Thursday, September 8, 2011

Our Ideal House Guests

Our two student house guests from Germany left yesterday to commence a bus tour to the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Yosemite, Las Vegas, etc.  Don't get me started on a rant about why this country can't have a decent - or any - high speed rail system to get us from beautiful place to place and tourists have to resort to days and days along dusty desert roads on a crowded bus.  It's just not right.

They will return after their bus trip to stay with us through the end of September, and we're delighted.  E and K, our guests, have been ideal visitors.  Believe me, we've had vacationers from overseas who won't try Mexican food, don't like the beach, are afraid to speak their (almost perfect) English, and think everything in their country is superior.  This is not E and K.  One of the first things they said they wanted to do when they got here was, "Go to an American football game and eat hot dogs and ice cream!"  Love it.  Love it!  That will happen at the end of the month since football season hasn't started yet, but we took them to a baseball game, fully adorned in team regalia, and ate popcorn and chili dogs.  They were ecstatic.  We sojourned to the beach, the pool, the outlet mall, the supermarket (always interesting to foreigners), the amusement park, and to Ruby's American Diner where they took pictures of their burgers and milkshakes.  The two of them ask lots of questions about our customs and slang and schools and family life.

I know my children are learning from E and K's fine example not only how to be charming house guests but also how to appreciate different cultures.  Now my kids will be just a little more encouraged to try the escargot in France (well, maybe not - maybe just the bouillabaisse), or read the Norwegian folklore, or play the cavaquinho, or join the polka dance.  I like that.

We had a gorgeous day at the beach.

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