Our American Families

mardi 12 juin 2007
par  Marie-Line Bouhatous

The American way of life is very different from ours. It was a real surprise to discover it during fourteen days from October 19th to November 2nd 2006.

The American families were very nice and welcoming.
We were very impressed by the size of their houses and their beautiful gardens. They have good living conditions.
We have noticed most of the families had a foreign origin : that’s logical because the United States are a country of immigrants.

What is a typical day there ?
What are their habits ?

In the morning, we took advantage either for sleeping or watching American television : there was an unbelievable number of channels of sports, news, series…After having breakfast, most of the hosting families took the French students away to visit New-York City, or other monuments.

At the weekend, when we were in families, they made us visit a lot of things. Thanks to them, we were well integrated and we practically felt like Americans.
We went twice with them to restaurants to taste typical American food.
They are used to eating dinner very early, at about 6pm  (but there, they watch the news at 6pm, contrary to 8pm in France). They often eat in front of the television or the computer.

It’s not only a topical ???that Americans eat a lot : that has been checked during the trip but we learnt the reason why they do it : every day at school, they have a short time to eat and when we told them that we had about two hours at midday, families gave us enough to eat during all the time.

When we were in John Jay high school, we saw that students were allowed to wear caps in class and they could eat or drink.

Sunday is a rest day for them. Lots of Americans go to the church because they believe in God.
We were with the hosted families during the weekend. And we were scheduled for trips and parties during the week
We went to New-York and after we celebrated Halloween at home : all they prepared was surprising and everybody was dressed up. One tradition is to carve pumpkins and we did it.

What a good trip it was !


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