1 Who is Ms Vázquez? Nothing has always tried to bring the teachers a little closer to you, so here's another one. Where are you originally from, where else have you taught, and how did you get this job at TOIS? I am originally from Spain, however, I have also taught in Poland and Sweden. In Poland I had an internship in Early Years and in Sweden I was a Spanish and German substitute teacher for high school. I knew people from Ostrava and they said really good things about this city. Therefore, I looked at international schools here and The Ostrava International School came up. I applied for the position of PE teacher and a year later, I got a message from Mr. Gray. We had an interview and I was accepted for the job. What smell always takes you back to your childhood? The smell of the sea. I have always lived by the sea and my parents loved it. We used to go very often to the beach, either to swim and play, or just for a walk. Do you ever intend to return to said home, or will you keep traveling, or do you want to stay in Ostrava for ever and ever? I would like to live abroad. I love my city, however, Spain is going through a tough time right now when it comes to employment. I like Ostrava very much and therefore, for now, I am planning on staying here for a long period of time. I´d like to also travel around but for now, Ostrava is a perfect place for me. What's something you miss most about the place (or a place) you call home? The weather and the food. I come from a very warm country, and an even warmer city. I am not used to cold and it is sometimes very hard for me to deal with the low temperatures. The food in Spain is well known internationally, I miss what we call “tapas” and especially “Paella” as it comes from the city I come from and we used to eat it every Sunday with the family. What would be the one thing about Czech culture that you would warn a friend who was threatening to move to this country about? There is nothing about Czech culture that I would warn a friend about. I really like the Czech Republic so far and have had no problems adapting here. Could be due to being European, the culture is not so different. Where in Ostrava do you most like to be? I really enjoy being at Masaryk square. You always see a lot of people walking around (especially now with the Christmas market). There are also many restaurants and cafes. I also enjoy the mountains, especially Pustevny as the views from there are great and a nice hike is always welcome.