STYLE A co Váš život v Ostravě a v regionu? Jak se vám tady žije? Myslím si, že je Ostrava kulturně velmi důležitá pro celou Českou republiku. V Ostravě můžeme vidět mnoho hudebníků, umělců a herců. Je to až neuvěřitelné a dělá to Ostravu kulturně velmi zajímavou. Každý měsíc je v nabídce dlouhý list divadelních vystoupení, koncertů, výkladů poezie atd. Mě, osobně, se tato kulturní část Ostravy velmi líbí.
Také si na Ostravě užívám její gastronomii. Po celém městě můžeme vidět nádherné bistra, které nabízí výborné jídlo. Na příklad: La Petit Conversation, Hogo Fogo, nebo Gokana, abych vyjmenoval pár mých oblíbených. Nakonec bych rád zmínil, že pro mě je Ostrava nádherná hlavně proto, že je plná příjemných lidí. Za dobu svého pobytu zde jsem si našel opravdu dobré přátele, kteří jsou pro mě rodinou. A za to jsem velmi vděčný.
Adan Sanchez: Teacher – Lively Spaniard
Adan Sanchez is musical performer, and has been teaching Music and Spanish at the 1st International School of Ostrava for several years now. Mr. Sanchez is originally from Spain, however, after experiencing the Czech Republic, he decided to move here, and so we interviewed him about his story and new life in Ostrava. Why did you decide to come to the Czech Republic, what is your story? In 2010/2011 I decided to take part in the Erasmus program. Afte r some issues with choosing a university, I was offered to continue my studies of music in Brno. I went to the Masaryk University, where I met a lot of great musicians that studied at the same department as me. I remember that year as one of the most beautiful and intense years of my life. During this time, I also came to experience Ostrava for the first time, and this was through a flamenco music. I made a friend, Aneta Suchumelova, who is a flamenco dancer, and she organized two flamenco concerts in Ostrava, in the Spanish restaurant Pata Negra. The concerts were a great success. I am still amazed by the fact that Czech people love flamenco as much as I do. I knew after I left in 2011, that I would come back eventually, and five years later, I did return, this time to Ostrava, to work at the 1st International School of Ostrava as a Music and Spanish teacher. I haven’t had any doubts about my decision since I came here, in fact, each day I spend here solidifies for me that I made the right decision. Where are you from exactly, and how are the people of that area? I’m originally from a village in the south of Spain called Arcos de la Frontera. It’s a very bright and beautiful village on top of a big mountain. It belongs to the province of Cádiz, (Andalucía). It is a village of artists, its history holds lot of great writers, musicians, painters and some people attribute this to its beauty. It can inspire almost anyone. The people in general are very joyful and happy, and I strongly believe that the weather has something to do with this: because it is nice all year round, even during winter. What is your current opinion on Spain? (in regards to the people, etc.) In recent years, Spain as a country has disappointed me in many ways. I still cannot understand why or how is the state still unable to provide
decent job opportunities for the current generation of young adults, which are well qualified and eager to work. The reality is, that an increasing amount of people are leaving the country with no intentions of coming back. I definitely blame this on the irresponsible behavior of our politicians, most of them are just swimming in their own corruption. How is your life at the 1st International School of Ostrava? My life in at the 1st International School of Ostrava is a dream life as a teacher. It has been a learning experience for me right from the get-go, however, I was lucky to be surrounded by amazing and very experienced teachers, as they were able to help me out in many ways. Something worth mentioning is the school’s atmosphere, as it makes life at ISO wonderfull. The multicultural environment is inspiring and develops an open medium for teaching and also for learning. I’m very thankful to the school and I am looking forward to what the coming years at the school have in store for me.
Adan Sanchez Caro Age:
Hobbies and interests:
Music, tv shows, nice evenings with friends and a nice glass of wine Favourite place in the Moravian–Silesian region:
Beskyd Mountains Favourite Czech food:
Goulash and potato salad
How is your life in Ostrava / the region? In my opinion, Ostrava plays a very important role in the cultural scene of the Czech Republic. The amount of musicians, actors, artists, etc. here is unbelievable and it really adds something new to the cultural life of the area. Each month, Ostrava offers a great variety of theatre programs, concerts, poetry jams, etc. and, personally, this is something I can really get behind. Another thing I really enjoy is the gastronomy. There are lot of nice bistros and restaurants in Ostrava. I personally fell in love with: “La petit conversation,” “Hogo Fogo,” and “Gokana,” just to list off a few of my favorites. Finally, I feel like a big factor that allows me to enjoy life in Ostrava so much is that there are a lot of amazing people around me. I have been able to find friends that are essentially family to me now, and for that, I am very thankful.
Text: Adam Koneval Student of The Ostrava International School, IB programme
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