Diving into American Culture

Touring San Francisco and enjoying California

STEP 3 students started off their week with a bus tour of San Francisco, which included stops at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park, Haight/Ashbury, Alamo Park, and Golden Gate Bridge, but they were most excited when we pulled up at Ocean Beach. Despite the fact that it was a chilly, overcast day and that you rarely find anyone swimming in San Francisco beaches, all of the students were willing to put their feet into the waves. Two brave young men, Paul and Ignacio, decided to dive right in… in their underwear!

The following day, we got some sun at the beach in Santa Cruz and spent the evening riding the roller coasters overlooking the beautiful beach.

Fun exploring Fisherman’s Wharf

The students went on a wonderful tour of the TCHO chocolate factory that included tastings of their delicious treats. We also had some good laughs as we all had to walk around the factory in hairnets (take a look at Ander and Josu below!). After our tour, we headed out to the Musee Mechanique to explore the historical and functional arcade machines. The girls enjoyed learning what their future had in store for them according to the old Fortune Teller machines. We walked through Fisherman’s wharf and saw giant alligator-shaped bread being made a Boudin, bought souvenirs, and saw many interesting street performers.

– Ashley Falke, Local Leader, STEP 3 2012

Welcome to California, STEP 3

Greetings from Local Leader, Ashley

Hello, my name is Ashley Falke. This is my first year as a group leader for Edu-Culture International. I am so excited to spend the summer with your students from Spain! We have been off to a really great start. I’ll be updating this blog with photos and news about our adventures in San Francisco.

I took my first big trip abroad when I was 19 and spent the entire summer studying the Italian language and culture in Sienna, Italy. After graduating from University of California Santa Barbara with a degree in Psychology, I traveled over the course of a year to New Zealand, Australia and Southeast Asia.

I moved to the bay area 3 years ago for a School Psychology graduate program. I could not be more excited to participate in this immersion program, which will enable me to learn more about Spanish culture while also showing the students our culture here in America.

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– Ashley Falke, Local Leader, STEP 3 2012