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Upcoming Field Trips

I have a lot of upcoming field trips! One is for art, another for GT, and also one for my religious youth group.

The nearest one is actually tomorrow, the GT opera trip. We will be going to the Long Center to view the opera Romeo and Juliet! From what I understand it will all be in French, so we have to read the words in English above the stage. I’ve never been to an opera before, so I’m actually pretty excited. After all, even if it gets really boring, (I’ve heard they sometimes can be) I still have many of my friends there with me! Have you ever been to an opera/ play? Which one?

The second one is actually on Valentine’s Day weekend. I had to make the tough decision of choosing between Youth Austin TedX or the annual WHPC Focus mission trip. I ended up choosing Focus, because my church is really important to me and it sounded like fun! From what I understand, Focus is a time for kids to get together for a weekend in the house of someone in their gender and age group. Then you have the chance to talk about God and do some fun things around Austin and in the church, including community service. I think it will be fun, especially because I get to do all this with my friends.

The last one is the 7th and 8th grade art field trip. This time we take a bus to Houston and go around to many different museums there, to learn about all different types of modern art. I’ve only been to one art museum in my life, and that was the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. It was a lot of fun and certainly very interesting, so I’m excited to do something similar again!

Taos/ Winter Vacation

Over the break, I went to Taos, New Mexico on a ski trip! I had some new experiences, some great, some not so much… What did you do over the break? Feel free to let me know in the comment section below!

At Taos, the skiing was amazing. One day I remember we got on the mountain especially early, and had fresh tracks on the powdery snow. It was so cool and just awesome to be gliding down a mountain of white cottony fluff!

However, some days it was also EXTREMELY cold. A couple of times, it was so frigid I went completely numb and couldn’t feel my fingers or toes! We used warmers in our gloves and boots, but sometimes they just didn’t help at all.

We did have a free day to explore the town of Taos! It’s an absolutely beautiful place, with high, majestic mountains as a background to this small, quiet area. We shopped around a bit and ate great food. One thing I noticed is that like many places in Texas, the Mexican culture greatly influenced houses, food, and decorations here.

My favorite place that we visited was basically a gigantic hole in the earth, called the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. The bridge is 565 feet deep, making it the seventh highest bridge in the US! It’s almost sickening to look down off of it, into a huge, rocky pit. The crazy thing is, the land around is totally flat, and then suddenly you find an extremely steep cliff!

Along with skiing, we had two emergencies. (Nothing can ever go smoothly in my family, as you may have noticed.) The first one had to do with my three year old brother, Magnus. When we weren’t watching him, he managed to swallow a whole quarter. Luckily, it never got stuck in his throat, and he is okay. Hopefully he learned never to put foreign objects in his mouth!

The second occurrence had to do with my sister Annika. Because Taos is so high up, (almost 13,000 feet in some places) and Texas is so low sea level wise, she had trouble adjusting to the change. Rule #1 when you are that high up is to stay totally hydrated, or you could suffer from different levels of altitude sickness. Luckily, hers wasn’t fatal or anything, but fairly mild compared to some other cases of it.

It started when at four a.m. she walked into my parents’ room crying and puking. We thought she had just eaten something bad, but when she could finally talk, she was speaking total gibberish. We were worried that because we were so high up, maybe not enough oxygen was getting into her body. (She has a pretty bad case of asthma.) On our way to the ER, we asked her questions, such as “Who are your best friends in Massachusetts? Who are your best friends in Texas?” For both she answered the same people, even though they didn’t live in Austin. Another question was “Where are we?” She stuttered for a moment, then said, “T-t-Tennessee.” It turns out altitude sickness can make you kind of crazy, in the same way that being intoxicated might.

Overall, besides all the drama, my vacation was pretty great! Oh well, with my family, nothing will ever be calm. 😉


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