Sunday, February 26, 2012

Being represented

Few weeks ago I participated in an international exchange between Slovenian grammar school from Ljubljana and Spanish grammar school from Alicante (east coast). I worked as a Spanish speaking guide on one of their excursions. After spending whole day together, conversing about all kinds of different things, they told me that if they did not know I was Slovenian they would never guess. They described me as an open minded, talkative young woman with cheerful disposition. They described my character as a Mediterranean type as opposed to what they imagined a real Slovene was; someone who is holding back, is closed and keeps to themselves. I believe they perceived me the way I wanted to be.

I think a lot of Slovenians are more closed and keep to themselves but I would not say that this are qualities that define you as a "real" Slovene. What is even more, I do not believe something like "real" Slovene, or any other nationality for that matter, is even possible. Of course there are people who are described as "real" and fit the stereotype but as we all know stereotypes are just generalizations. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

About me...


I'm Urša. I study Language Mediation in Tourism. This blog is part of English class assignment.

So to start, something about me: Like I said my name is Urša. I'm from Ljubljana which is a capital city of Slovenia. I study tourism in Portorož. I have always wanted to live at the seaside and to have a room with a view of the sea. And being able to study something you really like and living near sea is honestly a dream come true.
Sea view from my room

I love reading, swimming, skiing, history, travelling, learning about other cultures & new languages. Beside Slovene which is my mother tongue I speak English, Spanish, Italian and a little bit of German.

I have the best summer job in the world. I get to spend all my summer in Greece and I get paid for it. I work at island of Chios which is located in Aegean Sea, few miles from the Turkish coastline.
Bay of Elinda, Chios