Rosalia Basada said: When I arrived at the airport I got the impression that Birmingham
is Multi-cultural. I have seen different races mostly Asians and Africans. I can
tell through skin complexions. I have heard different languages. Culturally it was
not so different from what I already knew about Birmingham. Before coming here I
read about the country but it was easier than the real thing.
I felt the weather was not good. People are wearing sweaters, socks, scarves and
boots. These things are at all unlike home because we have tropical climate in
the Philippines. Until now I am adjusting to the weather and I am wearing warm stuffs.
The first time I went to mass I saddened when I saw small number of people and mostly
old people. I was looking for the younger ones. I was Happy when I saw the children
during Sunday Mass.
On my tour around Birmingham. I met friendly people, Its truly inspiring! They are
loving, respecting and supporting each other. And those people have a great warm
sense of humour.
? When I first arrived in Birmingham specifically in Sparkhill (where we are now
presently living) , I can't help but asked myself; “Am I in Birmingham or in Pakistan?”,
because our neighbours and most of the people I see are Pakistani wearing their nationality
! Later when I went around the city, I realized that Birmingham is like a mixing
pot of races. There are many people rom different nationalities, cultures and faith
all around the city.
* As I integrate with the people of different nationalities, cultures and beliefs
in the city, I observed that generally they also live in harmony. Then I realized
perhaps this is what Inter-cultural and Interfaith living is about.....
When I arrived here in Birmingham I was excited and at the same time nervous, the
weather is really the opposite of what I am used to. It is really cold. I call it
“weather shock”. And I too have a multiple-culture shock when I arrived in Sparkhill,
where there are many Pakistanis, Hindus and other faiths. I feel like a baby being
born again into a new world and there is so much to learn for me to grow.