Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Burnaby vs Alcobendas

I live in Alcobendas, a neighborhood in Madrid. It is neighborhood like Burnaby in Vancouver. For these reason, I am going to compare these two different areas instead of Madrid vs Vancouver. Both places have several things in common, like could be an inefficient public transport, specially in the morning and afternoon, when all the commuters have to go to work, very few Hospitals, Schools and other community services. The average population who lives in both neighborhoods have a medium-high standard of living, and also have to deal with the problem of the real state because a house in those neighborhoods cost the earth!.

Even though they have a lot of similar things, they have huge differences like the way of life. For example in Burnaby each family lives in his own house with his own backyard. However in Alcobendas almost everyone lives in flats, some of them with a balcony or terrace but not more than that. Other important difference between Alcobendas and Burnaby are the small local business, very common in the ground level of the buildings in Alcobendas and totally rare in Burnaby, where Shopping Malls are common.

During the last ten or eight years, the phenomenon of the Globalization has been affecting these two neighborhoods, becoming them in multi-ethnic societies because the immigration has increased for different reasons The European Union, Hong Kong belongs to China, Balcanic war, Iraq war… But at least these two neighborhoods are not in the main tourism routes, they don’t have the lure of the capitals, so the massive tourism are not affected them like other parts of world.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

I don’t belong to the actual Tamwood generation.

Has anyone ever asked how long is one generation in Tamwood?. I had never thought about it before, but it is amazing how fast Tamwood is changing. It is true that I’m not in the average age of Tamwood students even though I was able to change my mind in order to think like a student in his twenties. (Maybe someone could think that my real mind is like that, so I didn’t need to change it. It’s totally false). At the beginning, all the students knew each other and the atmosphere was friendly, perhaps because when I arrived four month ago Tamwood was a small school with no more than 70 students and 7 classes. However, nowadays Tamwood has more than 150 students and more than 12 classes.

Just in only four months, everything has changed. Only two students and four teachers are still in the school (Even the secretary has changed), So my challenge had been saying Bon Voyage to all of them. If someone asked me “How did you handle it?” I would say depends on the day and the person who was leaving because I will never forget the good moments with the “Green Helmets”. They really make a mark on my life.

In conclusion, I can feel that my time in Tamwood is almost over, These actual Tamwood generation, in my opinion, has other priorities on their lives. They come basically for one month during their holidays to improve their English and that’s all. However, it is easy to me to go back to Spain because I really can feel that I don’t belong to the actual Tamwood generation.

I want to dedicate this part of the Blog to “The Green Helmet Generation”
Jachen, Miku, Pedro Chile, Pedro Brazil, Thais, Bettina, Philip, Marine, Yandle, Sophie, Hari, Son Youngho, Hyo Jin, Santiago, Rafael, Abdullah, Kyogei and the rest of the people of the School. I don’t want to forget our wonderful friends and also teachers Charlotte, Jacqueline, Monique, Kazu , Allie and of course Hani.