Santa Barbara Moments

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.time

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?hands

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”!freez

I’m freezing!

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.

Goal!

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.

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The Life at EF Santa Barbara

By Diane de Molinari (Belgium)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a7iyvhfkjm4ia9o/EF%20Santa%20Barbara.mp4?dl=0

 

 

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.

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Interview by Eri Yamashita, JAPAN

normal question  

1 Where are you from?
Switzerland French
2 What’s your favorite food?
fried rice
3 Why are you studying English?
movie, his future job
4 What’s your favorite sport?
basketball
5 How many siblings do you have?
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unusual question
1 What do you prefer to do in your free time?
Take some pictures and play games, learn more about planes, go out with friends, drink beers, watch movie, series …
2 What do you think about Japanese culture?
You are crazy people (very good  and funny)
3 How much time do you need to sleep?
6-7h
4 What do you want to do in Santa Barbara?
Helicopter trip
5 What should I ask you??
About my passion
(Aviation, types of planes…)

Personal Interview with Elsa Abergel

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Personal Interview with Elsa Abergel

By Jessica Fruehbrodt, Germany

Basic Questions

  1. Where are you from and how does your hometown/-city look like?

I’m from Belgium in Antwerp. It is a pretty small city but really nice.

  1. When you compare it with Santa Barbara, CA do you think your hometown is similar to this city? Where are the differences?

My home city is really different compared to Santa Barbara. The city where I come from is a lot bigger than SB. Our downtown is much bigger than State Street and Paseo Nuevo.

  1. Do you have siblings? Do you already miss your family?

Yes I have one brother and one sister. I’m the middle one. Yes I miss them but I’m already excited to see them soon because I’m going back to Belgium to spend the holidays with them.

  1. Have you ever been to the USA before? And where have you been exactly when you answer that with ‘yes’?

Yeah I’ve been here for a few times. I’ve visited Washington, Miami, Philadelphia, and right now I’m enjoying my life here in California.

  1. Are there any other cities or state that you want to visit while you’re here in Santa Barbara?

I definitely want to see Las Vegas. That will be my last trip here in California because I’ve already been to San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  

Unusual, open-ended Questions

  1. What would be your first reaction if a shark attacks you while you’re surfing?

I would get a heart attack because I’m really afraid of sharks. That’s also the reason why I don’t go into the water at all.

  1. You’re going to transfer to Boston soon. Why did you choose this city? Aren’t you afraid of the cold?

I choose this city because it is the biggest EF school in the United States of America and also because my best friend goes to university there. I’m not afraid of the cold because I’m used to it because it is also really cold in my home city.

  1. What was your most awkward situation ever?

When I was in the plane I was talking about a girl sitting next to me and I said to my friend that I’m sitting next to the ugliest person ever. I didn’t realize that she also spoke French and understood me.

  1. When you could decide where would you like to spend the rest of your life where would that be?

I would move to London, England.

  1. When you would be stranded on a lonely island. With whom would you want to be with?

I would want to be there with my best friend.

Interview with Clara Wagner

By Camilla M. Frederiksen, Greenland

I Have interviewed Clara Wagner, Clara is 21 and she’s from France.frankrig

She have finished university in France, she studied marketing at the university.

Her plan is to study business after she finishes, her school year here in Santa Barbara EF.

Clara’s favorite cake is fruit cake and her favorite sports game is volleyball.

If she has to choose three tings to bring to an Ireland, she would take her pillow, phone and her best friend with her.

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If Clara’s house starts burning and she had 60 seconds to take what she can take, she would take her pictures because the pictures are memories for her, passport, wallet and her grandfathers ring that mean a lot to her.

And for the last, the country she want to visit next time she travels is Thailand.o-THAILAND-facebook.jpg

 

About Faye

What is your name?

My name is Faye Van Buren.faye

How old are you?

I am 17 years old.

Where are you from?

I am from the Netherlands.

What languages do you speak?

I speak Dutch and English.

 

 What made you decide on going to Santa Barbara?

My mom had been here and she told me it was very beautiful and a good sized city. And I wanted to go somewhere warm.

What is your favorite thing to do in the States?

My favorite thing to do in the States is to go out and eat, especially pizza. I also enjoy travelling and visit different places.

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

South Africa.

What would you do if you won $1 million?

I would buy a house in Spain, and all different kinds of stuff that I want.

What are your life goals?

I want to find something that I want to study that I would enjoy working with. Then I would like to start a family.

 

By Carolina Magnusson, Sweden