We’d like you to meet our two new volunteers from Spain who will be helping us in the period prior to the Carnival while learning along the way in the subjects that matters to them most. Here’s their first impressions of Liverpool and Brouhaha.
MONICA (in the photo above)
I’m in my last year of Illumination studies at the University of Principe Felipe. The opportunity to do an internship abroad presented itself through the Erasmus programme and I accepted without thinking twice.
The destination is Liverpool.
When I was flying through the British sky I was afraid of this “hard” accent everyone was telling me about. They were right – for the first two weeks it was impossible to understand more than two words per phrase. Soon I learned that a “quid” is “one pound”, “nar” is “no” and “chicken” sometimes sounds like “chihen”.
The first thing I thought about Liverpool was – “Oh my God, what a grey place! Where’s my lovely Sun? Quickly this greyness was eclipsed by the colourful people I found in the streets. The same colourful soul is felt in Brouhaha and it’s represented in each colourful costume you can find in the Carnival workshop.
Liverpool is a city full of contrasts and a mixture of cultures you can see and even taste in all the different types of restaurants. I love it!
My name is Alvaro, I’m 27, from Madrid. I’m a student of Audiovisual Realisation of Projects and Shows.
I always considered myself a creative personality. I’ve found that I can express myself best through audiovisuals and I want to build my professional career in this field. My idea is to keep learning, improving my skills and take on a new challenge. My school offered the chance to go abroad and one second later I said: “Yes”.
The Erasmus program offered to me to go to Liverpool and I knew that I’d love the city. I used to live in London and Madrid so Liverpool felt like the perfect mix of the things that I like from England – the culture, the music, the lifestyle and the cinema but in a smaller multicultural city with It’s own style. Here I have the opportunity to be more independent, free and live on my own.
I always loved to travel, meet new people and live through new experiences. I thought it was the right moment to make a new change in my life. The things in Madrid aren’t going bad for me, but this is an opportunity that I couldn’t refuse.
I vividly remember my first days in Liverpool. I must admit they were horrible. I stayed in the smallest room I’ve ever seen – cold, no plug and internet and all my things were still in the suitcase.
Things have changed now – I’ve gotten a better room, I feel free and comfortable, I have friends and nice workmates and most of the people here are very kind. I’ve got a bike and I always look for interesting things to do. I like going to the pubs and watching football matches live. I went to visit some of the museums and monumental places of Liverpool and I also went to see one of my favourite bands in concert: The Who. What else can I say, I like this city and there are a lot of good things yet to come.
But what have I come to do here? I will be working for three months at a local company: Brouhaha. Brouhaha could be a good starting point and give me chance and the tools to make this experience a great learning opportunity.The company accepted me and Monica with open arms. It’s a multicultural company with so many good projects so we help them in many different areas. They appreciate our ideas and I hope we can do a lot of things together.
Apart from this I couldn’t understand half of the things that people have said to me. I’ve never heard an accent like that!
Sometimes I miss my friends and family, the food, the weather, my guitars… but most of the time I am happy to be here… “Y’know , you never walk alone.”
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XO, Your Brouhaha family