First meeting: Our countries have more similarities than we thought!

Hi, I’m Chi from Vietnam and my partner in this course is Pedro from Peru. This is my first blog post, it’s pretty late since we were quite busy with our own study and finally managed to arrange our first meeting on Friday 9th of March. We already knew each other because we are both from International Business program and I am his tutor so there was no need for self-introduction anymore. However, to give it an easy start, we decided to use this meeting to introduce about our country. We both admitted that we knew very little about each other’s country and then were surprised to see quite a lot of similarity between Vietnam and Peru. Talk about geographical location, our countries were located in two separate continents, one is in South East Asia and one is in South America. However, they are both near the Equator so the two countries share a similar tropical climate. In Vietnam, we have cool winter in the North of the country and in the mountainous area and in Peru they also have winter in the central mountainous area also. We discovered another similarity while looking at ethnic minority communities in both country, they look almost identical considering their costumes. They are both colorful and made of brocade with similar pattern style.

Hmong people in Northen Vietnam
Andean people

And of course, we did talk about food and found some similarity between Peru’s cuisine and Vietnamese food as well as Asian food in general. As a common perception, we eat a lot of rice in Vietnam and it’s true. Rice is the main starch source in daily meals and we also eat rice noodle but as it’s more complicated to make, we usually have it in restaurants. Pedro didn’t notice at first but then when we talked more about food, he realized they eat rice quite a lot also. There is one dish Pedro showed me and it looks almost the same as a type of fried rice in Vietnam, the dish calls “arroz chaufa” in which arroz means rice while the Vietnamese version is “cơm rang” which just literally means fried rice.

Vietnamese “cơm rang”
Peruvian “arroz chaufa”

Overall, we had a very interesting start, realizing that our countries have more similarities than we thought. We agreed to meet the same time this week on Friday and will exchange some simple Vietnamese and Spanish vocabulary.

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