By Pierina, Kayan, Vivian
Traveling is a way to see new places, learn new things and different cultures. It is a way to see different points of view and to grow up as a person. Every trip changes you a little bit, and when you come back home you’re a different person in some way.
Lately, I had the chance to go to lots of places with my family because they like traveling as much as I do. Last summer we went to Florida for two weeks and we traveled around Florida so that we could see all the different cities. We saw “small” cities, like Fort Myers and Daytona, and also big cities, like Orlando and Miami. I could see the differences between those cities, the small neighborhoods with a lot of lovely houses in Fort Myers and the big ones in Miami with a lot of mansions, the small and empty beaches and the crowded ones.
I liked everything about this trip. I had the chance to see a lot and to see how real life is in the USA. I live in Switzerland and I always watch American movies or tv series, and I’ve always dreamt about going there. So this trip was a kind of dream that became true.
This year I also went to London and Amsterdam for a few days.
I had the chance to see a lot of history and museums and they were really interesting but it was also interesting to see some characteristics of the countries.
For example, did you know that in Britain all the people always stay in line on the escalators on the right side? Because in this way the people that are in a hurry can go on the left side. I was really impressed about that! I’ve also been to Italy and to the seaside of Greece, but that was more of a relaxing holiday than a real trip.
I would really like to go far away, like in Asia or Africa to see some really different cultures.
Another way to see new places and new cultures are going abroad to learn a language.
You can learn a new language and you can actually live like a native of the place. You can change your lifestyle for a period and I think that this is really a great experience!
I study a lot of languages at school, and I like to travel in the summer and improve my additional languages. I’ve already been to Germany a couple of times to study German and I really liked that. So this summer I’m in Santa Barbara for a month to work on my English.
I think that this has been a really great experience, an experience that I will remember forever!
You live for a month away from your home and you are away from your everyday problems. You live a different life and you learn new things. When you come back home you will be an improved person, and maybe you will see things in a transformed way.
In conclusion, traveling is a way to change your personality and it is an experience that you won’t live again, and you will always have it in your heart, because it’s going to become a part of you. This experience is going to become something that you’ll never forget.
By Alexia Colucci from France.
Sport is omnipresent in our lives. The majority of people give sports a place well-defined in their lives, whether large or small, that it’s for their health, for the education of their children, their hobbies. Obviously, everyone is not passionate about the same sport ,but sport itself brings people together.
We don’t go a day without seeing someone do a sport or without hearing about sports on television. Even the big nations struggle between them for the organization of competitions like the Olympic Games.
To learn about the sport of the people, I went out into the street and I stopped people to ask four questions of three people. The first was: Do you play a sport? Two of them said yes.
The second was: Which one and why? The first person told me: “In my city the rugby is sacred, it’s rooted in our culture.”And the last person told me: “The golf, because my grandfather made me love this sport.”
The third question was: How much time per week do you play sports? The first person told me: “Four times so approximately, I practice seven hours.”The last person told me: “One time every weekend and I stay there two or three hours.”
The last question was: Do you prefer to go somewhere by car, by bus, by bike or by foot? The first person told me: “By car because it’s fast.”The second person told me: “By bus because it’s less tiring that to drive.”And the last person told me: “Sometimes by bus for short ride, but by car for the work or for the long ride.”
Thanks to this survey, we can see that sports are a part of our lives but everything depends on the culture of countries, cities and education we can receive. The passion for the sport depends on each. Sport reaches every person differently!
By Helene Messie, France
A lot of people in the United States of America don’t eat healthily, there is a huge percent of obesity in this country. But one state is different from the others : California. A lot of Californian people want to have a perfect body and for that they eat healthy food. I have also to say that being healthy is not just to eat healthy and to do sport, no, it’s almost like a philosophy of life.
Wednesday, the 21 of February, I went to State Street and to the EF school to ask people four questions. I talked with three persons : Dan, an EF student; Jessica, a native English speaker and Carolina, a women I met on State Street.
The first question: What do you eat in the morning?
In the morning, Dan eats French toast with butter and drinks water. He is an athletic person. Jessica eat cereals and Carolina likes to eat bacon with eggs and pancakes with her coffee but not every day.
The second question : Do you think that you eat healthy food (that you eat healthily)?
Dan told me yes because for him it’s important. Jessica told me yes too and Carolina told me that she don’t really eat healthy. She doesn’t really give an importance to that.
The third question : Do you like to cook healthy recipes ?
Dan told me that he doesn’t really cook. Jessica said yes and Carolina said no because it doesn’t interest her.
Fourth question : If you had the choice between a soda and a fruit juice, what would you choose?
Dan and Jessica would choose the fruit juice and Carolina told me that for her, it depends of the time of the day.
• With this survey, I can say that Dan is an athletic teenager who isn’t really interested to have a healthy lifestyle but pays attention to what he eats. Jessica may be a healthy person who likes to cook healthy recipes and Carolina isn’t really interested to be a healthy person.
Let’s watch this short video :
This video shows us how to prepare healthy lunches really fast. Because sometimes, the reason why we don’t eat healthy food is that we miss time for the lunch. So now, no more excuses !
By Luca Wislsperger, Germany
For many years people had to go through difficulties and had to struggle with doing certain tasks or activities by their own, but now they can have a support dog.
Emotional support dogs are dogs that provide comfort and support in forms of affection and companionship for an individual suffering from various mental and emotional conditions. An emotional support dog is not required to perform any specific tasks for a disability like service dogs are. They are meant only for emotional stability and unconditional love.
There are 2 different types of support dogs:
One kind is the emotional support dog which can assist with various kinds of mental and emotional conditions like anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder/mood disorder, panic attacks, fear/phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts/tendencies.
The Therapy dog which provides affection and comforts to individuals in hospitals and nursing homes. It is also used, as you can guess, for therapies so the clients have certain lessons together with these dogs to cure different types of diseases.
The second one is the service dog that is helpful for people which are limited by their disabilities so they function as an assistant for performing a normal life.
Have you thought of making your dog a service, therapy or emotional dog?
Some people say that the dog is the humans’ best friend. Whether or not this is true, it is certainly a fact that dogs can provide a lot of help and companionship for those with disabilities. If you have been wondering how to make your dog a service dog, an emotional support dog, or a therapy dog, there a lot of companies like “USA Service Dogs” that help you to train your dog to these kind of assistant.
Here is a link to a website where you can train your own dog: https://zoomroom.me/portal/own-your-own-zoom-room/?utm_campaign=1045189562&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=247365016752&utm_term=%2Bown%20%2Bdog%20%2Btraining&adgroupid=58184426624
How much does a service dog cost?
The price range for a service dog can be anywhere from $3,000 to train it personally to as much as $35,000 if you use a popular and expensive organization.
It generally takes 1–2 years to train a service dog. The dog must be trained to mitigate your disability and must behave appropriately in public to avoid being removed. This means there are two main facets of service dog training: first of all public access behaviors and secondly disability-related work and tasks.
There is also another type of support dog. It is used for environmental catastrophes like the heavy mud slides in Montecito the previous month.
For this disaster the firefighters use highly trained search dogs, most of them were schooled by the “National Disaster Search Dog Foundation”, located in Santa Paula.
It’s a private non-profit organization where the dogs are trained for about 8-10 months. Afterwards they can tell you if a body is either still alive or dead. Furthermore, they can differ between a live body and fresh clothes. The dogs which are only trained to detect dead bodies are called “cadaver dogs” or “HR” which stands for human remains dogs.
- If you could drink only one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
- What is your biggest goal in life?
– To be happy all my life.
- How old do you think our substitute teacher Kevin is?
- What do you think you will be doing in 20 years?
– I think I will have a good job and my own family, and hopefully be married.
- If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?
– I think, in Spain.
- Who is the most important person to you?
– My sister.
- What makes you happy?
– The sun, going out with friends, my family, and eating.
- What makes you sad?
– If I see other people being sad or unhappy.
- Who is your biggest inspiration?
– My grandmother.
- Do you have any big regrets in life?
– My ex-boyfriend.
- Why did you come to Santa Barbara?
– Because I wanted to learn English in a sunny place and I heard a lot of good things about Santa Barbara.
- What do you talk about to avoid awkward silence?
– Always asking the other person questions.
- Where is the best place to spend a Saturday night?
– In a good club.
- What would be the first thing you bought if you won 10 million dollars?
– A car and a house.
- What is important in a best friend?
– That you can always go back to the same person, knowing that she would never abandon you.
By, Ali Alghamdi, Saudi Arabia.
And, Ali Ahmad, Saudi Arabia
Traveling is one of our hobbies. We have traveled since we were young. We have many reasons to love traveling, such as changing our daily routine, learning about other countries culture, meeting new people from different countries, and visiting museums help us to learn the country’s history.
We have visited about 30 cities in 17 countries in the last five years.
One of the most beautiful cities we visited was Auckland in New Zealand. The weather was perfect and the people were more friendly there. We loved this city because it was amazing.
Also we would have so much fun in Milan, There was a big mall that has many brands, Italian foods and it was beautiful .
We visited Selangor also in Malaysia and it was amazing city for tourists to relax. And if you need to marry you can go to there as a honeymoon.
Eventually, traveling has positive and negative sides but we will keep traveling until the last day of our lives.
Michaela Kopecna, Czech Republic
For someone who wasn’t born in Santa Barbara some things can be completely new and strange. Every country has its own customs or traditions. Some of them could be normal, but some of them could seem little bit weird.
I am a girl from a small city in Europe and I have never traveled across the ocean before. So the words like “jet lag” or “culture shock” were, for me, completely new. I never understood the meaning of them because in Europe we all go to sleep at same time. That means that we have different traditions, but close and similar to each other.
What time is it?
When you land at the airport your first thing you must check is the time, because in Europe it is 12PM. What time is the right one? That’s the question. Here in Santa Barbara it’s 12AM, so should I go to sleep? No! And that is what jet lag is.
How to use the toilets?
It could be strange, but the toilets are also different. And for someone from Europe it’s a shock. Are there really gaps when you close the doors? So everybody can see me through the gaps, right?
Are people here my friends now?
This could happened that you are standing at a bus stop and some stranger starts to talk with you. Just in Santa Barbara. The people here are so kind and helpful. They just talk with you and at the end of the conversation you are friends. How easy. That’s why I feel so welcome in this country.
How to say hi?
Hear Spanish in Santa Barbara is really common. All the names of the streets are in Spanish and also in some public buildings you can hear this language. That is because Santa Barbara used to be a Spanish colony. However, for every day use, just learn how to say hi in Spanish. That will be enough. So “hola” and “gracias senora”!
Sometimes you can feel cold here because of the air-conditioning or cold weather. Don’t underestimate it and take a warm sweater into your classes. Even if Santa Barbara has the ocean it isn’t warm all the time. Suprisingly.
You can say you are citizen when you help tourists get to the beach. You won! Santa Barbara is not so hard to orient oneself. So after a short time you will feel here like you are at home. Culture shock is gone and jet lag is your very old friend.
WELCOME TO SANTA BARBARA
By Diane de Molinari (Belgium)
My video about the life at EF Santa Barbara
I made a video about the life here, at EF Santa Barbara, to show you, future EF students or parents, how SB is a real paradise.
I have been here for 3 weeks and I am leaving this beautiful place on Saturday, to go to Miami for one month more.
I think one month is the perfect duration to stay here. As you can see in my video, you can do a lot of things here and you never get bored.
I stayed in the residence and I can tell you that the environment there is very good. Everything is very organized and always clean. I have a lot of friends who are in host families, like you saw in my video, and I think that it is very different than the residence, but that is also good for your learning and to discover the Californian culture.
During the weekends, and sometimes in the week, there are different activities. You can do activities with or without EF. Personally, I went to Camarillo, which is a big outlet with a lot of brands, and I also went Jet Skiing. It was very beautiful and so fun to do it. There are a lot of different aquatic animals in Santa Barbara!
The meals at the residence’s restaurant are always very different and delicious, both breakfasts and dinners.
In the residence like in host families there are some rules like that you have to be in your room at 10pm but it is not really boring because you do so much things during the day so you are very tired in the evening that you want to sleep!
The EF teachers are very cool. It is not like your teacher at your school, there are so cool here and sometimes they just ask you what you want to do, like more grammar or more vocabulary and they understand you so that is really great.
I think that to go away from your family and friends for 2 months is a beautiful experience which teaches you a lot of things. This is the kind of experience which grows you up and which teaches you to be independent.
So if you are hesitating to book a trip with EF, just do it, you will not regret it.
Diane de Molinari, in Santa Barbara since the 30th July until the 26th August 2017.
By Lucia F and Nieves F, Switzerland and Spain.