Last week, during my 100th post, I’ve received a comment from Vadim asking me if I’ve found Canadian friends:
My question will be a bit personal.
Have you found new friends in Toronto, not Brazilian, but Canadian?
How do you spend your free time: weekend, vacation?
I can’t speak for everybody, but I’d like to talk about my case. Yes, I have found new friends in Toronto. They’re from different backgrounds: Mexico, Italy, Portugal, Philippines, Angola, Russia, India, Bulgaria, etc. However, I would not say that we’re very close to each other. I’ve been invited to parties at some of them. Some we went, some we did not.
However, we have to understand that each country has its own culture and as far as I know, they (we) usually like to be close to each other and speak their (our) own language. Needless to say, some immigrants living in Canada are not 100% integrated within the Canadian culture. They’d prefer to visit friends, go to places with friends from their own country.
Is this something wrong? Of course it is not. From my previous job, I’ve had friends too. I worked there for 2 years and I’ve never seen/heard my colleagues going to each others houses or something like that. You are friend only during the work day. And that’s it.
Weekends I stay at home and go out and visit some friends (in most cases, Brazilians. Or should I say all of them?) I like to stay at home and take care of the house, watch tv, read blogs and books. Vacation? We go to Brazil every two years. The other one we stay in Canada or go abroad and visit other countries.
What about you? What you have to say?