STEP 1 students in California

Meeting local police, dance class, and playing baseball

Our first morning together in California took us to the Danville Police Department.  The officers gave us a full tour of the station, including a turn in the back seat of the police car.

On our second morning in California, we climbed on board a commuter train in sunny Walnut Creek, and got off in a typical, beautiful San Francisco foggy day.  We hiked to a neighborhood dance studio where we were challenged to a high energy hip-hop dance class.  We each dropped our hats a few times.  

Learning baseball abroad

Many of the American host families joined us for a morning of baseball. After some batting practice and running the bases, we played a game together.  Here is Eukene at bat.  You can see the ball in the air in front of her. Next week when we go to see the Oakland A’s play the Texas Rangers, we’ll have a much better appreciation of the game.

Exploring San Francisco

The famous song about San Francisco, sung by Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, inspired a series of sculptures in the city.  Here are a few of the girls posing in front of the Union Square sculpture. I think many of them are falling in love with San Francisco already! One of our walks through San Francisco brought us to Chinatown, the largest in the world (outside of China of course.) Here, Itziar, Maitane and Nerea welcome us to the Grant Street Gate. Walking deeper into Chinatown, we visited a fortune cookie bakery. We watched as the cookies were made, and enjoyed a fresh sample.

Visiting the Cable Car Museum

We’ve seen the cable cars gliding up the streets, and heard the famous clanging of the bells. Here we visited the Cable Car Museum to learn how the system works. We watched the huge wheels move the cables under the streets of San Francisco, pulling the cable cars up the steep hills.

Waterpark Excitement!

One way to escape the heat of California is to enjoy a cold, wet amusement park ride. Here the girls recover from a good splash. If you look really close, you can see the boys enjoying an exciting raft ride at the Great America amusement park. Having survived their exciting raft ride, the boys celebrate their successful trip down the slide.

– Gerry Wiener, Local Leader, STEP 1 2012

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