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Iowa Trip Journal Mar 1, 2016

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Mariko


Iowa Trip Journal Mar 1, 2016

Grade 10 Girl M.Y.

Third day in Iowa, and already so many things that have surprised me!

It has been three days since I arrived in Iowa, and I've already experienced so many things that have surprised me. My host family has already taken me to many places such as a German Town, where there were many fancy buildings that were made during 1700-1800, Ronnenburg Restaurant, where I had a thin crispy pancake that I had never had before, and to my buddy's boyfriends house to have a Mexican dinner with them! We are also planning to go to Costco, Hurts Doughnuts, have dinner and watch a basketball game in Iowa City tomorrow which I am really looking forward to! They have so many exciting things planed for me, and I cant describe how thankful and happy I am to stay with them for three weeks. Most of the things I do and eat will definitely become a good experience and memory that I will never forget.

Firstly, as you can imagine, I have been eating A LOT, and am really surprised at how much people eat here. Everything is served in American size, and fills my stomach every time I have a meal. I am also surprised at the amount of butter they use in all the foods we eat here! American people just LOVE butter, and put a massive amount in everything that matches it like potato, pancakes, marshmallows, and brownies. I feel like I've already eaten the amount I usually eat in a year, just in three days. They are really heavy and high calories, but soooo good! I cant stop eating, and worried if my pants will fit me when I go back to Japan! lol

Secondly, I am surprised about the fact that there are variety of people in America, just like Japan. I believed that all Americans are very nice and friendly, but I learned in school that it was only a stereo type about them. It might be because it was my first day at school, and they were shy to talk to me, but the reaction I got was not like the one I had expected. Some were very friendly and welcomed me with huge smiles and many questions, but in contrast, some were very cold and even didn't show interest in me. I felt a little disappointed, but it was a good lesson for me because I leaned that I have to step closer to them and introduce myself without waiting for them to come closer to me. I will try my best to make good friends that will be my friends even after I go back to Japan.

The only problem I am facing is the time difference. I get sleepy during the day, and wake up at night which is not a good habit. I need to get used to the time difference so I wont get tired during my classes, since my family is so "ACTIVE"!!

So far, my trip has been amazing, and I am enjoying all the things that my host family had prepared for me. I will use this chance wisely, and would like to learn and gain experiences that I can take back with me.

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