An Alternate Universe
I have learned that more foreigners than Americans are interested in our nation’s capitol.
I have learned that the more expensive the hotel the more disappointing the stay. We are staying at the Hilton. Beautiful upon entry. We found ourselves thinking “we are indeed out of our element!” $13 a day internet usage charge, crappy food, very small beds and few amenities. We might have glass elevators and room service here but the average HoJo makes a more pleasant hotel experience.
We learned from Apdi that we are ‘very unusual Americans’ to homeschool our 6 children yet not be Mormon, Catholic, or Muslim. Apdi is from Somalia, and was our cabbie a number of times. He homeschools the two oldest of his 5 children. His boy came home saying “yo, yo” and Apdi was smart enough to say “no more public school for you!”. On that note, we have also learned that even though our traditions and cultures may be extremely different we do share the same desire to do what is best for our families.
We have learned that Tyson’s Galleria Mall is not a place for the redneck people we are – we actually had to get up and leave while eating dinner at The Cheesecake Factory because the neighboring group had a few too many loud, posh flamers discussing their private activities. We didn’t go into a single store at the Galleria aside from the restaurant. I was afraid some of our ‘Old Navy’ might rub off on some ‘Saks Fifth Avenue’ or ‘Neiman Marcus’. We met another couple here for the same reason we were and they made the same mistake in going to the Galleria mall, too. She picked up a dress in one store saying how nice it was and her husband, after looking at the price tag, said “You are touching a $1600 dress. Get your hand off of it.”
We have learned that you must sit down or hold on quickly when boarding a subway train or city bus. And most importantly, we have learned the the 427 bus is NOT the same as the 425 bus.
This has been a surprisingly educational experience.
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