January 19, 2011 § Leave a comment
Well, I guess, the fun isn’t over technically, but the fundraising hype has come to an end. Tonight was….less than productive. I dare to say that it was HORRIBLE; but I shouldn’t complain. Ha Ha. If a creepy teenage girl came to MY door I certainly wouldn’t buy anything. Soooooo, I suppose that I will just have to be more adorable and complimentary. Or perhaps I could dance and sing? That would hook ’em. Anyway, my dad and I, decided to go rich people hunting because we figured hey, they got dough to blow. Alas!! Rich people apparently do not carry cash AND every single one of them have children struggling to make ends meet and they are forced to support them…plus they are planning a trip to Europe themselves and can’t be bothered. He he he. Oh! I am such an ungrateful child!!! I apologize! I apologize! I love everyone! ha ha. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have better luck.
January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
That last post was my mother. She had been telling me to describe “How it all began” since I started this blog, but she got impatient and wrote it herself. I thought about rewriting it, but it is much easier to just tell people that she wrote it. Anyway, that’s how it all began! Hurrah! Hurrah! Yay! yay! Now back to the fundraising.
Today was our first time out selling as a group. We stationed our (adorable!) little booths near the front entrances. No worries, we had permission from the owners. I’ll admit, there were times when I felt like jumping on top of our table and screaming like a deranged monkey…but people were usually very generous. Of course, we met the occasional acrimonious vegetarian who made it clear that they were insulted by the fact that we had the audacity to trick them into buying a repugnant slab of meat! Well, if we had known they were vegetarians, of course we wouldn’t approach them! Well, I apologize to all those vegetarians I have insulted, but next time, could you possibly advertise that you are a vegetarian? At least wear a carrot on your shirt or something.
Anyway, It was a “good experience” —–frequently spoken quote by dad; said after the completion of anything requiring strenous mental or physical output. SOOOOO happy days.
January 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
When we came back from Australia, our Pastor submitted my name to a local magazine, as an “outstanding student”. I didn’t know he was going to do it, and was very surprised to see my name and photo in the magazine! A few months later, I got a letter from the “People to People” program saying I had been nominated as a potential “ambassador”! They invited me and my parents to a meeting explaining the program, where they asked me to apply. I thought about it for a long time. But, I had already spent over a year away from the United States, and wanted to spend my summer in Montana with my friends and my new colt. So, I turned it down. I thought that was the end of it.
But, later I reunited with a childhood friend, Corey Bennett, who had actually been nominated and accepted for the People to People trip I turned down! His stories and his pictures, and the fact that I could have been on that trip WITH him, made me sad that I hadn’t applied. So, when another letter arrived early this year, from People to People, offering to allow me to apply again, I jumped at the chance!
People to People is an educational program for young people, meant to build future leaders for our nation. It is built on the idea that people who understand each other and reach out to each other in friendship, are more likely to build peaceful relationships and trade partnerships. This program was the brain child of President Dwight David Eisenhower. It has been supported by all the United States Presidents since then.
My delegation is going to travel to ITALY, FRANCE, SWITZERLAND, AND AUSTRIA. We will be gone 19 days! The trip is led by local school teachers. And before we go, we have monthly meetings, which include class time, learning about the customs and traditions, money, political ideology and protocols for Ambassadors in the areas we will visit. I will earn High School and College credit for this classroom time. This also gives us time to get to know the rest of our local delegation; the kids we will spend all our time with, in Europe. Part of the experience is learning to be a part of the Montana team!
Some of the highlights of our trip, will be:
- Take in thrilling panoramic views of Paris from high atop the Eiffel Tower.
- Admire artistic masterpieces at the Louvre Museum, including the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and Winged Victory.
- Stroll the Champs-Elysées, and examine the elegant Arc de Triomphe.
- Explore the inspiring art and architecture of Notre Dame Cathedral.
- Understand luxury at the gilded Palace of Versailles.
- See the actual home where Mozart was born, and witness the beautiful scenery that inspired The Sound of Music.
- Learn to bake an Austrian specialty (Apfelstrudel) with guidance from professional chefs.
- Experience the eerie quiet of Mauthausen, one of the deadliest concentration camps of World War II.
- Understand why President Eisenhower developed his vision for People to People after visiting this camp.
- Discuss life in a concentration camp with one of the few remaining survivors.
- Re-create life in the Middle Ages, complete with authentic clothing, food, and games.
- Get to know European students during a home stay with an Austrian, Swiss, or German family.
- Learn about and observe the daily life of an Austrian farmer in this mountain town.
- Get a true taste of Austria when we learn a popular dance.
- float the canals in a traditional Venetian gondola.
- Watch a glassblower demonstrate this remarkable craft.
- Ramble through picturesque Tuscany on your way to Florence.
- Discover the fantastic art and architecture that mark Florence as the birthplace of the Renaissance.
- See Michelangelo’s impressive 14-foot-tall statue of David in the Accademia Gallery.
- Learn about Italian religious life by talking with a political or church official.
- Explore Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower.
- Step into the Colosseum, and imagine the spectacles that millions watched from within its walls.
- Meander through the ancient ruins of the Forum, and learn about this heart of the city during the time of the emperors.
- Explore the Vatican, home to the pope, and examine Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel masterpiece.
- Toss a coin into the legendary Trevi Fountain.
January 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
Another day, another dollar witheld. *sigh* Last night’s ticket buyers were not as enthusiastic as the ticket buyers the previous night. There was much door slamming and altogether too much disappointment. However, those who DID buy tickets were very nice….and I’ve discovered I’m a celebrity among all varieties of canines. Well, I’m hoping that tomorrow’s stake-out at Murdoch’s will be more productive than this exhausting individual ticket selling. When the people answer the door, their reactions always fall into one of these three catagories:
SUSPICIOUS: this actually has two subcatagories! The first being their suspicions that I might run into their house and murder them all (these people often talk to me through a small crack in their door) and secondly, those that suspect that I’ve devised some elaborate scam and plan on draining their entire bank account! MUAHAHAHA.
ANNOYED: these people want nothing to do with my fancy pink papers and bothersome sales pitch. They are characterized by pursed lips, shaking heads, and large wooden doors (Note to fellow salesmen: the images of these large wooden doors may linger in your mind long after they’ve been shut in your face. Have a therapist on call for those persistent feelings of failure and depression.)
FRIENDLIES: These people are nice to the extreme. Known for their “come in for a cup of cocoa” invitations and good smelling houses.
January 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
Okay. So tonight I FINALLY started selling tickets. We had gone to our meeting, we had received the tickets, and it was finally time to sell them after a month’s worth of hype and anticipation. With a friendly smile plastered on my face, I set out to make my fortune…well, my People to People fortune. The people in the neighborhood I harrassed were so nice! I was surprised by how supportive everyone was! Nearly every house I visited bought a ticket. I even met The owner of the local Perkins; he gave me a free appetizer coupon (I’m such a charmer). Well, it was both a pleasant and profitable experience. I always enjoy a bit of arbitrary banter with friendly people. Well, this is all I have to write about tonight. My brother’s dog destroyed something and I find it difficult to conjure up witty and upbeat comments with all the screaming going on in the background. So Ciao!
January 6, 2011 § Leave a comment
So. Here I go. The Great Journey begins (isn’t that what little foot called the migration in Land Before Time?). Anyway, can’t wait to see how it goes. This blog creation thing is crazy though…I can’t figure it out. So many buttons! Click this style! Click that style! Oh well. I’ll figure it out sooner or later. This is my blog about my “People to People” student Ambassador journey! Follow along!