Exploring South Dakota
Summer Work Travel Ambassador Scholar, Kenan Kunc, remembers some of his favorite moments during the summer he spent in Custer, South Dakota.
By: Kenan Kunc, Summer 2015 Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar
I am living at Legion Lake Lodge in Custer, South Dakota. It’s a very small town. There’s lots to do here. I like to go hiking, canoeing and kayaking. Sometimes when I want to relax I go to the main deck at Legion Lake Lodge, and look out at the beautiful view.
I also love to talk with my colleagues who are on the Service team. The Service Team consists of staff who work in the kitchen or at front desk. I recently started working in the kitchen, so if I ever get hungry I can eat whatever is in the kitchen!
I think it’s interesting that everyone eats pre-made food in the United States. I don’t understand this. In Turkey we almost always eat homemade food. I also find it interesting that eggs are sold in a plastic carton here. We don’t eat any kinds of pork in Turkey, so when I arrived in the U.S. I was surprised to see that everyone seems to eat lots of it – especially bacon!
The biggest difference that I noticed was that everyone in the U.S. obeys the traffic laws and follows the speed limit. In Turkey, people really don’t care about the traffic rules.
Sometimes we go into town, but since I’m only in the United States for a limited time, I try to do other fun activities outside that I couldn’t do at home. Recently, I went to Mount Rushmore with my American friend, Sami, and some other Turkish friends. This place is so beautiful. It is a mountain with the faces of four American Presidents carved into the side of it. It was so interesting to be able to see it in person. I can’t imagine how hard it was to carve!
Visiting Mount Rushmore was my first travel experience within the U.S., so I will remember it forever.
I’m always on the internet at home, but at Custer I have to go to the Lodge to connect to the Wifi. As I write this blog, it’s difficult to do without the internet! If I have free time I like to browse on eBay. I love to shop – but who doesn’t? At the end of the day, I usually go back home and watch movies and play video games with my friends.
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