Domingo, 05 Abril 2020


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              Effect of Coronavirus in Tourism Sector


The tourism sector is experiencing a global crisis due to the coronavirus, and what is most worrying is that we do not know when all this will end; besides, the forecast is not very encouraging.



All companies related to the tourism sector, such as hotels, airlines, cruise operators and travel agencies, have experienced cancellations of trips and public events. These are just some of the most immediate short-term effects but, unfortunately, all this is having a longer-term impact.




Before the state of emergency was declared in Italy and Spain due to the coronavirus, their tourism sectors had already started to suffer its impact. Thus, the famous Venice Carnival, as well as Fallas and Holy Week celebrations in Spain, together with other events all around Europe have been canceled. In addition, museums, theatres, hotels, restaurants, etc are also closed. As a result, the European tourism industry financial loss is estimated to be of roughly €1 billion per month.




This is a worrying figure because the tourism sector is 12% of GDP in Italy and 15% in Spain; in addition, Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world and Spain is the second. Moreover, the COVID-19 affects the luxury tourism in Barcelona, where Chinese tourists increase the sales volume, 38%, in the famous Paseo de Gracia. As a consequence of this unfortunate situation, there are a lot of jobs related to this sector that are in danger; that means many people who do not know what is going to happen with their jobs.



In conclusion, we are living an unprecedented difficult situation and we are eager to return to our normal lives as soon as possible. But now, it is time to follow the government’s advice to fight against this virus so that we can go out, spend time with our family and friends, enjoy nature, and of course, travel to discover new places and learn about other cultures. So, remember, stay home to help yourself and help others.



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       Message from Elena  


After a nice walk along the beach...

's time to go back home for dinner!  



Hi everyone! I wish I could have said goodbye to all of you, students and co-workers, and I want all of you to know that you made my 6 months in Ourense incredibly special and very enjoyable. I will be back in Spain ASAP and hope to see everyone at A Farixa again when I do!



I´m spending my quarantine in Cape Cod with my friend Brook, one of the Fulbrighters in Ourense; it’s nice to have her here! I know that the weather in Ourense has been sunny and warm; lucky you! Here, it's very cold so, when we go out we have to wear gloves, scarves, and woolen hats.



All we’re doing is exercising, staying inside, reading, working on our side project and reflecting on our Fulbright experience. Well, there’s one more thing...Brook and I have also been practicing ukulele actually!



We’re doing well - going home on Sunday, but to be honest, I wish we were staying in Cape Cod longer. It’s so nice to be near the ocean in a quiet town. We’ve continued working on our side project, which is a simple book about our experience at the “escuela de gaitas”, and have almost finished it!



Massachusetts, among other states, has a “stay at home order”, but we can still go outside. Schools in the state have been canceled until May 4th, so it seems like I’ll be spending all, or most of April, with my parents at home. How is quarantine treating you all? I hope you are not going ‘stir crazy’ in your apartments, although I guess all of you have lots of stuff to study, as well as school projects to work on. So, keep it up, guys! You can do it!





Well, in fact it was a delicious brinner! that is, a mixture of breakfast and dinner.




Thanks guys, for sharing with us your photos, your experience and this beautiful song!!!



World Poetry Day 


Almost everybody has, at least once in their lives, read a narrative book, and almost everybody has read poetry once, too. But, have you ever heard about British women poets? Or, more specifically, do you know anything about the Brontë sisters and Elizabeth Barrett Browning? If you don’t, I think you should!



The 21st of March was World Poetry Day so, this month is the perfect time to find out a little bit more about the above mentioned English female writers, who are some of the most important ones in 19th-century England, and they were the first ones to become famous worldwide. At their time, it was pretty difficult to shine in that big world where men were considered better than women, as Virginia Woolf, outstanding figure of 20th-century literary modernism, said. That’s why I’d like to tell you about these authors and their wonderful works.          



Elizabeth Barrett Browning started to write verses at the age of 4, began to write books at the age of 6 and started to translate Homer’s literature works at 8. This is a clear indication of how intelligent she was. At the age of 15 she became very ill, but despite her chronic health problems, she kept writing and reached success at a young age.



The Brontë sisters, who were from a little village in the west of Yorkshire, began writing under male pseudonyms -Currer, Elis and Acton Bell- because of their fear of being caught. Their stories immediately attracted attention for their passion and originality, and it was with Charlotte Brontë´s Jane Eyre, Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Emily´s Wuthering Heights, when they became well known and their literary works were accepted as masterpieces.



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These Victorian female poets and writers, who thought that women deserved the same rights as men, were progressive in their beliefs and bravely contradicted society through their writing. I can’t think of a better way to enjoy poetry, than with these four prodigious English writers. So, make yourself a cup of coffee or tea, sit down and enjoy these verses!









My soul is awakened, my spirit is soaring

And carried aloft on the wings of the breeze;

For above and around me the wild wind is roaring,

Arousing to rapture the earth and the seas.


The long withered grass in the sunshine is glancing,

The bare trees are tossing their branches on high;

The dead leaves beneath them are merrily dancing,

The white clouds are scudding across the blue sky


I wish I could see how the ocean is lashing

The foam of its billows to whirlwinds of spray;

I wish I could see how its proud waves are dashing,

And hear the wild roar of their thunder to-day!





      Anne shows here how she enjoyed wild weather: she describes how the 'wild wind' is bringing everything to life in the wood where she is walking, and how she longs to witness its effect on the sea - 'lashing' against the rocks and sea wall, and sending up giant 'whirlwinds of spray'- the sea is portrayed as "The Great Liberator". It is a powerful and inspiring image, especially now that we are under lockdown.



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  • Stay away from people who are coughing or sneezing


  • Maintain social distancing – Keep one metre distance.


  • Refrain from touching your face - Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.


  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds – Use hand sanitizer for at least 10 to 15 seconds.


  • Cover your mouth with sleeve or elbow. Sneeze /cough to tissue. Throw away any used tissues immediately.


  • A state of alarm has been declared so, stay at home unless you have to buy food or medicine, or go to work or hospital. Protect yourself to protect others!!!



Elena has left !!! 


Last Friday evening, Fulbright English Teaching Assistants received instructions from their embassy to leave Spain and get back to the USA as soon as possible. So, Elena and some of the other assistants in Ourense bought their tickets and left on Saturday.


They took the train to Madrid in the morning and at 19:00 they flew to New York. When they got there, they had to be waiting in the plane for two hours until the Center for Disease Control and Prevention recorded their body temperature in order to check if any of them was infected with coronavirus. Luckily, they weren´t and, after a long and tiring day, they were allowed to go home.


Elena was extremely sorry for she didn’t want to leave! She was really happy in Ourense; she enjoyed her lessons at CIFP A Farixa, the time she spent with all the students and teachers, and she had lots of plans for the future. She still had three more months to spend with us all; what a pity she had to leave!                                                                                                                                                     

      We'll miss you, Elena!!! Good luck!  
  Elena and Bea with smiling faces, but very sad inside!    Imagen de Sergei Tokmakov en Pixabay Elena and her friends ready to start their way back home!


     Hope to see you all soon!!! Take care!!!  




International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women, who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.



The world has made unprecedented advances, but no country has achieved gender equality.


Women’s full and equal participation in all facets of society is a fundamental human right. Yet, around the world, from politics to entertainment, to the workplace, women and girls are largely underrepresented.


Rooted in patriarchal norms and traditions, the consequences are far-reaching with detrimental, negative consequences on the personal, economic and future well-being of women and girls, their families and the community at large.


Building a sustainable future for all means leaving no one behind. Women and girls are critical to finding solutions to the biggest challenges we face today and must be heard, valued and celebrated throughout society to reflect their perspectives and choices for their future and that of the advancement of humanity.

       How many more generations are needed for women and girls to realize their rights?
  Let’s make 2020 count for women and girls everywhere.

Visualizing the data: Women’s representation in society



"Princess of Girona Award 2020" (FPdGi) 

On February 28, CIFP A Farixa Tourism students attended the FPdGi Social 2020 award ceremony, event organized by the Princess of Girona Foundation.


More than 250 students from all around Galicia participated in a disruptive innovation challenge to come up with innovating and viable suggestions to combat the prominent problem of loneliness in the elderly.


At the end of the ceremony, we enjoyed a cocktail together with the authorities that took part in the event: Her Majesty Queen Letizia, the Government’s Vicepresident, Pablo Iglesias, and the Xunta’s President, Alberto Núñez Feijoo.



“Let’s Unite for Equality”



The Tourism Department has presented the new outfit we’ll be wearing at the different activities we´ll carry out; it includes our school’s logo and slogan, “Let’s Unite for Equality”, and will allow us to raise awareness of the vital importance of gender equality. Ours is just another initiative that adds up to some others carried out at CIFP A Farixa to contribute to closing the gender gap.


According to the UNWTO, tourism can act as a vehicle for the empowerment of women and presents both opportunities and challenges for women, which makes the gender equality perspective highly relevant. In addition, Tourism is making a contribution towards the UN Sustainable Development Goal 5: Achieving Gender Equality and Empowering all Women and Girls.







Tourism can empower women in multiple ways, particularly through the provision of jobs and through income-generating opportunities in small and larger-scale tourism and hospitality related enterprises. As one of the sectors with the highest share of women employed and entrepreneurs, tourism can be a tool for women to unlock their potential, helping them to become fully engaged and lead in every aspect of society.                                                        


However, while the world has made progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment, more vigorous efforts are needed to achieve these goals. Around 60% of people working in the travel industry today are female, yet their presence in decision-making positions needs to be greater. Besides, women in tourism typically earn 10-15% less than men, and many of them perform a large amount of unpaid work in family tourism businesses. So, although tourism can provide pathways to empowerment, it is very clear that more must be done to close the gender gap.


Tourism students at XANTAR 2020


XANTAR, the International Gastronomic Tourism Fair, which celebrated its 21st edition, started on Wednesday, 5th February in Ourense, and La Farixa had the privilege of being there on its first day. The inauguration was a success in attendance that, perhaps, even surprised the organization.


This eno-gastronomic tourism event gathered 298 exhibitors, with 9 countries represented (Spain, Portugal, Costa Rica, Cape Verde, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Panama and Argentina) and a dozen tour operators from Spain, Portugal and Norway.


With regard to activities, there were live cooking workshops, given by renowned chefs from 6 countries, as part of the 15th International Meeting on Healthy and Sustainable Gastronomy, which offered the public more than 150 experiences. The event also included the fourth and last semifinal of the VIII Cook of the Year Competition and the IV Waiter of the Year Competition, as well as conferences, the celebration of a certified Course of Initiation to Wine Tasting, and the 7th Meeting of Gastronomy and Tourism Bloggers.


At the different stands, we were able to taste all the characteristic foods of every region of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. We were also able to attend food demonstrations and even taste some of their wonderful meals.


It was a definitely worth going experience that helped us learn a lot about different food cultures, and we think it is totally recommended for all ages; so don’t miss XANTAR next year!























Tourism students at FITUR 2020








Our schoolmates of the second year of the Travel Agency group organized a trip to Madrid to attend FITUR 2020, the annual tourism fair that took place from 22 to 26 January.


FITUR, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year, is one of the most important fairs in the tourism industry. It is the global meeting point for professionals in the sector, but also a great place for the general public to find the perfect destination to enjoy your vacation.


On the whole, the event serves as a global communication platform in order to develop future strategies taking into account the changes in consumer demand and thus generally to promote the tourism business. Some of the sections were FITUR CINEMA and FITUR FESTIVALS, in addition to monographic spaces such as FITUR GAY (LGBT +) and FITUR HEALTH, as well as FITURTECHY and FITUR KNOW HOW where technology is shown as a necessary tool for the development of the sector.


On the other hand, the FITUR NEXT Observatory identifies and selects good practices to promote tourism with a positive impact throughout the world. Also noteworthy are FITURTECH, which will bring together the latest proposals in the technological field, and FITURGREEN, which will promote sustainability through energy saving measures in hotel and tourism management.


So, with all this going on, we could get in contact with different exhibitors from all over the world such as wholesalers, hotel chains, official organisms, representatives of many countries and more. 


We spent all Saturday at FITUR participating in numerous activities and visiting the various pavilions from the different continents, but we also had time to do some sightseeing. It was a great weekend and an amazing experience for us all!


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