Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What is it strange in my country but it isn't in yours??

I tried to find interesting taboos about my country to tell you. I didn’t find, however. So, I decided to write what it is totally different.

My Korea friend told me that in her country it isn’t bad manners slurp your noodles. IN fact, doing it you are saying that the food is rally delicious whereas if you do it in Brazil you will show that you are really impolite and makes a "desgusting" situation.

One thing that is really important to say: "to be on time when you have an appointment". I know how important is to be on time to other cultures. I don’t know which reason Brazilians are late every time. And the worst is they know that when they do it they could show disrespect to other people. This kind of things piss me off because I hate when I have to wait.

In Japan you have to take off your shoes when you enter in a house. In Brazil we don’t have this costume, just clean your shoes before and go ahead. To be honest, the first time that I did it was when I came to Canada.

Something that it isn’t too familiar is kissing somebody’s check. It’s acceptable to do it in your friends and even if you never saw this person in your life. There are some countries where it is unacceptable because could be considered disrespectful. Some years ago Brazilians used to give three kisses, until now some regions too. But actually it is more common just one kiss.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Summer Camp...

My feelings were totally different since the first time that I hard this phrase: "DO you wanna work in Summer Camp????", until my last day there.

In March, SAntiago, who works in Tamwood, invited my friend and I to work in Tamwood Summer Camp. In the beginning I wasn't interested coz my family was planning to come to Canada. SOme days later my mom told me that they couldn't come more. IN that moment I felt totally cheerless because I was waiting for them and they let down me. In fact, it wasn't their fault. I can't explain it, but I was melancholy.

After this, I needed something exciting. I was so desperate about my life here coz it was so boring. Suddenly something came to my mind... Summer Camp. I was reluctanting to accept it and I pensive a lot. I didn't have any idea about it, but I said to me: Come on Luciane, open your mind for this opportunity. FInally, I was determined that could be a good opportunity to enjoy.

Some days before go to Whistler I was pensive and anxious. I wanted to know a lot of things about my job, my co-workers and other things. I went to Whistler on saturday and I couldn't wait a long time to arrive there, I was agitated. Finally, I was in Tamwood Residence. I met my friend and we went to the party. Of course I was a little bit horrified coz I didn't know how to work there and I was scared about my english, however I was so lively... Oh my Gosh... I was so animated... !!

After some days working I was tired... exhausted... And I asked me what I was doing there!! I almost give up. I worked with different groups every day and it was hard coz I couldn't know their names easily. I was feeling lost and I was disappointed with me. I was shattered with some students and the reason was: they didn't respect me. Some situations made me pissed off. So, I got my day off and I relax.. I slept and I thought if I should give up but I was determined that the best choice wasn't coming back to Vancovuer.

In my third week, while I was working I enjoyed a lot with my co-workers and with students. We had a lot of funny situations... we went out, we played games, we camp and a lot of wonderful things more. All of them were amazing and I have opportunities to be with special people who made me overjoyed.

Unfortunately came my fourth week and the real meaning was: my last week. In the beginning I felt relieved coz I did a good job and I didn't give up. On the other hand, I felt totally sad... almost depressing coz I knew that say goodbye would be difficult. Finally, came my last day and I tried to enjoy and later i said goodbye to my "new friends"!

Today I can say that my job and my life were Fantastic and of course unforgettable!!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

My hometown… Tres Coracoes

I really would like to find a lot of good similarities between my home city and Vancouver, but it was so hard. I just know that both cities are in good countries.
On the other hand, there are a lot of differences between my city and Vancouver.
Tres Coracoes is a small city in South Minas Gerais. There are, more or less, 70 thousands inhabitants. There is just one University and it is not so good. People who lived there use to take care about your life, for example, they know what you have, what you do, where you go, what you bought and other things. Pele, the famous soccer player, born there but he did not grow up there. There are the best bakeries, where you can find a lot of delicious cakes, breads and cookies. Actually, it is not a good city to live or to find a good job. The develop is lag behind other cities near and this situation put us off. I am not disdain my city, but I do not want to live there again.
Vancouver is totally different. It is a big city in Canada. There are more or less 550 thousands inhabitants. There are a lot of places to visit and beautiful parks, where we can go to relax. We cannot forget to say about enticing stores. I feel that people here do not care about the other’s life and they really do not care what you are thinking about them. In my opinion, it is difficult to find a place to buy no-industrialized food. It is very safe and there are a good number of jobs here. Vancouver is the best city to live in Canada.

In my opinion globalization