When coming to the United States, live like a local
By: Tomas Hunacek, Summer 2015 Work and Travel Ambassador Scholar
During my time in United States of America, I did not have much time to travel, but I did get to explore all of Myrtle Beach. I also spent one week at a conference in Washington D.C. In this blog post I will tell you what I experienced and share some moments in pictures. So go ahead and enjoy!
I spent a week in the capital of the United States. I saw a lot. I’m super glad I went there. We visited a theater and traveled by local transportation to get there. By doing this, I got to experience what life feels like for the locals in D.C. I can definitely imagine living there. The streets were clean and the environment was very friendly.
During the Greenheart Global Leaders Conference it was truly a pleasure to present our ideas, not only in front of our new friends, but also in front of some important people from Washington D. C. My friends and I also got to attend a few talks. This experience was unforgettable and enriching!
I worked for a bank for a while so it was great to get a photo in front of the World Bank in D.C. Not only did I take a photo outside of the bank, but we were also invited inside! A few representatives from the bank explained to us the work that the World Bank does. I learned so many interesting facts! Moreover, my friends from home did not believe me when I told them where I had been, so when I showed them the photos I took, they were amazed.
Another great thing that happened: seeing a real baseball game in a big stadium for free. No way! It was such an amazing experience seeing a live game. It was even better that I got to see it with a great group of friends. We also received food vouchers, so I also had great food.
On our last day of the conference we were free to explore Washington D.C. on our own. With so little time, it is surprising how many places I visited. I saw many museums and a few important places in the area. I need to mention that museums there were the best I have ever seen; so many details. You can’t imagine it until you have been there. I fell in love with a store called Marshalls, so I had to visit their shop when I was in D. C.
Nowadays I’m in Hong Kong. It was a nice experience to see Chinatown in D. C. This prepared me for my trip to China. I tried a few restaurants there, and I definitely approved of the quality of food. If you have some time and are visiting Washington D.C., I recommend you visit Chinatown. Go see the big gate and try some Chinese food. There was even a restaurant which had a Chinese menu written in Mandarin.
I spent the majority of my time in the United States working in Myrtle Beach for the summer. I tried to make the most of my free time. Being on Jet Ski was a breathtaking experience. I’m so glad I got to do it. I would like to do it again, and again, yet it’s not really cheap despite the fact that I received a 50% discount from my employer. If I could recommend one thing to do when you are near the ocean: go Jet Skiing!
I’m not really interested in cars, but if I could select one type of car that is my favorite it would be a muscle car. Guess what kind of museum was in Myrtle Beach? A museum of muscle cars! I saw it and it was amazing. Not only did I get to see lots of cars, but the wife of the owner of the museum gave me a free guided tour!
This aquarium is the most visited attraction in Myrtle Beach; there is no doubt why that is. I got to see about 30 sharks there.
Most of my time was spent on the beach. It was always great to do crazy stuff there! I also met the most amazing people there. People in the United States were always friendly to me and my friends. I wish people were like that in all places of the world.
After all the American food, I need to admit that I’m glad I kept my figure. I tried almost everything I could from burgers at McDonalds, Wendy’s and Burger King, to tacos at Taco Bell and sandwiches at Subway. If you want to experience the culture of a nation, you should not forget about food – even if it is so unhealthy. That is all part of living like a local!
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