Madeira One-Question Interview

This blog has daily an average of 350 unique visits (not including the search bots and spiders) from all over the world. Top countries are United Sates, Portugal, Great Britain, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Thailand, China, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Australia, Finland, Spain, Brazil and more. You could say that this blog has a lot of readers from various culture and origins (and still growing).

1-Question InterviewTherefore I would like to do an interview with you (the visitor of my blog). Do not be frightened … it is only a so called One-Question Interview. Just one question that you can answer it with one or two lines …. or an essay …. any way you wish.

The question is:

According to you, what are the most important differences between your country and the island of Madeira?

Tell us in comments below or write your own post and think leave a URL below. Your feedback will be published separately on this blog under the heading Madeira One-Question Interview.

I hope to read your comments and answers. To learn more about your country and your experience on Madeira the island, its culture, the people, nature etc.

8 Replies to “Madeira One-Question Interview”

  1. Thank you for the question. The difference between my country and Madeira is simply like the old adage “the grass is greener on the other side”, that is, I fiind that Madeira has both of the est worlds to offer in terms of living conditions,social infrastructures, the environments is still much protected as is is most world patrimonies;thought, Madeira’s beauty does not compare to any other countries I have visit. Madeira is, definetly, much different with the Atlantic all around the island as well as the exotic trees and fruits. The sceneries from the top of the mountains overlooking the Atlantic as well the unspoken and megestic beauty of its cliffs.
    The people are still very friendly and especially country folk. Lots of street coffees and snack bars for coffee and beer lovers.
    People in MAdeira still prefer to eat natural foods based on fresh fish, veggies, fruits,and whole grains.
    So, in a nut shell, this is what I have observed with the things that i find different in Madeira.

    Very Truly Yours


  2. For me the biggest difference between the Netherlands and Madeira is the weather! You can compare the weather on Madeira in winter time with spring in the Netherlands!
    The tolerance in traffic is much higher on Madeira (they are used to stupid tourists who are not used to drive on the curvy, small and steep streets).
    But a negative difference is the fact that they don’t know drop, the famous licorice… 🙁

  3. Lies, damned lies and statistics.
    You infer from the fact that you are receiving hits from a variety of countries that you are receiving hits from a variety of nationalities and cultures.
    I am Madeiran, living in England. Have you considered that many of the hits you have from other countries might also be from expat Madeirans?

  4. @Paula: Why so hostile Paula? I infer not only from the information that I get from various statistics, but also from the subscriptions (RSS Feeds) and mails that I frequently get.

    Of course I considered that part of the hits might be from expat Madeirans … a culture that I consider to be very important and hope my (small) blog offers any information to quench their longing for their island.

    Which brings me back to the real issue which is the question I am asking … to all readers. So Paula, instead of ‘attacking’ my passage, why not telling me what, you think, the differences are?

    Obrigado 🙂

  5. I guess she’s hiding in shame for posting such lame and foul comment! ; )
    Most web savvy people are aware that we can estimate the country of origin of the connecting machine (ISP) but of course, not the nationality of the visitor connected to the ISP (Internet Service Provider)!….Unless Amaro starts asking us to show our passport on the way in! 8o)
    The tracking is done by checking the IP (Internet Protocol) of the site visitor to which country it relates to in a similar way to country codes + telephone numbers do.

    I just wish to see more encouragement for the work Amaro has put here, which in my opinion as been fresh, real, helpful and even entertaining at times! :o))

    Keep up the good work!

  6. The biggest difference between Madeira and Scotland, where I live, is definitely the amount of good weather the island has. I have visited in spring and autumn (well, November, so it’s really winter by British standards) and enjoyed warm sunshine in all these seasons. In Scotland (today is the end of May but it’s 10C and wet!) you can’t predict from one day to the next what the climate will be, which is frustrating for making outdoor plans. I know Madeira gets rain (which means it’s not arid like some of the Canary Islands), but in general I believe it gets “appropriate” temperatures for each season. Ahh, I’m dreaming of my next visit already.

  7. For me England id very differnt to Madeira and one thing i would have to say id the biggest, would be the attitude and way of the people.
    Here in cloudy old England most people (especially in the cities) are rude, arrogant, violent, unmannered and not very pretty. Now i know you get these people everywhere in the world but in Madeira there is such a welcoming, friendly atmosphere between the people. There is hardly any violence in the streets which allows you to freely walk the streets at all hours and not be in fear of being attacked or robbed by a bunch of bored teenagers. Residents can hang their washing out in lines off the streets knowing that they will still be there untouched in the morning. Public outdoor events can be arranged with people of all ages attending and drinking alcohol responsibly with there being no need for police presence around.
    This is what i consider to be a big difference among many other things.
    Its just a shame that England is no longer like that.

  8. Lizzie – Totally agree.
    We’re visiting Madeira (Funchal) to see the lights again, so if anything changes (which I seriously doubt), I’ll get back to this blog.
    Regards, and ola

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