Nuria from Costa Rica: Living La Pura Vida!

Nuria, our regional Pocket Cultures contributor from Costa Rica, shares why she joined the Pocket Cultures team. “It is simply wonderful to be able to share my culture because I learn more about it and become more aware of it, which makes me value it even more.” Such an excellent way to describe why we on the Pocket Cultures team are enjoying writing about our cultures (or the cultures we live in)!

Tell us a bit about yourself

My name is Nuria Villalobos and I am a professor of English as a Foreign Language. I work at Universidad Nacional and currently study a Master’s in the Teaching of Spanish as a Second Language. I speak Spanish, English and Portuguese and would like to learn many more languages. I am from Costa Rica and I have always lived here, except for two years when I was an exchange student in the United States. That has been the best experience of my life because I learned a lot about myself, my culture and the world. Since I made so many international friends, I got really interested in cultures, and that’s when I discovered the passion I have for them.

January 26, 2012 12 comments

From our contributors: week of January 23

Our contributors have updated their personal blogs. Drop by and say hi!

Our contributor Carrie just moved from Bali to Mendoza, Argentina. In her blogpost Leaving Bali. In a word: heartbroken, she talks about their life in Bali and the things she’ll miss.

“I was never naïve enough to think that Bali would be forever, and yet, without a doubt, am still heartbroken at leaving.”

Jenna, our contributor from Poland, wrote Notes from the Martin Luther King Monument, in which she describes a visit to the MLK Memorial in Washington, DC, and the emotions it evoked.

“As I watched, I realized that the boy’s impromptu MLK day tribute had far more focus than I’d ever given to the civil rights leader. Previous MLK holidays had passed with a respectful nod, but lacking the sort of reflection initiated by the etched words carved deeply into those slick granite tiles.”

DeeBee, our contributor from France, goes on a tour of the art at the Bastille Metro Station on The Republic in the Metro, where scenes from the French Revolution are depicted.

“More than 220 years after the bloody revolution, modern artists excelled on giving us an idyllic image of this phase of history that freed the people from an authoritarian regime but at the cost of many unnecessary and barbaric deaths “

Sandra, our contributor from Portugal, takes us on a nighttime tour of Zwolle, in the Netherlands: Zwolle at night.

“After visiting the Beelden Festival, we went for a walk in the city. Zwolle is one of my favourites in the Netherlands. The city is situated in the province of the Overijssel in the central eastern part of the country. We took about one hour to arrive there.”


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First blog roundup of the year
From our contributors: week of December 20th
From our contributors: week of December 4

January 24, 2012 Comments disabled

Ana’s Multicultural Household: Argentine and British Couple Living in Dallas, Texas

Meet Ana from Argentina! Ana, shown below at the historic train station of the town of Capilla del Señor in the province of Buenos Aires, is from Argentina but currently lives in Dallas, Texas with her British husband. Talk about lots of very different cultural experiences! Ana is a contributing editor here at Pocket Cultures, and also writes her own blog too, Ana Travels.

Where do you live? Where are you from? If those are different, can you tell us a little about what inspired your move?

I’m currently living in Dallas, Texas, which is very different from where I grew up, Argentina. We moved to the US because of my husband’s job in the fields of telecommunications.

January 19, 2012 Comments disabled

First blog roundup of the year

This is what some of our contributors have been up to in their personal blogs. Drop by and say hi!

Marcel, our contributor from Ireland and Berlin, describes how his move back to Berlin across Europe went.

“Crisscrossed Europe in a small and overloaded Japanese car, with the constant fear of getting crushed by my complete household whenever I brake too hard. Thankfully there was no snow and all ferries were running on schedule.”

Anu, our contributor from India, posted an interesting photo essay about images of the sky snapped from different means of transport.

I am back at last from my trip – the last one of 2011 and also the first one of 2012. I was accompanied throughout by some wonderful weather, the cyclone Thane throwing no hurdles in my path, just a lot of clouds and some rain to enliven our travel! “

Carmen, our contributor from Romania, shows a display of Christmas lights in the city of Bucharest.

DeeBee, our contributor from France, shows a pretty collection of modern shop signs inspired by medieval ones.

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From our contributors: week of December 20
From our contributors: week of December 4
From our contributors: week of November 21

January 10, 2012 2 comments

From our contributors: week of September 27th

Here’s our bi-weekly roundup of articles written by some members of our contributors team on their personal blogs. Happy reading!

LeX, our contributor from Malaysia, writes about the 10 festivals visitors to Korea shouldn’t miss this autumn. From the Icheon Ceramics Festival to the Andong Mask Dance Festival to the Gyeongju Traditional Drink & Rice Cake Festival, LeX provides interesting and useful information for visitors.

“After a hot steaming summer, autumn is on its way. The floras started to shrink back to its buds, some of the flowers may start to wilt and fall drop to prepare the coming of cold season. The tree of the leaves will start to turn into maple leaves where various attracting colours such yellow, orange, red maple leaves can be seen everywhere in Korea. So, what can you do if you want to visit Korea in this refreshing fall season? ” (more…)

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From our contributors: September 13th

Here’s our bi-weekly roundup of articles written by members of out team on their personal blogs. This week we take a virtual tour of the art in some Paris churches, take part in the Moon Festival in Japan, get pushed in Hong Kong and celebrate Ganesh Chaturthi in Mumbai. Happy reading!

Anu, our contributor from India, writes about the last day of Ganesh Chartuthi, a festival devoted to the Hindu god Ganesha. Although it was raining, devotees came out ion full force to celebrate their god.

“This year, the Lord arrived amidst pouring rains, and he decided to leave amidst pouring rains too! After a couple of dry days, the heavens seem to have opened up just for Him to leave! However, the enthusiasm has not abated…” (more…)

September 13, 2011 4 comments