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Geneva Varga

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Chicago Trip 中文 Journal

3月23日我的家人会去芝加哥一个星期, 因为我爸爸要去那里开会。芝加哥星期五的天气应该很不错,但是可能会下雨和刮风。我家人非常高兴,因为我和弟弟没有去过芝加哥。

23日是星期四,我爸爸工作回家以后,我们坐车去Portland。星期五, 爸爸的好朋友带了我们去Portland的机场以后,我们一起坐三小时半飞机去芝加哥。我们两点十五分到了芝加哥。星期五我家人在“Shake Shack”吃晚饭, 我吃了汉堡和薯条。爸爸说:“明天晚上我们会吃有名的芝加哥披萨。我也想吃烤肉。”

周六我爸爸要去开会,妈妈弟弟和我参观了芝加哥博物馆。可惜很多人也参观美术博物馆,因为周六的天气非常冷。美术博物馆里有我最喜欢的艺术家Jackson Pollock的一件艺术品。爸爸回家了以后,我家人在Lou Malnati’s Pizza吃了晚饭。我们一起 吃了有名的芝加哥披萨,非常好吃。


星期天天气不好,下大雨,刮风,非常冷。妈妈弟弟和我在Yolk吃了早饭以后,我们参观了Field 博物馆。我买了很漂亮的耳环,它们是小蛇耳环。和纽约市比起来,我更喜欢芝加哥。因为芝加
哥非常漂亮。我也更喜欢芝加哥的美术博物馆

East Coast Trip Journal

This last September, we traveled to the East Coast as a family vacation. Despite it being a vacation, we were still learning as we visited a lot of historical sites and buildings, along with monuments or memorials of important events and people. My Mandarin teacher assigned me the project to create a paragraph on 3 different cities that we visited. I choose the 3 cities that we spent the longest time in, those being Boston, New York City, and Washington, DC. We also briefly spent time in Philadelphia and Gettysburg.

The requirements for the homework was to have at least 150 characters for each entry. I went over this threshold as I wanted to include a lot of what we did and some of my thoughts. The editing process with 老师 lasted 3 classes, or hours depending on how you desire to look at it.

今年9月我家人一起过了假期,9月13日-27日。我的生日也在假期中。在我们出发以前, 我们一起做了计划.因为我们有不同的爱好,所以我们想看不同的东西. 我想去很多图书馆, 和艺术博物馆. 爸爸和杰杰都想去看相似的东西. 妈妈想看博物馆和古迹. 所以, 我们的计划里有一些博物馆, 图书馆和古迹. 每次我看到可爱的东西,我画画。转眼我们的假期到了。

 

Boston, MA
Buildings @ Boston

我们早上6点到了Boston的旅馆。天气很暖和,70度。我们都想在床上睡觉,但是我们想要参观很多受欢迎的古迹。开始我们散步看见了几栋漂亮的房子,然后我们去比萨餐馆吃可口的晚饭。我们散步后,我见到了一个中国人。我们一起练习了说中文,但是她问了我很多问题,比如说:我怎么学习外语我和这个中国人说了再见以后, 我们去了一些艺术博物馆,我最喜欢的是做纸张。
Making paper上个周六我们一起坐火车去了New York City,在火车上, 我一边读书,一边听音乐。我和妈妈都觉得“The One and Only Ivan”是很好的书, 书里面的动物们非常的可爱。

 

 

New York City, NY

9月16日, 我们在一个小中餐厅吃了晚饭,大家说:“非常好吃,我希望我们会有机会再吃西安名饭”。

img_0196上个生日, 我生病了,所以我不高兴。下午我们去了“Metropolitan Museum of Art”,在艺术博馆我们玩了游戏。去年我去了很给力的美术博物馆叫“Peggy Guggenheim Museum”,所以我希望“Solomon R.
Guggenheim Museum” 也给力,可惜”Solomon”博物馆没有很多艺术作品。

晚上我们去了很好吃餐馆叫“Benjamin’s Steak House“。因为我不很饿,我选择汤叫”法国洋葱汤“,所以我非常满意。我最喜欢吃法国洋葱汤,我觉得法国洋葱汤非常可口。

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Washington, DC

9月22日下午, 我们到了Washington,DC。我们参观了Washington6天,从9月22日—27日。我们的旅馆不太远, 叫“National Mall”, 但是“National Mall”又长又大,所以每天我们走6-7英里。星期五早上我们看了非常大的图书馆,妈妈和我都觉得“Library of Congress”既漂亮又安静。

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我喜欢Washington的地铁,因为地铁站里面很冷, 很舒服。Washington地铁比New York地铁好多了。我最喜欢去Holocaust博物馆,因为我觉得“World War II”很有趣。我常常读World War II书。Peggy Guggenheim买了很多艺术作品,因为她觉得Nazi会破坏很漂亮的艺术作品。我们也去了一些“Smithsonian”博物馆,“White House”, “Senate Building”,和“Arlington National Cemetery”。星期一晚上, 我家人和很好的朋友去了非常可口的秘鲁餐厅。

The Malala Experience

We had first briefly learned about Malala Yousafzai and what she stood for when she was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. The news having spread throughout the world with social media and the global news stations. Other than that small information about her I didn’t know much about her, until we listened to her book in preparation for going to her talk in Portland.

She continued to fight for what she believed in, even when facing a threat of death. She prevailed past an injury that certainly would have killed her if she had not received the necessary treatment at the right time. Malala showed bravery and strength in the face of terror and continues fighting for what she believes. Malala is fighting for the right that every child has the ability to go to school for 12 years of primary and secondary education. This is what makes her one of my role models.

“We realize the importance of our voices only when we are silenced.” — Malala Yousafzai

The occasion to see Malala Yousafzai first came to us in May, we immediately purchased tickets after giving it little thought, already aware that it would provide a wonderful learning experience. I was not disappointed, for what she spoke about was truly inspiring.

She spoke about the fact that not only did women need to stand up for girls’ education, but also the men. For we need to work together for there to be change that lasts generations past our own.

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Photography by Southbank Centre [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

When Malala talked about her family, she was an ordinary girl. She reminded me of myself when I think of my family, I could almost see into her soul as she remembered brief interactions between herself and her family. Malala’s eyes lit up as she described how her mother is the strict parent while her father the fun one. The realization that she, like most teenagers, hates having to get up early in the morning to go to school resonated with me.

The fact that when she auditioned to be the Head Girl at the high school that she attends she did not win, shows that everyone can still lose even after accomplishing a great deed. She is the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, yet she did not mention this in her application, wanting to focus only on her academic achievements.  She told us that the girl that did win, “is very nice and can do everything.” Instead, Malala was awarded the Deputy Head Girl, which she gladly accepted. This made me happy to know that the people who are receiving these great awards can still be humble. She spoke about her classmate the same respect as she spoke about our president.

The one topic that struck me like a bolt of lightning was the fact that what these girls want most is the opportunity and freedom to willingly go to school and to learn. They are all aware that the only way to create a better life for themselves is to have a good education which will provide them with opportunities to find a good job, good pay, and be treated equally. They dream to have a pile of textbooks and a stack of homework to study and work through in the evening.

In contrast, every child with the privilege to go to school is stressing over whether they will get that brand new toy that they saw advertised on TV or a laptop on Christmas. To have a place to learn should be treasured, no matter what country you reside. In America and other more developed countries, going to school is always put on the back-burner and seen as a necessary evil and is regarded as burdensome.

Malala Yousafzai has inspired me to speak up for what I believe in. Immediately after the talk, I signed up for The Malala Fund. In the future, I plan on sharing what I think needs to be changed and then acting upon what I want changed.

The Piano Guys + Crater Lake

We traveled to see The Piano Guys in concert at The Brit Festival in Jacksonville and then camped near Crater Lake for the rest of the weekend. Going to Crater Lake and in-turn Wizard Island was on each of our Bucket Lists since forever and it finally happened. I took more than necessary amount of pictures and filled a couple of pages in my sketchbook.

We were lucky enough to obtain front row tickets to The Piano Guys concert. We had seen them perform once before and we were fully aware that it would be a blast. The very last song they played was an exclusive of their new song titled “It’s Gonna Be Okay”. At first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like the song, but it immediately became my favorite song by them after only hearing a few beats.

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By far the most shocking was when we got that first look at Crater Lake. The pigmentation of the water was unbelievable, if I was going to name the color “True Blue” would still not express how blue it was.

It was very hot and after hiking down the water, to the summit of Wizard Island, and back down to the water, I was parched. I wasted no time jumping into the lake – it was very cold but so refreshing.

 

 

Bergen, Norway – Watercolor

Bergen, Norway

Bergen, Norway — 19 July 2016

Watercolor

Based on a photograph found on the internet

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