wp.com/farm9.staticflickr.com/8423/7790295924_67847e6f8a_m.jpg

Speaking in general the weather in Vancouver,  is not that bad!( I am Spanish..remember 20 grades, 58 raining days… so trust me!)It’s even warm! Of course I am not going to wear flip flop or sandals like some locals…but I am not lying, you can live perfectly here! And in some point you will even like the rain! Why do you think Vancouver is so green?

So for some people will be Raincouver but for other people can be Suncouver.. Oh god I love differences!

Enjoy the rain or the sun!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
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Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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INTERNeX Canada: Culture shock

I’ve been here for a while so writing Culture Shock post is getting harder for me because I am getting used to all the differences with the Canadians. There is some point that of course is different from home, but you just feel like in a new home, everything that in the beginning caught your attention, now is part of your normal life, and even you live more like the Canadian way…

But anyways, I don’t know what you think about it, but for me Vancouver is a super young city! There are students everywhere who are barely 19, 20… sometimes I am the oldest one (and yes I am not 19, but I am not that old haha) and it’s like where are the thirties?

In Madrid when you go out by night, you can find people between 18-40 years old! There are zones with pubs where the youngest go, and other places for those who are a little older… but still you can see people not that young!

I was so worry about the life after the twenties here that I asked our Chinese-Canadian friend Queenie what the thirties usually do.  She was thinking for a moment and then her answer was: Oh, they have babies.

Babies? Oh my goodness! In the Canadian society I would have to hurry up!  (but I don’t have maternal instinct at all so I can relax)

Right now in Spain, the people finish their studies around 23-25 depending of what you have studied and if you do or not a master, then you try to find a job (right now it can take ages) and when you have saved some money that’s the moment that maybe you move to your parent’s house and start your life for your own.

For what I’ve seen of people who come from Sweden, Denmark and other parts of Europe people start working part time in the High School. Us? Part time during the University is ok, during High School? For the general not at all, at least that you have a familiar retail or something like that. But I repeat each person is different I am just speaking in a general way.

I am not saying that one system is better that the other one, is just curious how different we live!

I guess Spanish people we have a young spirit and we do in our thirties the things that some many other citizens do in their twenties!

Cheers,

Irene

INTERNeX International Exchange
Suite 200 – 211 Columbia Street
Vancouver BC -V6A 2R5-
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Phone: +1 (604) 662 8149
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