Thursday, April 6, 2017

Texas Culture

There are many countries around the world famous for their large cities. For example, there is Paris, France, Rome, Italy, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Often capitals, the cities are usually large and vibrant. However, what really sets them apart from all of the other cities in the world is their unique culture. In Rome people are known to eat pasta and pizza, in Paris there are tourist attractions such as the Eiffel tower, and in Rio are the most beautiful beaches. Although large cities such as the ones listed above do hold many wonders, there is almost never a time to learn about other cultures. In this post, I will introduce you to Texas.

Texans are commonly thought of as Cowboys dressed in boots, shiny belts, and have guns in their pockets. That is not the case. Most Texans are like everyone else in America, and celebrate the same things as others. Texans are like everyone else except for when the rodeo comes to town. The rodeo is an exhibition of Cowboys. Every year men train to compete in the rodeo contests. Some well-known competitions are bull riding and barrel racing. Although many people come to see the Cowboys, there are other attractions.

Surrounding the stadium in which the Cowboy contests take place, there is a fair. As you walk through the fair you will see exciting rides and food stalls.  You will also see many pieces of clothing or decorative items made from livestock animals. Leather bags, shoes, cow skins, and wool blankets are very popular. Inside another building on the same campus are the animals. Farmers bring their biggest animals to be seen by a panel of judges. Whoever has the biggest animals wins!

After you walk around the fair, and have seen the cowboys, there is a concert. Many major artists such as Alicia Keys and The Chainsmokers come to Houston, Texas to perform. Country singers come as well. The concerts are astounding, and everyone finds themselves talking about them for weeks.

The Texas rodeo experience is something I truly thought I would never have. Though it was a surprise, I really enjoyed my time there. I would encourage anyone interested in Cowboys and Indians, farming, and music to come.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Wine Country



North America is a large continent with over nine million square miles of land. On this land, there are mountains, plains, rivers, animals, people, and many other living organisms. The continent is divided into fifty states. Some are cold, some warm, some flat, some mountainous; it depends on where you are. In this post, I will draw your attention to one specific state, the state of California, and will particularly focus on the wine country.
California, for the most part, is a hilly state. It depends on where you go, but it is famous for its beautiful coast with large hills rising all around. As you begin to drive into the hills you will start to notice vineyard. The beautiful landscapes on which the vineyards grow stretch out for miles, and every single one has a house nearby. Almost all of the buildings you see will offer wine tasting sessions.

The wine is made from the grapes that those people grow on their land, and the taste is unique to every house. If you like the wine they have to make, you can ask to order a certain amount of bottles a month. Every month you would receive a package with how ever many bottles you ordered for a year.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Spring Break Fun!

Spring break is a national American holiday. Typically, a week long, this holiday occurs in either March or April. It is the last long vacation before summer, and everyone is excited when it comes around. Due to the time of year, when people think of spring break they picture warm sunny days outside. During this holiday, families often take short trips to places they have never been before.

A popular spring destination is Los Angeles, California. There are many tourist activities spread across the city, but a particularly famous one is Universal Studios. People travel from all over the world to the city just to see the famous amusement park.  There are many rides that are designed around world renowned movies. Although the rides are known to attract people, the studio tours are also responsible for drawing people to the park. On the studio tour, everyone sits on a tram that takes you around frequently used movie sets. As you ride there is a guide at the front of the tram sharing interesting facts about the sets. The most common type of sets used are practical sets. Practical sets are physical sets that you can use for many different things. Some of the sets that are regularly used are streets of New York, London, and Paris.

When directors film a movie that contains complex concepts or figures, such as the gorilla King Kong, they use a computer-generated images or green screens. Towards the end of the studio tour, the tram goes into a dark trailer. Inside the trailer are computer generated images of the characters from Fast and Furious 7. The guide tells us that a dangerous killer is on the loose, and then, suddenly, they jump into their cars and speed down a highway. The film scenario was projected on the walls, and the tram jostled about so that it felt as if you were actually inside the movie.

Universal Studios is known worldwide for its amazing shows, tours, and rides. The park holds something for everyone, for the excitement of the place never dies down. I think that everyone should go at some point in their life and experience the positive energy of Hollywood's best movies.



Thursday, February 2, 2017

Superbowl

The super bowl has finally come to Texas! It has been exciting fans for years. The super bowl is an American tradition, and although it may be looked upon as uninteresting for the international population, Americans are buzzing with anxiety. Who will win? It is predicted that around 114 million people will be watching, either in their homes or at the stadium. Although many people's lives are enlivened by the game, there are many other social events that are brought to Houston as well.

There are multiple parties, concerts, and gathering that take place around the super bowl. Major artists travel and perform in the hosting city. For example, this year Bruno Mars, on February third, and Taylor Swift, on February fourth, are coming to Houston. Their concerts have been booked for months, and everyone is looking forward to them. These side events are, in part, what attract people to the city. The fairs, carnivals, concerts, and social events lure people from all over the world. It might even be said that they are, in part, what brings people overseas.

Houston has been cleaned, and prepared for the super bowl for almost a year. Planning, and organizational problems have, hopefully, been resolved, and everything is ready for the visitors. It is a great honor to host the super bowl in American culture, and Houston is ready to be the best host there has ever been.


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Thursday, January 26, 2017

The Harp

"So it's true he thought, it's really true."


The little boy was walking his dog in the woods. Wonderful green evergreens rose all around him, and the stream trickled along. The birds were chirping happily, and squirrels were scurrying about the trees.  The dog sniffed his surrounding relentlessly, so many new smells in the Spring. It was the perfect afternoon.

The boy sat down on a large rock by the river. He had some thinking to do. What would happen when she left. Susan, his wonderful big sister, was in love. She wanted to marry! Surely not, he had never seen the man. Or had he? She constantly talked about him, but did she really want to marry?  The boy bombarded himself with questions. He sat there, hands in his hair, confused. Everything was quiet until someone else entered the woods.

"Where are you taking me?" a girl asked. The boy recognized her voice. Susan. He ran through the trees until he reached a place where he could see the couple. It was her, and that man. Mark.
“Shhhh. Close your eyes,” said the Mark. Susan giggled. Mark placed his hands over her eyes so that she might not be able to peek through. “Almost there.” They clumsily stumbled about the rocks, wide smiles across their faces, until they came to the river bank. “Open.” She opened her eyes, and before her was a harp. She looked at him, bewildered. Mark sat on the round rock the harp was propped on, and began to play. It was a beautiful tune, and brought Susan to tears. She clapped vigorously,
“Well done!” she laughed. Mark walled towards her. An air of seriousness filled the air. The boy was scared. Was it true? Mark slowly knelt down by Susan’s feet, and pulled a ring out of his pocket.
“Susan, will you marry me?” She stood there in silence, surprised. It took her a moment to process what he had just said. Her dreams had come true.

            She leaped onto him.
            “Yes!” she exclaimed. It had happened. The boy stood there. What was to happen next?

Mark was taking the ring out of the box when a robin flew in-between them. The bird had swooped down so fast it made him lose his balance, and the ring went flying through the air. Plop. The ring fell into the river. Mark jumped in, desperately trying to retrieve the ring. The boy had seen enough, and left at the sight of the ripples Mark made in the water.






Thursday, January 12, 2017

New Year


                In the New Year, I would like to start playing the guitar.
                When I lived in London, my school used to have daily assemblies. During the assembly, people would present work they were proud of, or play a musical instrument. When I heard people playing the guitar they always seemed more relaxed, and as if they enjoyed playing it. This caught my attention, and I became more intrigued by the instrument. At ten years old I received one of my own.
                 The guitar also came with a book, so that I could teach myself, and all the necessary equipment. I was so happy and could not wait to start. Later that week I did, and I loved it! It was soothing and calming. However, I could not find the time to fit it into my schedule. A few weeks passed, and I had not been playing the instrument as often as I had hoped.
               I would like to start this year because the guitar is an instrument that you can paly throughout your life. There are many famous, long-lasting artists who have built a career on making music with this instrument, and there are many individuals I know who have played this instrument for years and loved it. You can do many different things with it, such as playing and singing, and it is something I will be able to do my entire life. I will be able to share it with my friends and family, and hopefully bring joy to them all. My time management skills have developed, and I am sure that I will be able to fit in at least an hour a week.This is what I would like to do this New Year.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Holidays


As the first semester draws slowly to an end, holiday traditions start to creep out. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, there is much to celebrate, and generous amounts of time to spend with family and friends. Traditions vary from country to country, state to state, and even from household to household. Many people do not celebrate Thanksgiving nor Christmas, but rather Hanukah, Diwali, or Kwanzaa. There is also New Years' Eve, and Chinese New Year.

Most holidays were founded on either the celebration of our ancestors, or showing gratitude for their actions. Many people across the globe think of Christmas as a holiday where you exchange gifts, tell stories about Santa Claus, and have a large meal with family and friends. However, Christmas has a great importance to Christians, and has a deeper meaning to along with it. This is true with many other religious holidays.

There are multiple religions in the world. I will talk about three that are the most popular around the world : Christianity, Hinduism, and Islam. Christians celebrate Christmas. They celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, their savior. Traditionally a Christian family would go to Church on Christmas Eve, and listen to a special mass unique to that day. Christmas Eve is on December 24th, and Christmas Day is December 25th.  Hindus celebrate Diwali. Diwali is a five-day festival often called The Festival of Lights. It celebrated the victory of good over evil, light over dark. This usually takes place in October, or November. In 2016 it took place on the week of October 20th. Muslims do not celebrate Christmas or Diwali because it goes against their beliefs. They do not have a holiday of religious importance in this particular season, but they do have one in the summer. It is called Ramadan. The specific time of this holiday varies as it is based on the Islamic calendar. It is meant to celebrate the month when the Prophet Mohammed received the disclosure on which the Muslim Holy Book is founded upon. The Muslims would fast during this month because they believe if they do so their soul will be purified, and this would show respect to the Prophet.

As you have read holidays bring many new and contrasting traditions worldwide, and can symbolize many different things. In my opinion, it is important to learn about them all not only for interest but also so that we can understand one another as people.

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