Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Chicken Day!

Happy Thanksgiving to my loyal readers! It’s a bit sad to miss out on this holiday with my family, but my American friends and I made the most of it and celebrated ourselves potluck style. And to get me even more in the spirit, my school celebrated Thanksgiving this year (or at least tried). Every year the school celebrates an American holiday (although last year was “pancakes” so not sure what holiday that is and they actually made crepes…). So the past week I spent a lot of time making turkeys (which about half of the kids called chickens), tracing hands, explaining what it means to be thankful, and attempting to impart a little bit of knowledge about Pilgrims and Indians. I gave 8 presentations from ages 4 to 12. My 5th graders had a particularly fun time making a Thanksgiving Madlib and everyone loved this goofy video of hamsters, mice, and rabbits eating miniature Thanksgiving food. And of course, how could I forget the “famous” Turkey Pokey song AKA the Hokey Pokey modified for Thanksgiving. It had basically been playing on a loop the days leading up to Thanksgiving, and thanks to that, I don’t think it will ever leave my head. Today, we were going to have the actual Thanksgiving festival as an entire school, but because of rain, it’s been postponed. The kids seemed more confused than disappointed. Continue reading


Oh Yeah… I Went on a Trip

Not a big trip, but I remembered I forgot to post pictures of a recent day trip to a town called Toledo. It was a quick 30-minute train ride to the town, and I spent most of the day there with a friend walking around and visiting some noteworthy sites. Despite losing my return train ticket (a man was nice enough to reprint it for me) and a deceivingly long walk back in the dark to the station in which I almost thought we were lost (I had to rely on instinct rather than Google maps since my phone died), it was a rather nice day with pleasant weather. The pictures (and my short captions) will mostly speak for themselves!

Even the tiny train station was pretty!

Even the tiny train station was pretty!

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10 Types of Flour

Recently, I decided I couldn’t resist the urge to bake any longer and wanted to give it a go. I grew so accustomed to having all the basic ingredients and materials I needed that when I had to start completely over here, I was a bit overwhelmed. While in my apartment we have pots, pans, utensils, plates, etc. we didn’t have anything for baking (besides an oven). So, I made a trip to IKEA and bought some essentials while facing the fact that getting used to metric, a system I usually love, is going to be difficult for baking. Continue reading

I Got a Rock…

Lucky for me, I had Halloween off which made for a 4-day weekend. At school on Thursday, we basically spent the class periods doing Halloween activities. With the 5th graders, we watched Halloween videos I found: It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, the song “This is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas, and an explanatory video about what Halloween is like in the U.S. The kids had never seen Charlie Brown, but they seemed to love the scene where Charlie keeps getting rocks. With the 1st graders, we did a Halloween word search, which was nearly impossible for them, and some coloring, which was considerably easier. Halloween isn’t as big of a holiday here as it is in the U.S. Kids probably do the most celebrating at school, and even then, it’s not as much as in America. Additionally, Halloween is meant to be strictly scary. Kids sometimes dress up (but don’t really trick or treat), and basically always as a witch, vampire, skeleton, ghost, etc. There’s another holiday called Carnival which occurs before Lent with more fun and less scary costumes. Continue reading