Thursday, January 19, 2017
Today our Peruvian guests visited the Bush Presidential Library and the Geo Deck at the Hyatt Regency downtown. They were impressed with the magnificent and interactive museum at the Presidential library. They were particularly moved by the 9/11 exhibit. It's remarkable to think that this group was not yet born when 9/11 occurred so it was the first time that they had seen so many images from that tragic day. Despite the sadness of the 9/11 exhibit, the visit to the library was informative and fun and the guests enjoyed the experience and learning about our 43rd president.
The Geo Deck at the Hyatt Regency downtown is located in the famous "Ball" on the Dallas Skyline. Our guests enjoyed going all the way to the top deck and looking out over the DFW Metroplex. It was cold outside but it was thrilling all the same!!
Friday, January 13, 2017
After two days in classes at UA with their host sisters, today our visiting Peru Delegation went out on their first cultural and educational excursion to downtown Dallas. Their first stop was the 6th Floor museum where the girls learned all about President Kennedy, his legacy and the sad but fascinating details of his assassination in Dallas in 1963.
After a couple of hours at the museum, our guests were ready to experience their first tastes of Tex-Mex cuisine at a Dallas landmark, El Fenix. The tacos and chips & queso were huge hits! Que rico!
The last stop on today's tour was the Dallas World Aquarium where the students enjoyed walking through a rain forest and seeing all sorts of animals from all over the world. They especially enjoyed the toucans, flamingos and the penguins. The sharks were a great surprise!
What a great day! Now to enjoy the Martin Luther King Holiday weekend with our host families!
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Today we welcomed our first guests of 2017, our sisters from Colegio Santa Ursula in Lima, Peru! Our guests arrived mid-day so we prepared a welcome lunch and a little orientation to Ursuline Academy during the afternoon. All were very tired from the journey but also excited to meet their host sisters in person and to tour the school. We look forward to the coming days in Dallas with our Peruvian sisters!
Friday, December 2, 2016
Oh what a marvelous presentation we enjoyed today at UA! Our Australian sisters prepared a wonderful program for us which included films and fun facts about Australia and St. Ursula's college as well as several beautiful songs (like the one below).
The choir from Australia collaborated with our UA Dallas Concert choir and the result was fabulous! So much talent at both schools!!
The presentation concluded what can only be described as a near-perfect week of friendship, learning and laughter. We loved having our Aussie sisters (and teachers) with us in Dallas and we cannot wait to see them again!!
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Today our Australian guests had a real taste of Texas as they visited our sister-city to the west, Ft. Worth. They visited the historical Stockyards where they ran into a friend from home - an Australian cowboy in Texas! The tour of the Stockyards was followed by a Cattle drive through the Stockyards where they came face-to-face with the mighty Longhorn cows, true symbols of Texas! Our Aussie sisters enjoyed an authentic Texas lunch at Risky's BBQ before heading over to the Cowgirl museum. All in all, a spectacular day in the Lone Star State!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Today we introduced our Australian sisters to some of the important history of Dallas and of the United States. It was their first official "Dallas" Day! The day began with a wonderful introduction to the history of Dallas with native Dallasite, Ms. Melinda Smith. Ms. Smith teaches journalism at UA and she took a few minutes to speak to the girls about what life was like in Dallas during the time of the Kennedy assassination and the years following.
After the wonderful introduction to Dallas from Ms. Smith, our guests were ready to see the sites! Their first stop was the George W. Bush Presidential Library. The students enjoyed the museum and learned a great deal about President Bush and this part of recent American history.
After the Bush Library, our guests were ready for a typical Dallas lunch so we went to Snuffer's for the best hamburgers and cheddar fries in Dallas!
Fortified for the afternoon, the students were ready to visit the 6th Floor museum, the museum dedicated to the legacy of JFK in the exact location where President Kennedy was assassinated. The girls were very curious about JFK and the important role of the Kennedy family in the USA.
What a wonderful day!!!!! Much love from Big D!