INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday

Hallo y’all

Today’s Casual Friday post is going to be about two people. Germans and Canadians. You wonder how I thought of this? Well, me being a German staying in Canada right now, well what do you think? Ok, no seriously… Being in Vancouver for about three weeks now, I met a few new people already. And guess what, at the moment most of our participants are German. Surprise surprise… Every time I go abroad, I feel like at least every second person I meet is from Germany as well. You kind of get the feeling that Germany itself must be somewhat deserted by now… or as I like to say, you cannot escape us 🙂

With a lot of us travelling, our customs travel as well. You all know, that the most frequent assumptions about Germans are that we are basically all Bavarians, that we love love love our beer and that we eat a lot of Bratwurst. Thinking about all this, I actually found out a few funny things: If you really want to eat a Bratwurst in Vancouver, you do not need a rustic traditional German restaurant. No, you can just go to Chinatown and eat at Bestie’s!  It has, as advertised, ‘Chinatowns finest Currywurst’!!! And if you thought we love our beer, well – think again. Because obviously some Canadians love it even more. You wonder how I figure this? Well, they even brew a special beer for their dogs! Check out this article I found and you’ll see that Germans have to kick it up a nudge to keep up with this.

So what about us trying to be a little more like Canadians for a change? I saw this YouTube video the other day and found that actually quite fitting. So take this as an instruction to blend a bit more in with the natives 🙂

I would say: Challenge accepted!  I expect to see a few more Canadians at the next PuB NiGHT.

Best,

Annika

 

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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: 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

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International Vancouver: Aboriginal Peoples

The Aboriginal peoples have been living in British Columbia for about 10,000-12,000 years before the European settlers discovered the West Coast.

Today, there are approximately 200,000 Aboriginal people in British Columbia and over 1 million in Canada.

Thus,the First Nation’s histories and traditions are very much integral to that of Canada`s. While they are often known as a specific group of people, they have very diverse identities within the group.

There are 198 distinct First Nations in BC including the First Nations, Inuit, Métis and children of First Nations and European settlers, speaking more than 30 different languages.

The sensitive relationship between the European settlers and the Aboriginal peoples has clashed at various times because of the different philosophies, political and economic beliefs and systems. While for many years the government did not recognize their rights, the BC government and the First Nations Leadership Council signed the Transformative Change Accord in 2005 as a commitment to each other based on respect. For more information, please visit AboriginalBC.com.

However, the tension between the two governments continues to be an issue as seen by the Idle No More protest movement occurring at the moment. This peaceful protest, originated by the Aboriginal peoples in Canada, is against the new Bill C-45 of parts that demises indigenous treaty rights by the federal government.

This two month rally has gained significant attention through rallies, teach-ins and social media. Join the Idle No More Facebook page for current updates!

Cheers,

Queenie

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INTERNeX Canada: Casual Friday- Inuits!

Canada is the home of people all over the world…but it´s also the home of the Inuits…

Who are the Inuit? They are a group of people who live in some of the coldest parts of the world, such as Greenland or the Arctic regions of America, Canada but they are original for Siberia, in the northeastern Asia.

In the case of the Canadian´s Inuits, they have an autonomous territory called Nunavut “our land” since 1999. That region had been their home for 4000 years and since 1996 the desire of their autonomy was increased and the final result was the foundation of Nunavut .

They have managed to survive and adapt to their cold environment. That has been possible because they have certain physical characteristics. For example their eyelashes are heavier than the normal ones to protect the eyes from glare shining on the ice and his body structure is “designed” to keep them warm being small and robust.

Nowadays their life has been modernized but the Inuit struggle to perpetuate their traditions as well. For example they can be use dogsled or snowmobiles to travel around and they can alternate raw meat and ready meals in their diet.

The main activity they developed for subsistence is hunting but as you can guess the low temperatures and other conditions make life really difficult for the hunters and their families. They still hunt on the ice and when they go hunting it can take more than one month away from home, so during this period is when they use the igloo. The mental image of living in igloos is not real, are only temporary shelters for hunting.

They are also popular for selling soapstone sculptures.

I find amazing that such an intercultural country as Canada, where immigrants from all the corners of the planets live in, it´s also the home of native people, such as the Inuit…

Definitely Canada has everything!

Cheers,

Irene

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Stanley Park Bright Nights

Hey everyone,

I hope that you all enjoyed your weekends! This weekend was super cold and all I really wanted to do was stay home, watch TV and sip tea in front of my fireplace. Lame I know! But my friends dragged me out of the house and took me to Stanley Park. I’m not sure if you guys have heard of this event but it’s called Stanley Park Bright Nights. This Christmas event has been running strong for the past twelve years and has been a part of many people’s holiday traditions. Even though I have been living in Vancouver for nearly nine years now this was the first time that I have ever attended this event. For only $8.00 you can ride a train throughout the Park that is completely transformed with millions of twinkling fairy lights. I had to really bundle up since the temperature was so low, but we were provided with hot chocolate, fresh popcorn and roasted chestnuts so it was a pretty cozy night. I am actually glad that my friends made me come and I highly recommend that you guys check it out, it’s very much worth it. Bright Nights will be running until January 2nd 2010, so if you can’t get to it before Christmas you still have a few extra days after.

Well got to run but keep checking out our INTERNeX blog and Facebook page for upcoming events around Vancouver.