Monday, November 10, 2008

To communicate... To be able to understand...

Living abroad... living outside your hometown should open your eyes to many different things...
One thing I'd very much like to indicate here is that America is composed by 3 continents : North America, Centre America & Caribbean, South America. (Find a link to wikipedia for more geographic information
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/América). Caribbean and South America are not the same nor have the same culture. Random countries might have similar activities or people, but they are so not identical.
This statement I believe is very important to people whose hometown is not America.
Languages, Religions, Goverments, General Cultures.. are very much different from one country to another, and so among continents...Depending on the education one had had, one will understand world and its enviroment.
When a latin american person decides to leave all behind (hometown, family, friends, routine..) and try something new.. its a complicated adventure...
Finding a decent appartment, a decent job, decent friends... its all a lottery, one have to play..

A decent appartment because (though its understandable) not everybody wants anybody in their houses. It is a difficult integration and even more if one do not share the same language. By language we want to imply a way to communicate, gestures, words, intentions. It is impressive that eventhough i speak spanish there is a large list of Spanish words (Spanish from Spain) that are not 100% clear to me.
It is a process of understanding that result in a very interesting process of integration, of which we can all gain and improve are vocabulary and ways to express certain things.
For those who dont know me, i was born at the Dominican Republic, a small island located in the beautiful Caribbean. People in my country (not saying i am included) are normally very friendly, opened, hard workers... and have a very particular way to express things (Find a link to a dominican dictionary with a lot of coloquial expressions
http://www.diccionariolibre.com/) . Today I can say i more or less understand people in Spain, but anytime i have been told my words are not clear or do not exist, i always refer them to wiki or the dictionary... nothing could be better expressed. Not a word that is registered there, could be doubted.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Money? Can one buy freedom?



Among all the creatures on Earth, God provided human beings of several privileges that shall make a difference between non rational animals and them.
Though time has passed by, we are not quite sure if all that is written on that called
“Bible” is true. But we can be certainly confident on us living this moment. Having our eyes opened and able to discover all that has been left of those mysterious moments and the ones that are alive or yet to come.
Myself, I am not a regular “Bible” reader nor like magazines. Let’s say I was not quite a reader before moving to Spain, but books that were mandatory at school (Uncle’s Tom Cabin, Platero & I, among many others), definitely soft.

A few months ago, I was given a book called “Rich Woman” (A Financial Guide for Woman) by Kim Kiyosaki.
My first thought? Are you going out of your mind or what?! So not reading that!
My second thought? This is a gift from my dad, the least I could do is to force myself to read it!
Today? Done with it and very much recommend it.
Even though I barely like finance, economics or things that are related, it is just there. It is life itself, it is at our work, house, spare time. All the things one do, involve them.
Investments? Great alternative to have hand pocket money, fluent cash, different than your regular income. Does not appeal to be different for one person to another in terms of retribution; although you need a certain level of information to make them work. Does not have a better response depending on your age (Age is not a fact here, neither a barrier).
This book shows how independent a woman could be economically. Which takes me to the thought that it is a great moment for this to come out, considering women are, nowadays, trying to demonstrate how strong they are and can be while having a house (family), a job and her own social life.
It gives you the non anymore utopian idea of “Yes, I could retire at age 35” .