Coincidences at the other side of the planet

Hi, it’s Pedro here. I’m taking this course with Chi who is from Vietnam. As she wrote in her blog post, we have started the meetings a little behind schedule because of school tasks and other duties didn’t let us find a common free time to meet up. But at last, on March 9th we had our first encounter

at TAMK library.

Well about the meeting, this was an introductory one where we introduced our countries and cultures. At first, I didn’t realize that we were sharing lots of common aspects regarding our cultural background. To begin with the fact that Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia and Peru in South America, both being near the equatorial line makes them countries have a tropical climate. However, both have a mountainous part where temperatures can reach the sub-zero degrees. But the before mentioned is not everything our countries have in common. I found really interesting the fact that our cultures share similar habits and also similar ways to dress up when it comes to some specific areas of the country. For instance, Andean people in Peru and some ethnics in northern Vietnam wear identical costumes, same use of colours and patterns on their clothes. As well as a similar set up of street markets and way of selling the goods in those.

Moreover, a very important similarity we found is concerning food. The use of rice and some other spices in both make the outcome very similar for each country. Soups, rice, noodles, etc. We showed each other our favourite foods and we wrapped up the meeting with that because we got really hungry.

In the left photos Vietnamese food and street market, in the right ones Peruvian food and street food market. 

To sum up, it was an engaging meeting the aspects we talked about made it to naturally flow. We agreed to talk about our language at the next meeting, let’s find out if those are also similar.

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