INTERNeX Canada: Spanish stereotypes part II

Hey guys!

How is your weekend going? I hope you’re doing well and you are having a lot of fun!

As you remember last week I wrote a few things about Spain, and I explained a few stereotypes. I talked about Flamenco and bullfighting, so I still have a few tings to tell you guys.

Fiesta españaLet´s start with the “fiesta”: Well, we like to party a lot, but not everybody in Spain likes to party…And what I experienced is that Europeans in general like to party like us. So I don´t  find us totally different..Maybe the only thing is that we usually go out later and of course we come back home during the morning (For example is normal to go out around 12pm or 1am…and come back at 7am or 8am)

Another interesting thing about fiestas is that almost every city, town or village has its own fiesta at least once a year.

antonio banderasDark hair and dark eyes:  It´s not the first time I read something like “Spaniards  have dark eyes, long eyelashes and wavy dark hair, therefore they are very magnetic and sexy”. Well, we have to think that not everybody looks like Antonio Banderas or Penélope Cruz. And of course, not everybody has dark eyes or hair, because there are also blonde people and so people with green or blue eyes too.

Lazy and untidy people: I think that’s the worst stereotype ever for us.  I know a lot of people in Spain who are obsessed with cleanliness.There are lazy people everywhere, but Spaniards work hard like everybody does, and in Europe Spanish workers are really welcome.

This is my particular vision, and probably maybe you don´t agree. So don´t hesitate on comment, giving your opinion or asking whatever you want to know.

Have a nice Sunday everybody.

Best,

Mercedes

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Adventures on Vancouver Island

This past weekend I met up with my friend Teresa for a visit.  She’s been in the area for about a week on vacation, visiting her family in Comox – a nice little town on Vancouver Island. I got up early Saturday morning to catch the 8:30 a.m. ferry, and was super excited to see a friend from home!

When I arrived, Teresa was waiting with her cousin Claire, who is also visiting but lives in Ireland. We said our hello’s and from there we began our day! First, we drove about 40 minutes and stopped at a nice park. Everything was so fresh and so green! There were tall trees everywhere and the sun was shining. What a beautiful day! As we walked along the paths, we came to the largest tree in the park – a giant Douglas-fir. It is over 800 years old, 76 metres tall and nine metres around. It was over 300 years old when Christopher Columbus came to North America in 1492. The Douglas-fir is one of Canada’s oldest living tree species and can live to be over 1,000 years old! Here is a picture of me with the tree, so you can see for yourself how large it is!

We continued out walk through the park, seeing hollow trees, large roots and insects along the way. It was a nice walk. Once we decided to leave, we hopped in the car and were off to the next destination! We made a pit stop at a nice area by the beach, to take a few pictures. The mountains were tall and the water was clear, it was a truly beautiful sight! In the distance, railroad tracks could be seen in the mountains.

After walking around and taking many pictures, Teresa, Claire and I had worked up our appetites! We decided to head to the local shopping mall to get something to eat, and of course, shop. Within a few hours, our bellies were full and we each had a few shopping bags… so we headed to Comox where Teresa’s family lives. Later that evening, we walked to a nice restaurant where we enjoyed a nice dessert with a glass of wine. From our table, the harbour and mountains could be seen – it was the perfect end to the night!

Have you been to the Island yet? There is so much to do there, including surfing in Tofino, visiting one of their many parks, and even kayaking. The island itself is is 460 kilometres (290 miles) in length and 80 kilometres (50 miles) in width at its widest point. It is the largest island on the western side of North America at 32,134 km squared and the world’s 43rd largest island, Canada’s 11th largest island and Canada’s second most populous island.  Major cities on Vancouver Island include Victoria, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Parksville, Courtenay and Campbell Rivier.

I hope you get to visit the Island this summer!

– Laura

English Bay

Coming from a little town in Ontario, I’m still getting used to the amount of activities available in British Columbia.  Where I lived, downtown consisted of a gas station, one grocery store and an arena. I absolutely love that everything is at your doorstep here in Vancouver!

On Friday, I went out to the Blarney Stone in Gas Town, where people danced the night away to Irish music and enjoyed the company of good friends. I had a really good night there and think I’ll go back soon!

Not wanting to waste a minute, I woke up Saturday morning and hustled downtown. The shops on Robson Street were whispering to me… “Look at the nice shoes I have,” …”Come in, you need some new clothes Laura.” Needless to say, I  ended up with many shopping bags in my hand by noon that day!

Sunday I went to the Vancouver Lookout with Jan, who found an internship through INTERNeX and just flew in from Germany. I think he will like Vancouver a lot! After taking the bus home, around 6 p.m I had dinner. However,  I still wasn’t ready to let the weekend end.

I had always heard that English Bay was a nice place to watch the sunset, so off I went! I arrived around 8:20 p.m., where many other people had also gathered to take in the view. English Bay is the downtown core’s most populated beach – attractive to people of all ages. If you haven’t been there yet, I suggest you go! Bring a friend and a frisbee, there’s lots of space to run around.

Here are a few pictures I took, beautiful isn’t it?

Hope you get the chance to see the sunset at English Bay. If you’re an early riser, I’m sure the sunrise is just as beautiful!

Bye for now,

Laura

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