- Do a puzzle together. Keep puzzle out on a table to work on over time. Help little ones find the corners and match the colors together.
- Play card games. Pick a traditional favorite or learn a new game together. Family Friendly Card Games include Uno, Rat-A-Tat-Cat, Too Many Monkeys, Spoons, Phase 10, RoosterFin Rooster Race, Hoagie, Smack It and more!
- Bake & eat something simple (i.e. cookies, s’mores, personal pizzas, exotic tacos, hot dog kabobs) and maybe share some with a friend/neighbor too.
- Visit a museum, aquarium or zoo together.
- Go on a scavenger hunt. Turn an ordinary walk into an adventure. Make a list of items to find (red leaf, Y-shaped twig, a feather) and start walking and collecting. If your family needs more of a challenge, make rhyming clues that they need to figure out or take a camera with you and have kids take a photo of something that begins with each letter of the alphabet. Yes, bring Pokemon if you must!
- Look at photo albums together. Children love to see pictures of themselves (and their parents) when they were younger. Make a point to tell stories about specific pictures or find funny things in the pictures (i.e. Grandma’s weird hairdo from way back when).
- Play a video game together. Children will experience role reversal when they teach adults how to play.
- Go to the library and research something new together. Pick a topic and find interesting facts together. It’s nice to find a cozy corner and share a story or two as well.
- Interview each other. Prepare a list of questions to ask and then video tape the interview to learn some unknown facts about that person and have a memory to keep for later. (i.e. favorite things done with family as a child, most memorable trip or vacation, favorite activities or hobbies).
- Prepare and go on a picnic together. Make sandwiches or cut fruit together, pack a blanket and maybe a deck of cards and a radio and find a nearby park to enjoy your picnic.
- Color with crayons or colored pencils. All ages enjoy the reward of finishing a picture.
- Plan, shop and make dinner together. Find a new recipe or an old favorite and get cooking.
- Blow bubbles. See who can make the largest bubble or the most in 10 seconds.
- Feed the ducks. Raid your fridge for grated cheese, cooked potatoes, cooked rice, breakfast cereals, frozen vegetables, pancakes, rolled oats , cooked lentils, pearl barley, split peas, sweetcorn, lettuce, grapes, strawberries, vegetable trimmings or peels – all trimmed to small pieces. Leave the bread at home as it is not good for ducks and geese!
- Go to a farmers market and make a game of it by looking for items for each letter of the alphabet (apples, broccoli, carrots).
- Volunteer together. Find an organization where you can serve a meal, pick up trash or just visit with someone who needs a friend. It is great fun to stuff and deliver holiday baskets. Kids get to see the results of their efforts immediately!
- Start a family newsletter or blog or vlog and share it with friends and family – make it interactive so they respond. Little ones love to receive mail.
- Watch a movie together. Don’t forget the popcorn!
- Swing together at a local park. This childhood favorite can be enjoyed by everyone…young or old.
- Keep a scrapbook of the things you have done together and add to it every time you do
With the holidays around the corner there are sure to be family gatherings of all shapes and sizes. Here is 20 Intergrenerational Activities to entertain the whole family, from the tiniest tike to the friendliest grandma.
The family is in town. Once every few years everyone gets together and the kids play and the parents converse and the local sites get seen. When the suggestion of getting together for a meal comes up, suddenly those with youngsters have eyes resembling those of deer in headlights. Play areas are a must. Kid food is a must. Whining and screaming and tired kids have to be acceptable companions at the dinner table. And then deflated parents slump their shoulders and sigh.
Where can families celebrating members of all ages, infancy to second childhood all dwell together at the same table and actually enjoy themselves that doesn’t include cheesy (and sometimes scary) life-size toys or golden arches? Here are just a few ideas for those who decide the Denver area is a great place to get together.
White Fence Farm
Located at 6263 West Jewell Avenue in Lakewood, the original Colorado location is the best family hangout around. With a petting zoo, carriage rides, a giant treehouse and candy store, it’s easy to keep the family entertained while there for a family style dinner. Specializing in fried chicken dinners with all the trimmings, and even some unique appetizers, White Fence Farm keeps those grown-ups happy, too. Speaking of grow-ups, there’s also a dance floor and live music. J Something for everyone in the family!
Locals might roll their eyes if their out-of-town guests ask to go there. Most of us remember visiting it as kids, and it’s just part of where we live. We forget that people who come from other cities haven’t seen it, and that it’s a really cool restaurant for visitors to experience! Mexican food, cliff divers, and Black Bart’s cave make this an entertaining restaurant for the entire family. It is also located in Lakewood at 6715 W. Colfax Ave.
Beau Jo’s Pizza
Not just any pizza, Colorado Mountain Pizza. The original location is in Colorado’s own Idaho Springs, giving families the opportunity to enjoy the Colorado mountain experience while enjoying a pizza that is loaded with toppings and a crust that can be filled with honey. Thirty miles west of Denver, this is a great way to combine a day of mountain fun with the ability to delight the taste buds. There are locations elsewhere across the state, but there’s nothing like the original located at 1517 Miner St, Idaho Springs, CO.
Well, there are three places that are not only family friendly, but family fun. Eat, be merry, and let those kids enjoy a real restaurant experience—Colorado Style! Bon Appetite!
It’s the time of year when farmers and ranchers begin a harvesting quest that turn their fields into pumpkin patches and crops into corn mazes. It is a time for city folk to get their country on and feel the grit in their teeth as they tether together to decipher a path that travels through fields of corn to an outlet on the other side. Children are wandering a once barren prairie, now littered with orange as they search for that one perfect pumpkin to claim as their own. It’s FALL!
Pumpkins and corn. Two autumn items that go together like a knife and a fork, like caramel on an apple, and aspen trees among evergreens in the Colorado mountains. Even the candy aisle at the grocery store puts them together. Pumpkins and corn. Smiles and laughter. Good family fun. Teenagers stay out of trouble. Adults act like kids again. And the farmer shares his hard work with an adoring public.
Before you go, here are some things to keep in mind before venturing into your pumpkin and corn adventure!
You don’t have to travel far to find your farm experience. Many pumpkin patches and corn mazes are popping up in our own backyards. Small farms in cities all around the Colorado metro areas are advertising opening dates. You’d be surprised how close to home they are. If you want a BIG experience, then venture to one of the bigger farms outside of town.
They are easy to find, and most Chambers of Commerce sites are posting information about them. There are far too many of them to list all of them, and what you want your personal experience to be like is going to be what makes your pumpkin patch and corn maze a keeper.
Enjoy your lazy, mazy days of autumn. Pumpkins and corn. Good things that autumn is made of.
Looking for a few suggestions around Denver? Check out some of our favorites:
Anderson Farms Home of Colorado’s Longest-Running Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch! Take a wagon ride out to the Pumpkin Patch on one of their wagons pulled by an antique Oliver tractor. With over 70 different varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds, you’ll be sure to find what you’re looking for! Or get lost in their giant corn maze. The corn maze is 30 acres, with over 8 miles of trails. Prices and hours vary depending on the dates. 6728 County Road 3-1/4 Erie, CO, andersonfarms.com, 303-828-5210
Pumpkin Festival 10-acre pumpkin patch ready for picking at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield, Oct. 7-8, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. $6 adults/seniors/ students with ID, $4 child (ages 3-12), $5 member adult, $3 member child (3-12), children 2 and under free, children in costume ages 3-12 free. 8500 West Deer Creek Canyon, botanicgardens.org, 303-973-3705.
Fall Fun at The Farm Pumpkin patch beginning Oct. 5; hayrides along the Poudre River Oct. 8-23, Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and Sat.-Sunday 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. $2; Treatsylvania, Oct. 28-30, $5, tickets must be purchased in advance; and Bowvania, Oct. 29 noon-1 p.m. trick or treating with costumed dogs on parade, and photo opportunities. $5 per dog. 600 N. Sherwood, Fort Collins, 970-221-6665, fcgov.com/thefarm.php
Mile High Farms in Bennett Tractor hayrides, corn maze, pumpkin patch, barrel carts, petting zoo and more. Sunday-Thurs. 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri.-Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight. $12 adault, $10 children 12 and under, under 3 free. 11 Cavanaugh Rd., Bennett, 303-680-9999, milehighfarms.com
Fritzler Corn Maze 15-acre corn maze, mini roller coaster, train ride, pedal go-carts, pumpkin cannons, duck races, 3D maze, u-pick pumpkin patch. Maze is family- friendly during the day; Scream Acres for adults at night. $5-30. 20861 U.S. 85, LaSalle, 970-737-2129, fritzlermaze.com.
Fall Festival and Corn Maze 10-acre corn maze, pumpkin blasters, pig races and more at Harvest Farm through Oct. 30. Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 1-8 p.m. Adult (13 and up) $15, children (4-12) $10, under 3 free, seniors $10. Harvest Farm entrance on East (Larimer) County Road 66. harvestfarm.net, 970-568-9488
Halloween Pumpkin Patch Fall Festival Cornfield maze, straw-bale maze, farm animals, farm-equipment display, steam tractor, Indian corn. Opens today. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cottonwood Farm, 75th Street and Arapahoe Road, Boulder. Now-Oct. 31. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 720-890-4766, cottonwoodfarms.com.
Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Corn maze, barnyard, and pumpkin cannon. Oct. 1-31. Weekday prices: 12 and up $7, 5-11 $5, 4 and under free; Weekends $20 per family. Wear closed shoes and long pants. May Farms, 64001 U.S. 36, Byers, 303-822-5800, Mayfarms.com.
Thank you, AILI for the opportunity to experience life on the other side of the world. This program is educating a young generation on the different cultures around the world. This was an unforgettable experience filled with an opportunity of a lifetime. Without this program many people just like me, would not have been able to travel, discover new cultures, and learn new languages. This was an amazing experience overall. I was lucky the daughter of my host family, had just finished her junior year in the United States. Although she wasn’t as Americanized, creating a relationship was easier than I expected. We were able to relate and find many commonalities. I will cherish our friendship and hopefully I will see her again, as she will be completing her senior year and college in the United States.
Traveling was a challenging, but exhilarating experience. Especially since this was my first trip out of the country along with traveling alone. Not only the actual travel time to get from Colorado to Shenzhen China, but going to a foreign country where you’re not fluent in their native language, but it is possible. If you’re willing to be friendly, ask questions and be outgoing, it is feasible. Now, looking back at those moments I laugh because it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I also had my family who supported me and had faith that I was strong enough to not only get through it, but enjoy it.
With my host family we went on two big trips, with up to four hours of traveling by car. The trip was to two new cities, which were quite different than the one I was staying in. I was able to discover a diverse view on the high, middle, and low of china’s living. The time difference was difficult to get used to especially when speaking to my family, with a fourteen hours difference, China being ahead. Discovering this new culture by far was the greatest moment of these three weeks, and of a lifetime. Chinese culture is like nothing I’ve been exposed to. The first week there I was somewhat on pins and needles; I didn’t want to offend anyone. This culture is so different than my own. It was such a joy to see the difference in traditions, like birthdays. One of the highlights was visiting their ancestor’s tombs. We are all guilty of creating stereotypes of other cultures by what we see and hear. Whether in movies, photos, or books. There is nothing like experiencing it in real life. You are surrounded by people who aren’t like you but who have the same struggles and desires as you.
As I said before, my host sister did speak very good English, as for the rest of her family and extended family they did not speak any English. For me this was hardest part of the actual homestay, as I wanted to create connections with the family and have some sort of independence, without having to depend on my host sister for interaction and translation. Which drove me to study their language, to ask questions, and share with them English and Spanish. I suggest if you ever go to China make an effort to learn the language even if you aren’t good, most people are surprised and appreciate your attempt. Words cannot fully describe my gratitude to my host family, to my family, and to AILI for this chance of a lifetime, a notable experience. One, I will have forever in my memories, photos, and in my heart.
“I am not the same having seen the moon shine in the other side of the world” –Mary Anne Radmacher
My exchange trip to Italy was an amazing adventure that helped me gain more knowledge about Italy and the world. This trip allowed me to develop skills and experience situations that I haven’t had the chance to experience before. I got to travel all over Italy and feel the different environments in each city. This trip also allowed me to develop a small Italian vocabulary. It showed me the lifestyle of a family in a different culture and environment. I am so grateful that I got to see and visit that beautiful country. I got to meet people that were so nice and welcoming. It was an exceptional experience that taught me a lot of valuable life lessons.
I feel that my trip to Italy really allowed me to become more independent. I overcame some fears I had and I felt like I even grew up a bit throughout the 3 weeks. Before I left I thought that I was going to be very nervous and it would be uncomfortable, but when I got there I immediately felt like part of the family. I enjoyed being able to see how Irene’s family functioned and what it was like to be a part of another family. I loved being able to meet Irene’s extended family and friends. They were all so kind and it really allowed me to get to know the people. Being able to see how another family functioned and the different traditions they had was really great. I really enjoyed experiencing all the energy and love the family had.
When traveling to the other cities, I got to learn about the history of each city and also about which foods the cities were known for. I really enjoyed getting to learn about the history of the buildings especially in Rome. When I was in Rome the family taught me a lot about the history of the city. I learned about the architecture, the ruins, and people. I had so much fun seeing all the ruins and hearing about the history of each city. As much as I enjoyed learning about Rome, I must admit the walking a lot for me at times. I enjoyed the sightseeing in every city I went to. Each city was so pretty. I got to try traditional foods from each city and learn which foods each city was known for. The Amalfi Coast and the southern part is known for these special lemons which are used in making incredible “granitas” (like a lemonade slush). Also in Milan there is a bread that is well known called Michetta, like a hollow dinner roll (these were really tasty!). I got to try things like lemon with salt, ham on top of melon, lemon granitas, and so many delicious pastries. It was really fun getting to try so many things.
Italy was so beautiful. It meant so much to me that I got to see a different country and live 3 weeks in that country. I saw places that were so beautiful and famous. I got to be a tourist but also live in a home and experience their lifestyle. They took me to different cities including the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Pisa, Caserta and Milan (which is where they live.) I loved being able to see the different cities. Each city was so unique. It was fun being able to see the contrast of lifestyles between the cities. For example, in the Amalfi Coast it was a much smaller city where you just got to relax at the seaside, while in Rome it was a very populated and touristy city. Florence was just so pretty. I loved how Venice was on the water and you had to take boats everywhere. Every city I visited I loved but they were all very different.
My trip to Italy is a trip that I will remember forever. There were so many highlights throughout the 3 weeks. Some of my highlights were being able to experience being part of an Italian family, seeing the beautiful scenery, eating the delicious food and meeting new people.
I got to meet Irene’s friends and classmates. I enjoyed meeting and developing friends from a different country. I absolutely loved being able to go all around Italy. I loved Venice so much. It was so pretty and unique. It was like something I had never seen before. The whole country was so amazing. The people and the environment were so welcoming. I really felt at home when I was there.
In conclusion, this trip was an eye opening experience for me. I really felt like I got to gain a lot of knowledge. I am so happy I got to go because it gave me a new perspective. Before I went on this trip, I really didn’t know how people lived in Italy. I thought that Italy was going to be exactly like the U.S, but I was very wrong. Yes, they had some things that were the same as in the U.S but the overall feeling of that country was very different. I am very grateful that I got to visit that country. This trip really allowed me to grow and be more independent. It gave me skills like being able to find my way through an airport or asking someone for help. I really feel that I came back from this trip feeling more independent and confident about being on my own more. Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity. It was truly an amazing experience.
The only thing I wish that I knew before going was more about my coordinator. At times I felt like I needed her, but I really didn’t end up talking to her at all until I had a problem with my flight (on the very last day). I really wish that she would have called me when I got there or something. I just felt kind of alone with the family and when I did have some problems, I felt uncomfortable asking them if I could call my coordinator. But overall that is probably the only thing I wish I knew before going to Italy. Thank you so much again AILI!!! I hope the students in the future have great experiences like I did! I am so thankful that AILI provided this opportunity. It was an amazing trip!
It’s been one month since I’m in the United States and I met my new family. I’m very happy to do this experience. I met lots of different people and they are all nice. My family is really great and I’m very happy to stay with them. I’ve done many things with them and the best was to assist at a cheerleader training. Indeed, the little girl in this family is eight years old and practice for junior cheerleading for Broncos. I loved watching that, it was really impressive. In my country, France, it doesn’t exist and there are no cheerleaders. So, I was captivated by the training. Moreover, there were lots of kids at this training, so they practiced in Denver stadium which is so beautiful and huge. This training lasted three hours but I did not realize how late it was. It was really great and I was captivated by ‘the show’. I’m very glad because I could buy a cheerleader outfit! I’m really happy about that because I will never find this in my country! Moreover, I’ve observed the real cheerleader (the teachers of the Junior Cheerleader) practicing and dancing. It was really beautiful and I loved watching them. I’m very glad I watched that. But, this training was not the only thing that I enjoyed during my trip. Indeed, I’ve done lots of different things with my family and without them. I will never forget them and this trip. It’s a great experience to do. I’ve discovered another way of life and lots of nice people. This experience allowed me to open my mind and discover another ‘world’ and I’m very glad about that. So, live in another country and stay with a host family is really interesting and rewarding. I learned and discovered lots of things. I’ll also go to North Carolina with my new family. I’m looking forward to going here. I’m sure it will be a great experience. I wish to discover more things but one month is not enough. So, I hope I will come back in America to discover lots of different things again.
Finally, I think that staying with a host family is better than visiting by yourself. Indeed, we met lots of nice people and we learned more about the country which we visit. We learned about the culture but also about the way of life which is very specific in all countries. Discovering about American way of life was that I liked the most.
About two weeks ago I returned to the states after a wonderful 12 day trip to Japan that was part of a scholarship I won from Compass USA and INETS. When I was first notified I had won this experience back in April I was ecstatic, surprised and elated. What I didn't realize at that time, however, was how much this trip would change my life.
From the moment I arrived at the Tokyo Narita airport I met only the kindest of people. From the man supervising the baggage claim to the airport employee who guided us to meet the person picking us up, every single person who helped us during our stay showed us such hospitality and kindness. My three days in Tokyo were so memorable and exciting because of everyone I met.
What I remember the most is how clean the city is. Unlike some big cities in the U.S., Tokyo was spotless and gorgeous. This cleanliness taught me the pride the people of Tokyo take in their beautiful city. Tokyo was hectic, busy, new and exciting and I constantly had to remind myself of where I was because at times it seemed like a dream that I was standing in front of the Meiji Shrine or looking up at Tokyo Skytree.
My homestay was similarly unforgettable. Firstly, seeing the High School was very surreal. I've hosted seven students through this program and have only ever heard stories about school, classes and clubs; but to see the school was an entirely new experience. It mirrored the cleanliness of Tokyo and every student and staff member extended their kindness towards me once more. I enjoyed participating in a cooking class, helping in English class, and especially speaking to the first year students who will be arriving in just over three weeks! I was so happy to speak with them and hopefully easy their mind about their upcoming homestay. Finally, attending class gave me the opportunity to see so many students who have come to Spokane in the past. The connections of friendships I have built throughout the years were renewed instantly and I was so happy to see so many students I thought I might never get to laugh with again. Words can't describe my happiness. I would like to thank every teacher I met at the High School as well, for welcoming me, teaching me, and smiling with me. I was so incredibly blessed to meet you.
Next and lastly, my homestay. I was blessed to stay with the same student that had stayed in my home in Spokane only a summer before, Yuta. Because his program was only two weeks, it was the perfect opportunity to finally know him personally. Yuta, his brother Kota, and his mother and father welcomed me so warmly on my first day, and it felt like I had always known them. I was so comfortable in their home I never wanted to leave. I was also very blessed that Mr. and Mrs. Fukuzuka tried to speak English with me. It made me feel cheerful and excited to learn from them. I also got to help Kota with his English, and I hope in a few years I can visit him again during his homestay experience.
My host mother always greeted me kindly and taught me Japanese patiently. She also worked very hard making meals and doing laundry. I was so happy to cook her an All- American Mac-and-cheese meal to show her my gratitude.
My host father was always so funny and had a big smile. He reminded me of my father which made me feel comfortable talking and joking with him. So, I'm very thankful to have met him. He also taught me to make takoyaki, which is octopus ball. It's so delicious and I was so happy to experience new food.
Kota reminded me of my younger brother back in Spokane, so he too made me feel comfortable. Although our language barriers made it difficult to communicate, I was happy to smile and laugh with him when I could.
Yuta did so much for me during my stay that I don't know where to begin. Yuta answered all of my endless questions, always made sure I had something to do and people to see, and made my stay especially memorable. My favorite memories with him and walking home from school each day. Although we were both exhausted, we could still laugh and talk together always. I'll never forget how he mentored me and looked out for me. Namely, I remember one day that the train was so crowded that we got separated inside it on the way home. He'd told me the stop to exit the train on, but because there were so many people I was afraid I would lose him once I left the train. Panicked, I stepped onto the platform and looked to my right only to find Yuta balancing flat against the train, to avoid the huge crowds and wait for me. His kindness was so appreciated and made my trip especially enjoyable, memorable, and powerful.
Overall, my trip was hectic, busy, and exhausting, but these small challenges where diluted by the people I met during my stay that showed me endless patience and kindness at all times. Going to Japan, staying in Chiba and Tokyo, has given me an even deeper appreciation for the Japanese people; their culture, their language, their customs. My respect for the people I met has grown infinitely for everyone I met alongside my gratitude.
Although I could go on forever, I feel this is the best way I can summarize my feelings. I'm beyond grateful for an unforgettable experience. All I can say is that I plan to go back as soon as possible.
Last week, I went to Boulder twice. At first, I went to the CU University, especially in the University Memorial Center. I had some difficulties to find the building. Indeed, I spent more than one hour to find this building. I walked too much and I turned around many times before finding the building. Fortunately, I found the building before the Japanese group leaves the place. So, when I arrived at the University Memorial Center, the Japanese group was eating. I joined them to lunch. I met the two coordinators, Beth and Patti who were very nice. They presented me the two Japanese’s accompanying teachers. The both women were very nice too. After we lunched, we moved to the bowling. The Japanese were very happy to do that. Everybody switched their shoes for playing bowling and they became to play. Everyone was really excited and everybody had fun. It was really good to see all people having fun. Moreover, the Japanese are really expressive. So, when they’ve done a strike, they jumped and screamed. It was really funny to watch them. After that, some people played bowling again and other people (like me) went to the Book Shop. There were lots of beautiful things in this shop but, from my point of view, it was really expensive. However, I went around the store and I bought a book. There were lots of different things and it was interesting to visit this store. After that, we met us in front of the Book store and we went to the Art Museum which is very close. We arrived in front of the Museum and the view was really beautiful. Indeed, we could see the mountains and the forest around. The Japanese group saw a rabbit and they were very happy to see that. Then, we entered in the Museum and it was so impressive. The building was huge and it was quiet. We visited the different rooms and I found that really great. There were not so much rooms to visit but only three. However, it was interesting because there were lots of things in these rooms. Indeed, there were not only paintings but also carving.
The next day was really interesting too. I went to Christ the Servant Lutheran Church. We started by lunch then we went in downtown Louisville. During our walk, the Japanese groups (they separated them in 5 groups) were looking for places and symbols for a game. The group who found the most of things won. So, during our walk, the teens were very attentive and serious, it was funny to observe them. About one hour after leaving the church, we arrived at Louisville’s Museum. It was really interesting because we could see a typical house of Louisville’s habitants in 1930’s. It was a really small house and there were about 7 children in this house; it’s so huge for such a small house! I learned many things about Louisville and its habitants thanks to this museum. After that, we went to the oldest Italian Restaurant in Louisville. We visited the restaurant and the kitchen’s restaurant. It was really interesting. The director of the establishment was really nice and explain many things about the restaurant. It’s the first time that I visit a restaurant so I was really happy to do that, to look inside the kitchen of a restaurant. It’s not like we imagine. During this two expeditions of the day, the groups had to find another place or symbol and the best group found 21 places and symbols. It was great. There were two groups who found 21 symbols and places. After that, we went to ‘Sweet Cow’ to eat an ice-cream. This store is really beautiful. Indeed, there are many colors and lots of different tastes for ice-cream. For example, there are peanut butter with Oreo, Apple pie, Pralines and cream … I wish I could try every tastes one day. When we finished our ice-cream, we went in a little shop to do shopping. There were many things about Colorado. I would buy everything but, unfortunately, it’s not possible.
Finally, I spent a really good time in Louisville these days. The coordinators and also the Japanese group were so nice. I discovered many things and I had fun. I’m happy I went there. It was a great experience.
Last Tuesday, I went to Denver to take photos about a group of students. I arrived at the East High School in Denver at 10 a.m. The students were here and waiting for me. When I arrived, we started the visit of the East High school. It was really interesting. We could see how an American school is. There are lots of different rooms and the most impressive is the basketball court. There are two fields and the second is very huge. After visiting these fields, we went upstairs and we saw some lockers which allows students to let their stuff in another place instead of keeping it with themselves. So, when we have seen these lockers, some students would have fun and they put one student in a locker. The problem is that the locker locked after closing the door. So, the student was locked and he couldn’t move. It was really stressful because we had not the key and the space for the student was really small. After about 15 minutes, someone is coming to open the door. She finally succeed to open the door and the student exited from the locker. I was really afraid about this situation but, finally, everything was ok for the student. So, we continued the visit of East High School. We went on the top of the school and the view was really impressive. We could see Denver in overall and it was really beautiful. I appreciated this visit. The students visited East High School while I was taking photos of them.
After that, we went in a park to eat pizzas. It was sunny, so it was really nice. After lunch, we went at the Denver Nature and Science Museum. It was really interesting. There are different sections such as the wildlife in Colorado, in Africa, in Australia … but also an exposition about Egypt and health. I really appreciated the Health exposition. It was really interesting and I learned lots of things. In this exposition, there are lots of activities about health in general. For example, we can see our brain vibration, or we can know when we start to burn under the sun after tan. I’ve learned many things and I think it’s really good to go at the Denver Nature and Science Museum.
First, I would like to thank you for choosing me for one of the Pals to visit the beautiful country of Japan. I had got a lot out of this experience and learned things I would have never known if it wasn’t for this scholarship opportunity. During the first three days, Jesse and I stayed at a beautiful hotel that had a view of the Tokyo Tower. It took my breath away when I saw it. I have never seen anything like it before! During the three days, we took a boat tour, saw incredible views from the world trade center, and ate at very nice restaurants. I am also grateful for these three days because the program paid for all our amazing meals as well. We ate Okonomiyaki, Squid, and even experienced a Japanese version of Denny’s! I bought a lot of souvenirs in those three days and also tasted sushi for the first time. For the rest of the time, I had the honor of staying with two host families, the Nanaka’s and the Marin’s. Marins apartment had an amazing view of Chiba and a short walk to the train station. We went to a lot of malls, I can't believe how many malls are there in Japan! We also went to a lot of temples such as, Narita, Bunkyo, Shibuya-Yoyogikamizonocho, and Taito-Asakusa. They were all beautiful and I learned a lot about temples and the people who worship at them. Marin also took me and Jesse to Disney Sea! It was very funny to see the difference between Disneyland in Japan and in the U.S.A. I noticed a huge difference in culture when I was staying at her house. Indeed, I noticed that before every meal the family would say ‘itadakimasu’ which means thanks for our food. At my house we do not say this before we eat. I also was able to Japanese high school. It was a nice school. I was in class A and C. For me, the coolest part was the part where if you're tired you can just take a nap. At least, everyone takes one nap a day. I didn't know that the school has the students pick up the school. I think we need to have that in American schools to teach us about responsibility. I also noticed that whenever someone came over they always brought a gift. I think this is very neat. At Nanaka’s house we saw a couple temples and did a lot at home like play games. I very much enjoyed her house and the games we played. We tried crepe ice cream cones too.