This weekend we participated in a special annual boat race held every year in Starbuck, a small town near Morris. With Ocean keeping a steady rhythm for us on a giant drum at the front of the boat, we rowed together for two races, competing against local teams. We didn't win the race, but we had a great time!
After our day in Starbuck, we stayed in Morris on Sunday and went to the Stevens County Fair. We've been learning about Minnesota culture throughout the program in an elective on culture and cooking taught by Nancy, and the fair gave us an even better taste of the customs of people who live in and around Morris. We had a chance to see some of the area farm animals up close and experience the rides, games, and food that American county fairs are known for. And thanks to the new cowboy hat that he bought at one of the fair's many booths, Raymond even looks like a true rural Minnesotan!
In addition, this weekend was the first we spent with all the other international students as well, rather than just STELLAR; the other SUFE arrivals were very excited, I'm sure, to have such a warm welcome from their STELLAR classmates. It's great to have the campus bustling again with the other international students, and it will be even more lively come Sunday when the incoming American freshmen arrive!
在周日我们参加了morris的嘉年华活动。 在过去的时间中，通过stellar我们已经学习了明尼苏达州的文化，Nancy还教了我们怎么做明尼苏达的特色食物。 这次嘉年华给了我们一个更好的机会去近距离了解当地人民的生活习俗。我们看到了许多当地牧场的动物，还骑了马，玩了很多小游戏，品尝各种美国嘉年华中特色食物。 嘿嘿～拜一个从诸多嘉年华摊位中的其中一个摊位上买来的新的牛仔帽，Raymond看起来就像是一个真正的来自明州草原的牛仔！