Tuesday, August 19, 2008

An emotional experience

Most of us came to Vancouver without knowing anyone, so we tried our best to make friends as soon as possible and almost everyone met very nice people that probaly we won't forget. I'm really dfelighted about the time that I've spent here, but saying good bye is one of the things that I really don't like about Vancouver. Last weekend I had to say good bye to 2 great girls and it was very hard for me because we became very close friends during their time in the city. It was on friday night that I realized that it was probably the last time that we were going to be together and I started to feel a little bit sad, but pleased because I met them. On saturday I went to the airport with one of them and next day with the other one. Sunday was the wors't because I went in the airport to wait with my friend and suddenly I really wished I could go home too. I think I was a little bit depressed and pensive. For a moment I thought that it was me who really wanted to go home, but now I don't think so!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Monterrey vs Vancouver

Monterrey is the third largest city of Mexico. I'ts well known as the capital of knowledge, techonologies and business in my country. The main activity is in the manufacture area.
The population of Mty is 4 million people, almost the double that Vancouver's population. My hometown is very close to the border to USA. Actually, people from the city use to go shopping to Texas, just like people from Van go shopping to Seattle.

Monterrey is located in the north east of Mexico, meanwhile Vancouver is in the west coast of Canada. Vancouver is almost surrounded by water, and Monterrey isn't. Actually the east coast, Golf of Mexico, is about 500 km away.
Like in Vancouver, the weather in Monterrey is unpredictable, so you never know what to wear. Monterrey has a humid subtropical climate. Also, weather changes so quickly, but almost all the time is very hot. During the summer, the average high reaches 35°C. Winters are cool but not cold. The average January high is 19 °C. Rainfall is scarce, but more prominent during May through September. Snowfall is a very rare event. For example, during the last 100 years, it has snowed just twice.
The city is surrounded by mountains, but not as beautiful as Vancouver's mountains. Any way, it´s known as "The city of the mountains" in Mexico. The "Cerro de la Silla" is the main landscape that everybody remembers about the city.

Usually, the people from the north are so nice and love to party (what else could I say about them!). Unfortunately, the city is not as safety as Vancouver, but is so much more safety than Mexico City. Actually, people from all over mexico flock to Monterrey because it's a safe place with a lot of job opportunities and a good place to live.

The food it's great, but not the most famous and typical of Mexico. As in Vancouver, we have a lot of cultural diversity, so we have plenty of different kinds of restaurants.

About globalization, I think that it gives the opportunity to have access to products and information from all over the world. Also, it encourages the acceptance of cultural diversity. Unfortunately, not all the countries have the same benefits in a global world.
My hometown is a globalized city. Actually, it was chosen as the host city for the Universal Forum of Cultures 2007, because NL Government presented the most profitable and interesting development project.

Also Vancouver was chosen to the host city for an international global event, the Olympics Games 2010.

I think that my city and Vancouver have a lot of similatirities, because both of them are big cities with a lot of cultural diversity and they are open to globalization.

Monterrey Promo:

Why Monterrey was chosen as the host city for the Universal Forum of Cultures 2007?

Monterrey in pictures:

Wednesday, August 6, 2008


The first challenge that I had when I arrived in Vancouver was with Imigration. The agency in Mexico told me that I did't need the student permit because I was going to stay in Canada only for 24 weeks, so they didn't ask for the student visa. Apparently, someone misunderstood something because I needed it. I spent almost 2 hours at imigration. Finally, they gave me the tourist visa. At that moment, I was so upset with my agency because I payed them a lot of money to make all the paper work. Also, no one was waiting for me at the airport to pick me up. It was 2:00 am, and I was completely tired. I had called my homestay family, but they didn't answer. I decided to take a cab, and the nice driver let me use his cell phone to call my parents and the host family again. Finally, they answered. When I arrived at 5:00 am, I was totally exhastued.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008


I´m such a fan of movies. I really love going to the movie theathre to watch a movie. When I was in Monterrey, I used to go to watch a movie at least once a week. Some people like movies as much as me, but some of them prefer to watch them at home. Besides watching the movie, what I enjoy is the feeling of being in the cinema. Actually, sometimes I use to go alone because it´s kind of relaxing for me. The VIP Cinema are the best of all because you can watch the movie sit on a very confortable couch. Moreover, you have waiter service. In Mexico, to watch a movie is not as expensive as it is in Vancouver, so that´s why I used to go very often. You can watch a movie for 5 dlls. If you have a student card, you can watch it for 3.5 dlls. Since I am in Vancouver, I really miss going to the cinema, but I´ve found other ways to have fun.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

My problem...

I'm going to stay in Vancouver until December, that's why I've been looking for an apartment since last month. Even if I don't find one, I don't care because I'm very happy with my host family. My problem is that 2 mexicans friends want to visit Vancouver for holidays and they want to stay with me. I just sent them an email to let them know that I haven't found anything. They don't want to spend money for a hotel, therefore they are pushing me to get an apartment, no matter what. Eventhough they are very close friends, I think they shouldn't be acting like that. They don't care if I like the house where I'm living, otherwise they're just thinking about their holidays.

What should I tell them?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

My adventure in Vancouver

Hiking Grouse Mountain

Rahel, Pauline and me arrived to Vancouver almost on the same day. Therefore, we became close friends inmediately. During our first week in the city the weather was really bad and it was raining all the time. After waiting for 2 weeks, the sun finally appeared. For this reason, we decided to go hiking Grouse Mountain.

At first, everybody was so excited with the idea of hiking the mountain. After walking for 20 minutes, we realized that it wasn´t as easy as we had thought. For example, a friend felt tired and sick so she decided to go back. While we were getting close to the top, the road became harsh. In fact, my legs were shaking and I barely could breathe. However, I continued hiking. Finally, we did it.

The feeling of being on the top was great but I think I won´t do it again. At least, not for the next 2 months!

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Who am I?

1. While traveling from Manchester to London, she came up with the idea of writing fantady series books.
2. Since publishing the first book, she became famous.
3. Because her publisher feared that the target audience of young boys might be reluctant to buy books written by a female author, she changed her name.
4. While writing more books, she sold the film rights to Warner Bros.
5. Selling 400 million copies of books, she has gained more than $1.1 billion.
6. After publishig the last book, she claimed that she would much prefer to write any subsequent books under a pseudonym.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

HW: Adverbial

1. When I was a child, I used to play a lot of sports.
2. If I don't get the study permit, I'll go back to Mexico before I had planned.
3. Unless I have all the documents prepared, I can't get the medical tests done.
4. In case you feel sick, just take the blue pills.
5. Because I'm alergic to sea food, I don't like going to the beach on vacation.
6. After you left, she showed up at the party.
7. As soon as I get a new job, I'm moving to an apartment.
8. Once you feel better, we are going to watch a movie.
9. Before you leave the house, just let me know where are the keys.
10. Although i sent him an apology by sms, he still is mad at me.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Last night the restaurant was completely full. It looked like everyone was having a great time. They were enjoying mexican food and drinking margaritas. Suddenly, the birth-day girl arrived with their friends to celebrate.

"Can we get a table?" she asked kindly to the hostess.

"Sorry, but we don't have any. If you want to get it you should wait for 30 minutes," answered the young lady.

"Ok, we'll wait," replied the birth-day girl politely.

After waiting for a while, the group of friends were starving. The birth-day girl was desperate about it.

"Would you like to celebrate somewhere else?" her boyfriend asker her lovely.

"No, eventually we are getting in. I really want to celebrate with all of you in this mexican restaurant," the girl said effusively.

"Ok!" everyone answered vigorously.