What if a blogger from Mars was a Big Blog Exchange winner?

A member of the BBE team had an odd dream recently: a blogger from Mars (assuming they have Wi-Fi connection and laptops up there…) was one of the lucky winners and got to exchange with a keen fashion blogger from London. The London-based blogger had a hard time getting used to the space suits, and the blogger from Mars couldn’t quite get to grips with skinny jeans and bulky necklaces, but both left the exchange with a greater understanding of worlds and cultures VERY (bit of an extreme in this case) different to their own, in a sense something we aim to inspire through the Big Blog Exchange.  

So here’s a little question for you all to ponder – if your exchange partner was from outer space, how would you suggest they go about understanding the culture of your country? What would you recommend they do during the exchange?

Comment below and let us know; it will be fun to read everybody’s responses!

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7 thoughts on “What if a blogger from Mars was a Big Blog Exchange winner?

  1. Hello Martians and fellow blogers competitors,

    Brazil is a mix of everything. We have beaches, mountains, great rivers, forest, hot and cold weather, big cities as much as small towns and farms.

    You’ll be able to choose your way and I’ll help you with what you wanna do.

    We are also a big mix of people. We were colonized by Portugal and after that we had immigrants coming from everywhere. We are the biggest Japanese and German colony of people out of Japan and Germany for instance, as we have one of the biggest Italian cooly as well.

    What you will see here and I’m sure you will never forget is our smile. People here are always smiling and maybe you will ask yourself why. I don’t have myself an answer for that. All I know is that a smile can change a day. Once you in Brazil we’ll smile with us 🙂

    Hospitality and kindness are definitely our best, despite all of our natural beauty, that you can probably see from Mars? 🙂

    Martians and all bloggers if you come to Brazil you’ll feel yourself as you at home, in Mars or wherever you coming from!

    Once you are coming from Mars and I’m sure you can be as fast as the speed of the light you’ll find a way to go from Rio de Janeiro to Natal and from Pantanal going through Amazonian jungle and the most southern to the Cataratas do Iguaçu, doesn’t matter how you’ll certainly enjoy Brazil!

    We are waiting for you.

  2. Hello Martians and fellow bloggers competitors,

    Brazil is a mix of everything. We have beaches, mountains, great rivers, forest, hot and cold weather, big cities as much as small towns and farms.

    You’ll be able to choose your way and I’ll help you with what you wanna do.

    We are also a big mix of people. We were colonized by Portugal and after that we had immigrants coming from everywhere. We are the biggest Japanese and German colony of people out of Japan and Germany for instance, as we have one of the biggest Italian cooly as well.

    What you will see here and I’m sure you will never forget is our smile. People here are always smiling and maybe you will ask yourself why. I don’t have myself an answer for that. All I know is that a smile can change a day. Once you in Brazil we’ll smile with us 🙂

    Hospitality and kindness are definitely our best, despite all of our natural beauty, that you can probably see from Mars? 🙂

    You’ll feel yourself in Brazil as you maybe at home, in Mars?

    Once you are coming from Mars and I’m sure you can be as fast as the speed of the light you’ll find a way to go from Rio de Janeiro to Natal and from Pantanal going through Amazonian jungle and the most southern to the Cataratas do Iguaçu, doesn’t matter how you’ll certainly enjoy Brazil!

    We are waiting for you.

  3. Dear Martians,

    France isn’t such a big country, but every region is different and has much to offer… But before you get excited about everything there is to do and see, I’d like to warn you about 3 things:

    1) Wherever you land in France, the first thing to know is that very few French people speak other foreign languages well (especially not Martian!) and many of them are reluctant to make the effort to communicate with foreigners if they don’t speak any French at all- so my first advice for you would be to learn a few French words and sentences so that you can greet people, ask a few basic questions and express your preferences.

    2) Moreover, as you may already know, French people give a lot of importance to food- bread, cheese as well as pastries and meat are a big part of our most people’s diet… so if you’re allergic to gluten or dairy, vegetarian or vegan, you may struggle to find something to eat in bakeries or restaurants- so you better make sure you do a good search online to find restaurants which may suit your dietary requirements before you arrive!

    3) I don’t know how much you’ve heard about France on your planet but every time I am abroad, when people ask me where I’m from and I answer “France”, they seem surprised… because I am not white. There are a lot of immigrants in France, especially from Northern Africa, but also from West Africa, Asia… France is a very multicultural country, and in spite of the fact that many immigrants have been there for a few generations, there is still racism- so don’t be surprised if some people look at you in a strange way- but most of them won’t 🙂

    OK, now, some advice about what to do and see:

    Although it is a small country, every region has it own treasures… and the best thing about this small country I think is its geography: you can enjoy the mountains, as well as the sea and the ocean, and the forest. Since you won’t be there for very long, I advise you to make the most of the varied landscapes and sightseeing of France by visiting the following places:

    – Les Landes: in this area you’ll get to see the highest sand dune in Europe (La dune du Pilat), go swimming in the Atlantic Ocean as well as biking through the forest.
    – Grenoble: ok, I might be biased there because it’s my home town… but everyone who has come to visit me there has loved it so much! It’s a beautiful city known as the capital of the Alps, in a valley, surrounded by mountains. As well as enjoying the sights in the city, you will be able to go hiking in the mountains and see some beautiful lakes. The Olympics took place there in 1968!
    – Paris: and of course, you can’t go to France without visiting its famous capital- there you’ll have plenty of fun by simply walking through some of the streets and along the Seine. My favorite area is Montmartre- it’s where the movie Amelie was shot so if you have not seen it yet, do so before you go!

    I hope you enjoy your trip to France 🙂

    Natasha

  4. Hello Martian!

    I’m Aia and I’m from the Philippines. I’m not sure if you can speak English, but if you do, you won’t have any trouble getting around the country I’m from. Most of the Filipinos know how to speak and understand English. Some might not be fluent, but they can definitely offer help.

    Filipinos are very hospitable! That is what we are known for. So you can expect a warm welcome once you’ve landed to one of the islands of the Philippines. Despite the friendliness of my people, be vigilant still. There are lots of pickpockets in our country. Look out for such!

    There are only two seasons in Philippines, rainy and dry season. If we are to exchange by November, expect the climate to be somehow cool. There’ll be less rain during that month too.

    We do have lots of beaches here, being composed by 7,107 islands. There are still those that are uncharted, and some that are populated with party animals. That will be your choice!

    Also, I do suggest that you try to visit our rice terraces in Banaue. It is commonly referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World by Filipinos. You will see some Ifugaos there that still wear their tribal clothes. You can get a glimpse of our culture there. Speaking of culture, you may want to visit Manila, Intramuros and/or Vigan, Cebu as well.

    Don’t forget about our Underground River in Puerto Princesa which is part of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. I haven’t been there, but the photos speaks for its wonders, really.

    When it comes to food and water, try to be picky but open-minded at the same time. Don’t miss out on our street food, just make sure you’re buying from clean vendors.

    Philippines is a beautiful country. I don’t think you can get a full grasp of it in 10 days, so you may want to consider a trip back. Yes? 😀

  5. Man I do hope this happens, one of my biggest dream is to go to Outer Space before I die.
    Dear Martian, just relax and take it all in. I know it can be stressful, I know it can be confusing, I know some habits can be ennerving (trust me I have been there before!), but try to forget all you know, try to be a blank page and try to understand their point of view.
    French people might be some tough people to understand, but give them some time annd they will grow to you. East some delicious croissants, drink some wine to relax, don’t be afraid to talk about politics or give your opinion, laugh, be carefree, be happy and don’t look back!

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