Wednesday, September 17, 2008


In Thailand, I also enjoyed shopping of course. I like Thailand because everything is cheap. Especially, I like Night Bazaars. Those are held at every night. There are many shops along a street, and sell clothes, accessories, and foods. Everything was so cheap from the first time, but we negotiated with a shop assistant and let them cheap further. It's fun to compete with friends that who is the best negotiator. A red skirt I am wearing is only 160 bahts (around 5 dollars). It's very cheap, isn't it? If you have an opportunity to go to Thailand, I absolutely recommend you to go to Night Bazaars! I know all AGU members love shopping, so I'm sure you will come to like there!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

I'm home!

BubbleShare: Share photos - Create and Share Crafts

As I said before, I went to Thailand for two weeks and built a house. It is organised by Habitat for Humanity (maybe it's famouse in America, but not in Japan). We piled up bricks and made a house. It was hot in Thailand and work was hard, but I enjoyed myself. That experience gave me a new sense of value. I didn't understand a lunguage at all, but I could communicate with a Thai. I was moved that a homeowner seemed to cry when the house was completed. It was great experience for me, and I want to attend Habitat for Humanity's project again!

I also enjoyed the other things. The city where we visited is Korat(third largest city in Thailand). We visited the remains, interacted with students, went to Pattaya beach, learned a Thai massage, saw a gay show, and more... I love culture of Thailand! I want to go there again!!!

P.S. I introduce you basic greetings in Thailand.
Hello→Sawadiika(woman) Sawadiikap(man)
Thank you→Koppenka(woman) Koppenkap(man)

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

To Thailand

From tomorrow, I go to Thailand with my circle members. I am joining a volunteer circle which build houses for poor people. It's the first time to go to the Southeast Asia, so I'm very excited! I want to feel and learn something new.

I will come back home on September 10th. When I come back, I will write my experience here.

This photo is members whom I go with.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

I miss you

After long-long flight, I arrived at my house yesterday. Because I was very tired, I went to bed quickly. I awoke, so I am writing a new post.

My experience in America was awesome!! Everything was so great that I can’t choose what is the best! I appreciate Nina, Heather, Nikki, Mike, Joe, and AGU members. I could have very good time with you. I miss you all!>< I will stay in touch with you with e-mails, blog, and chat!!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

We are MPP!

Yesterday, Sanae, Sae, Kei, and I eat Indian Curry for dinner. That was the most delicious food I ate in America! Afterward, we went to an amusement area, and Kei, Sae, and I did a putter game. There were many obstacles and it was very difficult (for me at least). So we tried to decide who MPP is. MPP means Most Poor Player. (LOL) The result was Sae was MPP, but everyone was not good at golf at all. I dropped the ball into a pond more than three times, and Sae lost the ball during the game. That was so funny that we enjoyed playing a putter very much!!!

I'm happy that Heather gave me a letter and present. Thank you, Heather!!!! I don't wanna go back to Japan...>< However, I'll keep in touch with you!!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Potbelly again

Yesterday, lunch was on our own, so we went to Potbelly again, and we ate sandwiches on the grass. The weather was nice it was pleasant. Then we drank bubble tea. The tea was not too sweet and it was delicious. In the afternoon, we went to the Capital Building. There were many beautiful sculptures and paintings, and it was like a museum. Then we saw the White House. I got very tired because we walked around so much. We ate the Middle East food for dinner. I ate pita and it was good. After going buck to the hotel, I talked with Joe’s friends for a while. The girl’s name is Sachi. I was happy to meet the same name as me for the first time in my life!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Nikki's house

Yesterday, we went to Nikki’s house. It was awesome!!! Her house was big and there were so much amusement. Especially, Kei, Sae, Ryohei, and I enjoyed playing pinball very much. Moreover, I got a highest score! I want to do that again. Food was also great. It was the first time for me to eat chocolate fondue, and I liked it. Nikki’s parents were kind and interesting. I didn’t want to go back to hotel. I want to live the house like there someday.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Nice Weekend

On Thursday, we went to Inter-American Development Bank and members of the staff told us what that is. I didn’t know that Spanish is so important, and I thought they are great because they can speak many different languages. I felt that there are many diverse people in America all over again.

On Friday, we went to Baltimore. First, we went to the American Visionary Art Museum. Usually, I’m not interested in art so much, but I really took to that museum. There were many cheap, cute goods, and I bought some souvenirs. Masahiro bought a strange baby doll (dolls?), and it was funny. At night, we watched a baseball game. I enjoyed the game very much. I cheered for the Orioles. It was great that the Orioles won. After the game, there were fireworks. I thought the fireworks in America are a little different from those in Japan, but they were quite beautiful!

On Saturday, we went to the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Gallery of Art. There were so many attractive works that I couldn’t see all of them. After returning to College Park, we played volleyball. But I’m not good at sports, so it was not very fun but okay. We ate dinner at Potbelly. It was the third time for me to eat there, but I don’t get tired of them. ^ ^ After the dinner, I drank smoothie at the Smoothie King with Kyoko. I t was tasty but huge, so I will share with someone when I drink it next.

On Sunday, we went to the National museum of Natural History. I saw the jewelry, and that was really beautiful. My favorite part was photographs of animals. Kei and I saw them and became calm. Afterward, we went to the top of the Washington Monument. The view was great. Then we went to the Lincoln Memorial. I had heard that Lincoln’s face from the front and the side is different, and that was true. I thought the face from the side is gentler.

Today is August 11. Time has passed so fast! Everything in America is fun, and I don’t want to go home! I will enjoy myself the rest days here!

Thursday, August 7, 2008

The Newseum and billiards

Yesterday, we went to the Newseum. The most impressive part for me was 9/11. I saw the video and that was really shocking. Afterward, we walked around the Chinatown. There went into a Chinese shop and there was much interesting and funny stuff. Everyone was tired, so we took a rest in a fountain open space. Then, we went to the Japanese restaurant and enjoyed talking. I ate chicken bento. The rice was so delicious. Every student said Mike is really cool! I was surprised that Mike hasn’t had a girlfriend! At night, we played billiards. It was the first time that I play them and I couldn’t do well, but it was so fun that I want to play them again.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

5th day

We had two classes in the morning, and we ate lunch with Dr. Hallion. I share ice cream and a sandwich with Kyoko and Misa. The ice cream was too big and sweet. In the afternoon, there was a Dr. Hallion’s class. She told us a history of America. I studied world history when I was in high school, so I could understand what she was saying. In the evening, we went to the fashion center. Shania and Joe’s two friends also came with us. When I talked with Shania on the metro, I thought her and my liking is similar. Shania took us to cheaper, cute shops. I bought a dress, cosmetics, and accessories. It was fun and I was satisfied very much. On the return to the College Park, I laughed a lot, because Sahori was funny and made me laugh!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Interaction with American students

We had exchanges with American students who are studying Japanese. Ayumi and my partners are two guys. We ate lunch together and talked to each other. One guy is very good at Japanese. He lived in Japan for 4 years and he knows about Japan more than me! He likes sky diving, bungee jumping, and motor bikes. It seemed that he is dangerous a little, but he is very kind. I sat on his bike and took a picture. That was cool! The other guy is Chinese. His Japanese is so-so. He had a guitar, but he said he used to play the guitar. He was very shy, but gradually I could come to talk with him. I had a great time with them, and that was a good experience for me.

In the afternoon, AGU members and mentors went to the Kennedy Center and listened to jazz concert. I love music, so I enjoyed the concert very much. After the concert, I took a picture with a singer. She said she lived in Yokosuka, Japan! Surprisingly, a woman who works at the Kennedy Center lived in Yokohama, Japan, and the nearest stations where she lived and where I live are the next stations to each other!!

For dinner, we ate sushi. That was expensive, but tastes good. I ate California roll for the first time, and I like it. It seems a lit bit strange that I ate Japanese food in America.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Alexandria and Georgetown

Yesterday, we went to Alexandria by metro first. In Alexandria, we walked around and saw many antique shops, churches, George Washington’s house, etc. I enjoyed myself very much because I like the old town’s view. I ate seafood for lunch and ice cream for dessert with Joe and some of my friends. Then we rode on boat and went to Georgetown. I went shopping with Kyoko there. I wanted to buy some clothes, jewelry, souvenirs, etc, but the things were so expensive that I could buy almost nothing. So when we go to a shopping mall, I will buy more! Because I walked and walked too much and got tired, I and some friends took a rest with Nikki. We sat down on the grass and enjoyed playing card games like Crazy Eights and Wink Killers. After that, we ate Mexican food. It was the first time to eat Mexican for me. It was too spicy, but tastes great! Yesterday was a wonderful day. But I was very tired, I went to bed quickly as soon as arriving at the hotel.

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Arrival in America

Hi, I’m Sachi. I came to America with my university students yesterday!

After 12hours flight, we arrived in Washington, DC. Because of long flight, I was tired, but I could sleep well last night, I feel good now. I’m very excited to spend time here with my friends and mentors for two weeks from now. I can’t wait to look at the famous things in Washington, DC like the White House, the museums, or the monuments at closer later.

Through this trip, I hope I will progress my English skill, and I want to look at American culture, touch it, and feel it! I’m sure I can make this summer vacation great and precious!