Work and Travelers See the World!
By: Xinlei Gai and Yang Liu, 2017 Greenheart Exchange Work and Travel participants
Don’t you want to see the different parts of the world? Don’t you want to experience all the fun and all the stars in America? Let me show you our life in this amazing country. This was our life in America!
PART 1. WORK
Our host organization, where we started our first job, was at a hotel. It was a very rural area surrounded by the beautiful Redwood Forest.
We lived in cabins where there were many kinds of furniture. We usually cooked some Chinese food after work with limited and expensive ingredients.
Our colleagues were enthusiastic and very easy‐going. More than colleagues, we became good friends and we always hung out together after work
. 我的同事们都很热情且好相处。我们不仅是同事，也是非常好的朋友，经常会在工作之余一 起出去玩。
Some adorable guys made a board with a motivational message. We still don’t know who did this, but we chose to keep it like that so that we would be full of energy when we saw it.
Working as a housekeeper was tiring, but full of fun. Every time I saw the bed I made, I was very proud of myself, from the bottom of my heart. And sometimes, other than tips, we might also find a surprise.
Once we had adjusted to living here, we couldn’t wait to find a second job! Fortunately, we arranged it by working in a deli department at a supermarket. My main job there was to make sandwiches and sell baked goods. It was interesting, but also a challenge for me to remember the names of all of the different foods. I’m still working on it.
当我们渐渐习惯了这里的生活，就迫不及待的开始寻找第二份工作了。幸运的是，我们成功 在超市的熟食部门找到了工作。我在那里主要负责制作三明治和售卖熟食。记忆各种各样熟 食的名字虽然有趣，但对我来说也是一个挑战。我现在还在不断的努力。
PART 2. AMUSEMENT
One of the advantages of working in a hotel was that we had some nice benefits, such as staff meals and we had a big swimming pool that we could use. Swimming became one of our favorite pastimes in the hot summer.
It’s worth mentioning that we had a lot of fun on July 4th. To celebrate Independence Day, there were American flag style decorations everywhere. On that day, we hung the Chinese flag, which our teachers had given us, in front of the door. We are very proud that we are Chinese!
值得一提的是 7 月 1 日这天我们过得很开心。为了庆祝美国独立日，到处都挂满了美国国旗
At night, there was an amazing fireworks show. We lay on the grass watching the fireworks and celebrated the holiday with Americans. This was a precious and unforgettable memory. 到了晚上，这里有一场盛大的烟花表演。我们躺在草地上看烟花，和美国人共同庆祝他们的 节日。这是一段珍贵且难忘的回忆。
On one of our days off, our warm-hearted supervisor took us to see the rodeo, which is a symbol of American culture. It was exciting to see the cowboys show their skills, and it was an awesome chance for us to taste original American style snacks like corn dogs. I still remember that it was really cold at night. We didn’t take enough clothes to keep warm, so our supervisor gave us his only blanket; this left me deeply moved by his kindness.
展示各自的骑行技巧十分激动人心。除此之外，这还是一个品尝类似于玉米热狗之类的正宗 美国小吃的宝贵机会。我依然记得，那天晚上非常冷，我们没有带足够多的衣服保暖，我们 的经理就把他带来的唯一一个毯子给了我们。这真的让我深受感动。
Further, I had an unforgettable 20th birthday in America! I received birthday blessings in many languages, which was really interesting. I also got a birthday card from my managers. Each of them wrote down their birthday blessing and then signed it, including the president of the hotel. This was the best birthday gifts I ever received!
而且，我还在美国度过了一个难忘的 20 岁生日。生日当天我收到了来自各种语言的生日祝
福，有趣极了。不仅如此，我还收到了一张经理们送给我的生日卡片。他们每个人都在上面 写下了对我的生日祝福并且签了名，其中还包括酒店的董事长。这是我收到过的最棒的生日 礼物。
PART 2. TO BE CONTINUED
Now that the summer is over, life goes on. I believe that we will have more wonderful experiences in the future. Join us, and you will too. 现在，生活还在继续。我始终相信我们还会有更多精彩的经历。快加入我们吧，你也会有的！
Xinlei Gai & Yang Liu
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