July 11, 2008 4:35:57 PM CEST
belerofonte (Jul 8 2008, 04:35 PM) said: > original post
Hi D@nil@, i am a spanish guy, and because of my job i have been living in many different places in spain, and well, you will find friendly and open minded people as well as stupid and brainless people, like in any other place. When i read what you posted (we are all european!) you touched mi sensible side, i just think the same, but we have a long road to walk until that becomes a reality...
If you have any questiion about life, job, people... just email me, lets see if i can answer it! my email is firstname.lastname@example.org
thanks a lot for your reply... I was thinking that nobody wanted to comment my post with ideas and experiences!
Great! I will write you ASAP so that you have my email address as well
... but I think that maybe some questions I have could be useful to someone else with the same doubts so it would be nice to continue the information exchange on the forum, do you agree?
Let's begin with a question on people and integration.
You are right when you say that everywhere you find people more or less "brain gifted" but coming from the present bad experience in CH we wouldn't fall into another "cultural shock place" in which you are rejected only because your nationality is not the local one so that the integration is not possible unless you wear a mask and you behave exactly like they want you to behave.
I mean, it's OK for me to "absorb" local way of living but this shouldn't forcibly cancel what I am.
I have always been living in multi-cultural environment travelling a lot and having friends from a lot of different places in the world but I never had so many problems like here in CH.
So, going back to Spain, I read some posts on which there were people having quite a lot of integration problems as well, also when speaking Spanish, therefore I decided to ask for opinions, from expats already living there as well as from Spanish.
I am openly less concerned about me being Italian living in Spain than my boyfriend being German: for example, here I am treated often as a "poor lady coming from Italy who never studied" because historically a lot of my compatriots were coming from South Italy to CH just after the war to build roads, houses and carve caves, etc. so that the "second generation" of them is only able to speak dialect, Swiss and Italian from the place where they are coming from and the education level is unfortunately not really high.
With Germans is a different story. Here they hate them! They unmounted part of our car, with German number plate, at work my boyfriend is mobbed just because of his nationality, in the train hearing that he was speaking High German instead of Swiss dialect they told him "Nazi Schwein" (literally nazi pork)... this I think is really not acceptable...
there was also a German lady who tried to work on a local radio here in Zürich as deejay ... well, after they destroyed her car and sent her a lot of threats she decided to go back to Germany...
Tell me that in Spain is not like this, please!!!!
The image I have of Spain is completely different and people I met along my travels have always been lovely.
I strongly believe in RESPECT, also to people who are not similar to me. It's a basic.
Well I guess that as usual I wrote a bit too much
but I think you can easily understand how I feel nowadays...
I look forward to your comments!!! I have quite a lot more subjects to discuss...
¡Muchas gracias Belerofonte! ¡Hasta pronto!