I can remember when my parents got divorced and my dad and I moved in with my stepmom. Being still very young and also very shy I felt that I wasn't really welcome in a lot of things with my new family. All of my older step siblings didn't really know how to entertain me very well so I was left to do a lot of things by myself. However, I did have, and still do have, a very strong connection with my youngest older brother.
That's good that you had that relationship with your brother. I bet that it really helped you through that time and made you feel more comfortable.
That's good that you have that connection with somebody in your family so they are there for you
I went to chile when I was in 6th grade and it was definitely a culture shock for me. I had never been out of the country before and at first I was very uncomfortable among the foreign languages and traditions. I felt out of place, like I didn't belong there. My biggest challenge was trying to talk to people because they spoke Spanish and we spoke English. After a few days I got used to it though and really enjoyed it.
I wouldn't be able to understand what they were saying either. I feel like Spanish speaking people talk to fast.
I would feel out of place too
Those are always the most awkward situations. When you can't understand each other.
The biggest change in culture I experienced is moving here from Boise. I had to learn new skills and try new things. I eventually learned how to build a fire and hunt. I felt like a black sheep here in Salmon. I have to say I like it here more than Boise, even though there are no malls.
I like how you made the analogy to a black sheep.
That's cool that you learned new things and it's interesting that Boise and salmon are so different even they are both relatively close together.
I'm really glad you like it here Devon. I know how different Salmon is from Boise.
When my family we went to Mexico there was a whole bunch of beggars with little kids. The main challenge that I faced was not giving all of them money, except for this one little kid that I gave quite a bit of money to....
I haven't been in a place with many beggars, but that would be different from Salmon.
That would be hard trying not to give all your money to the beggers
I feel likw that would be hard not giving small children money for food and stuff.
The only thing I can think of is when I went to high school. It made me feel depressed because everyone looked like they wanted to kill me,and there was more that 10 people in my class. A challenge was that it was really boring and that I had to actually talk to people.
Aw poor McClay 😂. You actually have to talk to people now. But I bet that it was a big change from Carmen.
I can relate. I felt the same way when I moved here. I guess I looked to city.
I remember when you came to the high school from the Carmen. I can't begin to imagine what it would have been like for you.
Yeah, I think all carmen kids can vouch for that. First day was pretty scary.
That is very hard when you have to do things that you're not used to and being around so many people at once can be really intimidating especially if you don't know them
I totally agree that the switch from carmen to high school was scary.
I felt the same, although, I was pretty excited to leave the Carmen school. Mr. Mentzer was kinda scary 😬
Yeah I feel like going from a class of 10 to 70 might be frightening and different.
Last summer my family went through jasper national park. It was really neat and fun except allll the tourists were asians. It really surprised me that I was in an english and French speaking country and I couldn't even understand what people were talking about.
I agree that its really surprising when you can't understand what people are saying.
I know what you mean. There were also a ton of Chinese in Europe too.
When I went to the Virgin Islands in 8th grade it was a totally different environment. They were so poor. When we would go around the islands we would see shantys. People were using cardboard boxes as tables. It made me feel bad because I realized I have a lot that I take advantage of. It was hard to understand the language too.
Experiences like that are always hard.
Makes you think.....
Experiences like that really make you grateful for what you have.
I was young and we moved a total of 7 times before we stayed here. It was really hard to meet new friends and when my parents had some time apart that was even harder because my dad wasn't around all the time and we had moved again.
When I went to D.C. my roommates I had at the conference were extremely different and weird. It was really hard to not miss my family at first because my roommates were so much different then the people I was used to. The one challenge I had was trying to talk to them about stuff without getting into awkward situations.... especially when the one girl would start eating her mashed up baby food😬😂
It was weird to see all the different people and how they acted differently
That would be really awkward
I went to D.C the summer before my 8th grade year and there were kids from all over the United States for the same conference I was at. And all of the different things they said or did made it weird at times but it was cool to see how different just the different states are.
It is weird how different states can be so different even though they are in the same country.
That was definitely a fun experience!
One time I went to Seattle and I was so nervous because little salmon to a massive city to me Seattle is quite frightening and trying to navigate Seattle proved to be quite difficult
I went to Seattle one time. Everyone compared Boise to Seattle like Salmon to Boise. Kinda funny really.
When ever I would go to Katherine's house, we would often go to Joshua Smith's because her mom worked there. It was really awkward there and we would just hang out in the back or in the office where the people didn't go. I was never around people with Down syndrome that much and you just never really know what they will do or say. I just had to learn to get over it.
I agree that it was awkward. Even though I've been there so many times it's still hard for it not to be awkward.
When we were at a family reunion every year we have theme and this themes was redneck and some of my family members were really drunk and they were very inappropriate and open to everything they said. I felt very uncomfortable. Being around different behaviors and being put in that different situation.
While I was in Europe, we were going up to the castle that is the basis of the Disney castle and my mom chose to take the carriage up to the top. I ran up to the castle so I wasn't with my mom at the time. Anyway, as my mom got into the carriage, she accidentally hit a Chinese guy's knees out. As the guy fell down, he slapped my mom on the thigh. My mom was in shock. After she had gotten to the top, she told me what happened and I about threw down with this dude. The only reason I didn't fight him was because I didn't want to get arrested in Germany.
Holy moly Jesse! I hadn't heard that story before!
When I went to Malaysia it was really different because there were so many different cultures there. The environment wasn't really uncomfortable but it was just really different. Like having to pay to go to the bathroom and seeing Muslim women with their hijabs and cultural clothing. Also seeing the different temples and hearing the Muslim prayers and it was all very different. It surprised me just seeing how different their lives were. Some challenges I faced were the fact that I couldn't speak to the people very easily.
I feel like when I went to LA it was like i was a sore thumb. Being from Salmon it's different than being in LA. I felt kind of lonely almost and completely out of place. A challenge i faced was not knowing what to do or anything and wandering around lost.
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