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post #31 of 37
Well now you now two Bulgarian words (cat and tom cat) as well and they're much more useful, aren't they
post #32 of 37
Pamela, What part of Iowa were you born and raised in? I too, was born and raised (and still live) in Iowa. (The southern part)

I have some Irish, and some German in me, I beleive, from my fathers side, and my mothers side came from England, my grandmother told me years ago, that we were desendants of English royalty, but whether that is true or not, I really don't know.

I was raised on a farm, and we raised Angus cattle, I now live in the same house I grew up in, although it has been remodeled since I was born, almost 36 years ago.
post #33 of 37
Debby - I was born in MN and lived there until I was 12. My dad's family had a dairy/hog farm in MN until my grandfather had to give it up due to allergies (about 25 years ago). I have a cousin who lives in a suburb of Des Moines and my mother's biological mother lives in Iowa somewhere. It's beautiful country up there.
post #34 of 37
My parents come from immigrant parents from Ireland, Scotland on my father's side, and Ireland and German Jews on my mothers. I was born and raised in Augusta, GA. My husband's job has allowed us to live in different areas of the US. My favorite so far has been Kansas City. I hope to live there again someday.
post #35 of 37
I am Finnish and Swedish on my mother's side, and Polish and Ukranian on my father's. My husband is Irish via Newfoundland on his mother's side, and Acadian, Irish and Basque on his father's side. We both grew up in Ontario and New Brunswick (Canada).

I had to laugh when I read the German-named ladies' "relief" when they got to change their names at marriage. I could have gone from the Polish "alphabet soup" 11-letter last name to the nice easy Irish one, but I didn't. Too lazy to change my credit cards, I guess, plus I had was being awarded my university degree the week after the wedding and had an academic paper in publication, so my big ego wouldn't let me change it.

Actually, at the time, my father didn't know a lot about his family, having been an only child, orphaned at the age of 15, and having his father die when he was only 10. I think I kept my maiden name as a "flag" in case any of the relatives saw it in the phone book or on the net...

My father is now in his 50's and this summer, he and my mother travelled to Poland to meet a cousin who had found our address several years ago. He thought there was just this one cousin, but it turned out he was the youngest of 7 cousins, all with children and grandchildren. In a short amount of time, he went from knowing two cousins on his mother's side and writing letters to one on his father's to having about 60 new relatives!

Great question to start this thread! Everybody's families are interesting, even if you 100%-ers don't think so

post #36 of 37
I am mutt too! Born and raised in Australia.

My maternal grandmother is Polish/German, but raised in Romania (I think she had a Spanish grandmother). My maternal grandfather was also Polish/German with some Austrian as well I think.

On my father's side, his father was Portugese with a Chinese mother or grandmother. My paternal grandmother is half Portugese and half East Timorese. Dad was born in Timor.

My husband is 100% Maltese (although Malta has an amazing history of being occupied by many different cultures, so being 100% Maltese may be the same as being 100% Turkish ). So I ruined the bloodlines for his family! :laughing:

I live in such an ordinary suburban town that you could just about pick it up and plant it in any "western country" and no-one would know the difference.

As for surnames? I went from a ten letter alphabet to a dried fruit.

post #37 of 37
Ok, here it goes. Be prepared. I am a what is called a white mexican. See, most mexicans are morenos(light- brown skin). They mostly live by coastal waters or in small towns or in the country. I was born in the city of Guadalajara(where mariachi bands and tequila was born and an hour away from Puerto Vallarta) in the state of Jalisco. After my mother divorced my father, she married my stepfather who lived in New York. His mother is Italian and his father is polish. They live in Long Island and my stepfather was studying in Buffalo. We all lived there for about two years. Then when I was ten, we moved to Salt Lake City, and I've been living here ever since. My half-brother and half-sister are mexican, italian, and polish. In New York, I've had friends who were african american, Puerto Ricans, and Protestants. I am a catholic. In Utah, the majority of my friends are mormons or LDS, a protestant religion. So I've learned not to judge others. While other people curse the mormons for their beliefs, even though I don't agree with many things, I've learned to get along and accept them. And in turn, they've accepted me. There is also another culture that is big in Utah. It is a race called Polynesians. They are mostly from the islands of Hawaii, Tonga, and Samoa. I've been to Niagra Falls. Really beautiful place. And if anyone is going to Mexico, visit the beaches of Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and Manzanillo. DO NOT go to Acapulco. It was a very popular resort but it has gotten to be congested. And try the shrimp coctail or ceviche tostadas. With a bottle of Tecate or Corona beer.
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