2.- DID YOU HAVE A PREVIOUS IMAGE OF THIS COUNTRY? MENTION AND DISCUSS IT/ THEM Adriana : “I have been travelling from Venezuela to Spain since a was a child, so my knowledge of the country was very good”. Vladislav : “Better life, better house, the sun, the beaches and the clean sea”. Mª Elena : “I thought that it was colder than Venezuela and that there were beautiful and ancient monuments”. Ana Filipa : “Life was better in Spain and I liked its culture and folks.” Mery : “ I thought that Spain was a country full of history, castles, medieval past and with a full range of landscapes”. Marcela : “The medieval past, the flamenco, paella, jamón Serrano and all the delicious food in general”. Gustavo : “Its history and peculiar geography. The rich gastronomy “
3.- WHICH WERE THE REASONS FOR YOUR COMING? FAMILY,POLITICS, ECONOMY,OTHERS. Adriana : We came here to find a better life due to the lack of jobs and money in my country of origin. Vladislav : To study in the Spanish Educational System. MªElena : We came here for political and economic reasons. Life in Venezuela is becoming worse everyday and my mum decided to come to Spain to start a new life. Ana Filipa : For economical reasons and because fortunately we have family here who could help us to find a job and a house. Mery : My father has Galician ancestors and in Peru economy was going worse and worse, so that is the reason because we chose A Guarda to settle. Marcela : My father is from Goian close to A Guarda and my mother is Brasilian. When my father lost his job in Sao Paulo, we decided to move here. Gustavo : Part of my mother´s family was living here.
Adriana : Corpus Christi carpets and the Three Wise Men. Vladislav : Mountain Festival. Mª Elena : Mountain Festival, Corpus Christi carpets, Lobster festivity. Ana Filipa : Carnivals in Galicia and Mountain Festival. Mery : Mountain Festival and Chestnut Festival. Marcela : Mountain Festival and Chestnut Festival. Gustavo : Mountain Festival , Carnivals in Galicia and Magosto.
5.- WHICH OF THE FESTIVITIES MENTIONED ABOVE HAVE ANY SIMILARITY WITH ANY OF YOUR COUNTRY ORIGIN? Adriana : All Saints Festivity, because I think it has a long tradition in the catholic countries. Vladislav : Easter is also a very important festivity for the Ortodox Church in Russia. Mª Elena : All the Easter celebrations are similar and we have also the three Wise Men festivity the 6th January. Ana Filipa : They are almost the same as in Spain, but Easter and Corpus Christi carpets are also very common in Portugal. Mery : The carnivals and Easter processions are common in Peru and I think in the rest of South America. Marcela and Gustavo : In Brasil we have a mixture of cultures from Africa, Europe and even China so apart the Carnival and some catholic festivities in our country of origin is quite different.
6.- WHICH AT LEAST TWO FESTIVITIES OF YOUR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN THAT HAS LITTLE OR NOTHING TO DO THE ONES OF THIS COUNTRY? Adriana : Carnivals, Student´s parties, grape harvest. Vladislav: “Maslenitsa” which is a festivity to welcome spring, 23 rd february Victory of the former SovietUnion. Mª Elena: Independence day (Simon Bolivar). Ana Filipa: In Christmas we do not have the typical Spanish desserts and we celebrate the 13rd of May to commemorate the Virgin of Fátima. Mery : Independence Day Marcela and Gustavo : “Temanja” , festivity to honor our family spirits.