Reflective writing Type the document subtitle Sebolelo Mokoena Contents Introduction. 3 1…
.. First impression of Porto and the cultural shock.
3 1.1 The culture shock. 3 1.1.2..
…. The honeymoon stage.
. The frustration stage. 4 1.1.
. The adjustment stage. 5 1.1.5.
….. The acceptance stage. 5 2.
…. Prejudices and stereotypes about South Africa. 6 3.
…. Where is home. 6 4.
…. Portuguese lifestyle.
7 5….. The meaning of peace. 7 6.
New technologies and their impact on human life. 8 Introduction Thefollowing essay will be reflective essay will be based on several factors 1. Firstimpression of Porto and the cultural shock WhenI first arrived in Porto I was full of excitement and wonder.
I admired thearchitectural designs of the buildings and landscapes of Porto. When I arrivedat our residence I was most impressed by the view of the river from my windowand waking up to the sounds of birds chirping, such pleasant and breathtakingtranquility. Theaccommodation also being pleasant in the sense that it’s tranquil thus matchingmy personality. In addition to that, the reside 1.1 Theculture shock Itwasn’t until I arrived in Porto that I fully comprehended cultural shock.Growing up it was always my dream to go abroad, be it to work or study.
It’sstrange how we don’t realize the impact that being in a familiar environmenthas on a person’s well being and personal growth. Cultureshock can be defined as 1.1.2. Thehoneymoon stage Thefirst stage is the most exhilarating one as it consists of fascination with thepeople, their language and the food.
This is the stage where travelers arefilled with positive emotions regarding their decision to travel and anadventure that can never end.Imust say, immediately when I landed in Porto I fell straight into the honeymoonstage. I was so consumed by being in Porto, I wanted to explore everything. Iwas filled with fascination regarding the people (the manner in which they spoke and interacted witheach other), the transportation systemof Porto which is so reliable and smooth slaying. I had imagined myself beingin Portugal for such a long time and it was finally happening. So I wanted tosee as much as I could. Within a short space of time I had seen places in Portothat I never thought I would ever see in person, one of the places being Estadio de dragoa.
For years I had beenseeing FC Porto all over the TV screens but little did I know that I wouldsomeday arrive there. Wherever I went I ensured my phones battery was ready andI was also camera ready because I wanted to capture everything I saw. I didn’twant to miss anything. 1.1.3. Thefrustration stage Frustration stage may be considered themost difficult stage of the culture shock, as you go from being fascinated bythe language to finding yourself in apposition where you are overwhelmed withnot understanding the gestures and signs.
This is then followed bycommunication breakdown due to language barrier. The frustration stage can be veryexhausting at times as simple things like buying something from the store canrequire tremendous effort on your part. I found myself at stores trying topurchase items but because I couldn’t understand the language I found myself inan awkward position and at times I would end up not purchasing the item becauseof the language barrier. Going to the supermarket in a foreign country alsoproved to be quiet tiresome and I was surprised at how many things I had takenfor granted.
For instance, simple thingssuch as being able to read the name of the product and its functions. Going to the supermarket now requireddoing some research before hand, like searching for the name of the item inPortuguese and also what the equivalent was just in case the one I wantedwasn’t at the store. After gathering all the data then one could have peace ofmind while shopping at the supermarket. 1.
1.4. Theadjustment stage At this stage frustration often subduesas travelers start become familiar with their surroundings, the differentcultures, people, languages, food and new environment. This is the stage wherenavigation becomes easier for travelers and it’s the point where friends aswell as communities of support are established and certain details of languagebecome more recognizable during this stage. 1.1.
5. Theacceptance stage Thisstage can take weeks, months or even year to reach. The last stage is wherebythe individual realizes that they don’t need to comprehend everything about thenew surrounding in order to function there.
During this stage, travelers havethe familiarity of the new surroundings and can draw together the necessaryresources to feel at ease. I haven’t yet reached the acceptancephase but I’m positive as time goes on that I will reach it as I become morefamiliar with Porto and realize that I don’t need to fully comprehendeverything about Porto in order to function here. I am fortunate that I am notalone here, as there is a group of us, South African students all staying atthe same residence. So we are able to encourage and support one another as weadjust to living in a foreign country. 2. Prejudices and stereotypes about South Africa There are several prejudicesand stereotypes about South Africa that are well know. Some of these consistof. Ø SouthAfrica is just made up of a jungle where wild animals roam freeØ SouthAfricans have wild animals as petsØ Thereare only black people in South AfricaØ AllSouth Africans are IsizuluThemost common stereotype about South Africa is that it’s very rural with wildanimals roaming around everywhere.
Which is extreme misconception. South Africais a very industrialized nation. We don’t have wild animals as pets. AlthoughSouth Africa has a vast range of wild animals, special care is taken to ensurethe safety of both animals and people. Wild animals are kept in secure gamereserves, parks and zoos. The South African reserves do however have sectionswhere the animals roam freely within the game reserve and people aretransported throughout the reserve in secure cars that allow them to get closeenough to see the animals.
All this is done under the supervision of the 3. Whereis home Ithink one of the most over used statements regarding description of home is, home is where the heart is. I think the reason for it’s over use isbecause whenever we think of home we imagine a place filled with love andwarmth. A place where you are surrounded by those you care about. A placefilled with reciprocal love, care and patience for one another, where you canbe yourself without fear of intimidation or discrimination. Thereforeto define a home solely based on the physical structure or location will be andincomplete definition or illustration of the concept of home. 4.
Portugueselifestyle The text should be written based on information you collect fromportuguese people (colleagues and other people you know) . Please ask them whatthey consider to be the typical portuguese lifestyle (entertainment, food,habits, traditions, family, work routines, worldview, travelling, etc). traditions about PortoUnbeaten CityThe city of Porto played animportant role in defending the ideals of liberalism in the battles of thenineteenth century.
Because of the courage andvalor with which Oporto endured the siege of the miguelista troops during thecivil war of 1832-34, it was granted the title of Invicta Cidade do Porto byQueen D. Maria II.FrancesinhaInvented in the 60’s by anemployee of Regaleira, Daniel Silva, Francesinha is a typical Porto specialty. Based on the typical Parisiansnack, croque-monsieur, francesinha is one of the most appreciated delicaciesin the city of Porto.The great secret offrancesinha is in the sauce, which among other ingredients carries beer andPort wine. However, the best Frenchrestaurants keep the secret of the seven-key sauce.São João do PortoThis popular festival takesplace from June 23 to 24 inthe city of Porto. It is an officially Catholicfestival, but with pagan origin.
This feast celebrated at firstthe solstice of June and the fertility, related to the harvests and the abundance.Later on, the Church made thispagan celebration of joy and abundance in the harvests a religious celebration,the patron saint of which was St. John. On the night of St.
John, the streetsof Porto are filled with people and on the two banks of the river Douro which divides Porto and Gaia,people crowd to watch the fireworks spectacles.Garlic, rubber hammers,sardines and bread are not lacking in the streets. And there are even arraiais insome typical places of the city. The night of Oporto is alsolively with concerts promoted by the local authority.
The term “tripeiro”In 1414 the king D. João Idecided to conquer Ceuta, although that decision was kept in secret. Support to Porto was requestedso that the fleet that was to follow to conquer Ceuta was built in thedockyards of the Douro.When the Infante D.
Henriquewent to the king’s command, his father, to Porto, from where he was born, askedfor all the support and greater speed in the construction of the vessels sothat they could leave as soon as possible.The inhabitants of Porto thenoffered all the meat they had to carry on the vessels and thus support theconquest of Ceuta. In Oporto, the viscera, theintestines, remained, and the population had to create new ways of cookingthem.
Hence the name of tripeirosfor the Porto, because they fed on guts for a long time.Typical DishesgutsPortuguese cuisine is rich andvaried. Porto is no exception. It also takes your name andthe one of your country borders out.
There are several typical dishesin Oporto, the best known of which is the “francesinha”, followed byPorto’s guts, the Gomes de Sá cod, and the famous green soup that accompaniesthe grilled sardines in times of popular and arraial festivals.In addition, with the rapidgrowth of the night in Porto, other spaces have been recognized nationally. After all, who has never heardof the ham sandwiches with the cheese from Serra da Casa Guedes or the nails inbread, also with cheese from Serra, do Venham plus 5?If you want to discover more,there is nothing like going on a gastronomic tour of the city of Porto. You can simply do it solo orelse choose to buy a tour of Taste Porto, where you will be guided on footthrough the streets of the city, learning about history and sampling the mostdiverse and delicious delicacies. 5. Themeaning of peace Peace is a concept that hasbeenMost of the time when we thinkof peace we like to think of peace in terms of our surroundings. But for me peaceis more than just about physical things. I believe peace starts from within.
Whenyou don’t have inner peace it is very difficult At the same time having innerpeace in an environment that has no peace can also have its disadvantages. So Ibelieve that peace is a combination of your environment as well as your inner being. Self actualisation 6.
Newtechnologies and their impact on human life I amso grateful for technology because it plays a big role in terms ofcommunicating information as well as basic interaction on a daily basis.Technology gives us the convenience of communicating with people miles away. Italso has an impact on education and careers.
Thanks to technology, when itcomes to applying for universities, you don’t have to walk into everyuniversity to find out the courses that they are offering, prerequisites forthe course and then apply. Technologyallows us to simply log on to the internet, find the University of your Choiceand go to their platform and find everything you need. If there’s anyuncertainty you can just send an email or phone the university and you will getthe information you need. You can even apply online. The cherry on top is thatyou can even study online which is very convenient especially if you have afull time job. Applyingfor jobs has also become much easier to do thanks to technology.
You canregister to get alerts for the type of jobs that you are interested in and thenapply online.Althoughtechnology has many benefits, the sad thing is that with every development intechnology, it would seem that there are also development in the crime sector. Before technological advancements when youthought about crime, you thought about physical crimes such as burglaries,muggings, beatings etc.
but now there are developments with regard to crime.Now someone can be defrauded and bullied by someone who is miles away. Soin the same way we are alert when we are walking in the street, we also need tobe alert when we are online. More specifically regarding the kind of informationwe are sharing. Most recently with the schools opening in South Africa, the majorwarning to parents is to be careful of the information the share on facebook regardingtheir children.
Most parents like sharing pictures of the children’s first day ofschool not realizing that the picture they have shared has the name of the child’sschool on the uniform. When you look on the surface it may seem harmless but whatmost parents don’t realize is that the internet is full of sick people. The internethas become haven for paedophiles as they search for their victims online. So by sharing a picture of child, their name andthe school the child is attending, the parent has given the paedophile all the informationthey need to locate the child. CatfishAnotherdisadvantage about the internet is the catfishing that happens. Catfish can be simplydefined as pretending to be something or someone you are not online. Most people meet people online and get into relationshipswith those people only to find that the person they have been communicating withhas been pretending to be someone else.
CyberbullyingThe internetis great but can also have certain disadvantages which can have dire effects. Cautionmust be taken when using the internet. https://medium.com/global-perspectives/the-4-stages-of-culture-shock-a79957726164