Our first Exchange Student.
We were all excited, holding a sign up
MBW Family welcomes another member
She speaks little English, we speak too little Spanish. She says she doesn't own a computer.
Thank you to the computer gods that translate whatever we type in when we get home.
First thing Easter morning she's thrust in to our Harry Potter Easter Party. Must have been quite bewildering to her despite our efforts to ease the confusion.
That afternoon we visit the pier, and later they ride bikes on the strand.
Monday she attends school with Angela for the day. RUHS has been in existence since 1905, has the largest amount of land for a high school campus in CA, and has a view of the beach (check out the tours of the campus on their webpage). RUHS is one of the few high schools with their own ISP servicing the community and giving students the opportunity to learn by voluntarily working for the ISP. RUHS is also one of the few high schools with the unusual program of supplying each freshman student with their own laptop for the year. The classrooms are wired to remotely connect to the laptops, allowing the freshmen to get in the habit of doing all homework on their laptop in order to get familiar with a computer, computer programs and the internet.
That night Susana gets the opportunity to go to Angela's friend's house where there are 2 Mexican exchange students who attend a different school than Susana. Angela's stepsister Katie went with them to the mall where they send friends and family a mall post card.
She spends an afternoon with another host and her student while the host takes her horseback riding class, and then they all go to Benihana's.
We went to see the movie Spy Kids in the city of Torrance. We were tickled they showed a preview of the movie Harry Potter. After the movie we went to a bookstore for a surprise waiting for Susana - the Harry Potter book in Spanish.
Then went to Buca di Beppo for dinner with Nick, a friend of Angela's who speaks better Spanish than we do
We went to Good Stuff for our favorite breakfast at the beach. Mark had to go to work before and after the breakfast.
At the farewell dinner, the Redondo High School cast of West Side Story performed. One of the performers was Nick, Angela's friend and now Susana's friend. Nick in the orange shirt. 1 2 Here he's dancing with his cousin.
Then it was rush home to clean up, eat dpizza, and get to the Redondo School Board meeting where they were honoring Aaron's robotics' team for their National Robotics Championship.
Here's Angela and Susana conversing.
Susana doesn't own a computer. Her maestro told me they'd be looking at the web from their school. I made Susana a notebook of this web, each written page copies and in a plastic protective cover, English on the left, Spanish on the right, black and white copies of the pictures piled in one of the plastic protective covers. She can pull out the pictures to follow the hard copy of the webpage thumbnail pictures.
We didn't get a chance to show Susana that at the top of the hill in our backyard is the beginning of a wilderness park. Usually skunk and racoons are roaming our patio at night. None have showed up this spring. Guess they're getting fed well enough in the park. An 11.5 acre micro-wilderness area and wildlife reserve in the midst of a residential community. The park is open all year and overnight camping is permitted.
I pick up Susana at 7:30pm, to race over to their friend Nick's performance in West Side Story. Then Angela, Nick and Susana go out to eat.
Up early, packed the car by 7:30pm, Nick arrives, Aaron's stuff out to leave with his mother, the rest of us will be heading to the airport to say goodbye Susana. Keeping themselves entertained at the airport. on our way to Gate 66 shedding a few tears after saying goodby downstairs, Angela and Nick ran up the stairs to have another goodby.
On the way home Marygrace video'd Susana's empty seat and spoke about some more goodbye's. We stopped to take a picture of the school bulletin board.
I want to thank you for being so nice to susana and for considering her a
member of your family,I really liked the photos I saw and the videos.It seems
that she really had a nice time with you.
My stepson informs us he wants a French exchange student, and my daughter informs us she wants 2 Mexican exchange students next year.
I think we've found another wonderful way to make new friends!