To get the students as ready as possible for Seattle, I have been doing "USA LESSONS" with them the past few weeks, using all the suggestions from my international friends, plus a few ideas of my own. The rule at the beginning of each lesson is... "DO NOT ASK WHY!" I always tease them that these are all the things I had to "unlearn" when I got to Denmark and for most....there is just not a REASON! It just is.
As I was doing my "USA Lesson #7" (See link HERE) yesterday, we were talking about BASIC things... you know, EATING and SLEEPING... and the "normal" things we take for granted. The things we COUNT ON being the same, day in and day out.
However, one of my students said something that really made me stop and think. It was not a complaint or a form of sarcasm about the "American way" of doing things... it was an honest question; a question that really has given me pause today.
He said, "How is it that we are two countries with so many things in common yet when it comes to such basic stuff, we are SO DIFFERENT?"
And he is so right.
Like I always tell Jess when she experiences something new in DK...it's not bad, just different.
Well, that statement works for everything except leverpostej and lakrids. Anway...I digress.
As I leave for Istanbul today with 80+ colleagues, I am going with an open mind--a mind that is searching for the differences. Not to judge or question, but just to observe! I already opened up a new note on my iPhone called "Turkey" so I am ready to, ready to learn!