My students have been in Seattle for 3 weeks now and I have been faithfully reading their blogs about their adventures in the US...you know, the blogs that their English teacher MADE them create before they left and ASSIGNED them to post in at least once a week! Well, a large majority of my kids are posting WAY more often than weekly as they are really seeing their blog as a way to journal this awesome experience, not just as an assignment from that crazy American teacher that they have!
Anyway, in the course of reading their blogs and FB status updates these 3 weeks, I have discovered all kinds of things about what they are discovering! Some of these things are the things I taught them about in our "All about the USA" lessons that we had before they left (Thanks again, Anarella, for such a great idea!!), but many others are things that I never even thought of (being a native), but is so great to read about their impressions!
Since y'all know about this awesome project that Herning Gymnasium is in the middle of and have followed my writings about my students, I thought you might like to hear what they are saying about these first 21 days in the USA! Here are a few of my favorite quotes that I have run across this last week:
"I finally just broke down and asked my host mom if she could give me a knife at every meal. I tried to eat with just a fork, but it is impossible."
We talked a LOT about this before they left and I admitted that I CANNOT, no matter how hard I try, eat like the Danes with their fork/knife artistry....so now I do it MY way....and they should do it THEIR way as well! No need to starve because you cannot operate the silverware! :-)
"My body is probably more healthy already because I have not drank beer in so long, but I think the American food I am eating will more make up for that!"
Who would've thought that being in a country with a drinking age of 21 for 2 months could be like a de-tox program. LOL
This quote makes me SOOOOO proud!
"I find myself going to bed around 11 at night. At first I thought it was the jet lag, but now after 3 weeks, I am still doing it because everything closes so much earlier on the weekends here AND because there is that curfew! It's crazy!"
I warned them about the curfews....but I don't think they really believed that it was a real thing... Yep, they believe now! :-)
"Kelli warned us about strangers talking to you...on the bus, in the shops, everywhere! At first I thought it was strange, but now I think it's great! I wish Danes would learn to do this more!"
YEAH!! A good thing about Americans! :-) We may eat unhealthy, but we sure know how to make people feel welcomed!
One thing that I have overwhelmingly noticed about their blogs is how POSITIVE they are! Of course they miss home, their families and rugbrød, but they are truly embracing these new experiences and doing like Thoreau encouraged us... "Sucking the marrow out of life"
They are an inspiration to me!