Chloé and Hakim: On Sunday we went to Westfield Mall. We discovered the fashion in America and a typical American Mall. We went to a lot of shops : American Eagle, Adidas, Nike, Foot locker, Victoria’s Secret, Urban Outfitters. We bought lots of clothes and gifts for our families. Malls here are very different than in France. They are so much bigger.
Hugo: On Sunday I went to Westfield Mall to see what a real Mall in America looks like. We took the car and I was really surprised when I saw the price of the parking. I didn’t expect it to be so expensive. Not all the things are cheaper in America! I bought shoes at Foot Locker and I was surprised by the taxes. Indeed, in America you don’t know how much it will really cost before you pay.
To conclude, the principal difference difference between the Mall in America and the Mall in France is they are so much bigger here. We all bought souvenirs for us and our family (except for Hugo who isn’t a good son).
—-Cholé, Hakim. and Hugo
When I first came to San Francisco, one of the first things i noticed and liked is that
skateboarding is definitely a part of the Californian culture. From the skateshop to the
street, i will relate my amazing experience, as a skater in San Francisco.
Before leaving France, my dream was to come back from California with a board, making
sure to bring enough money and to leave enough room in my suitcase. Now that I think
about it, I feel like I made my dream jealous, with a zflex cruiser board…. some good stuff!
At the skateshop, i felt immediately that brotherhood that links skaters worldwide and that I love so much. No matter my age or the country I came from, I could directly feel
comfortable. And I spent maybe an hour listening to the seller telling me some stories
about his skating childhood in the seventies.
When finally I left the boutique, riding my brand new board, I realised that the entire city was an amazing spot, with its smooth roads on Golden Gate Park, or its steep hills through Haight Street, it is useless to say that I wasn’t the only skater!
As I cruised home, I was happy to learn that my exchange student’s brother was a skater.
This meant we would have fun every day after school, and so did we. Cruising and curving
around blocks, sliding at the rollerskate spot, riding fast, and downhill as the roads were closed for cars on Sundays or just popping ollies in the garage, i think we tried all types of skateboarding.
In San Francisco, skaters spend their lives on their board, and so skateboarding is more of a lifestyle than of a passion, and for me, it became both during this fantastic journey!
San Francisco is a multicultural city located in Californie, in the north Bay Area. This city is divided in 3 different parts, the golden gate park, the city center, and the residence area.
The golden gate park goes from Haight Ashbury all the way to the beach! This park contains seven museums, as the De Young museum or the science museum and it is a beautiful green park to practice sport or hang out.
The city center includes union square which is the shopping center of San Francisco, it also includes lots of restaurents and hotels which make it a touristic area. The city center also contains China Town, famous for its dragon gate; then the fishermen wharf where you can find the ferry building which is full of food shops and restaurants. When you’re in the city center you can also drive through the lombard street.
SF has many means of transportation. The most typical one is the market street rail which is a kind of cable car. There is also a subway that goes from SF to Oakland. SF has bikes that you can rent. Then, because SF is on the océan side, they have ferries to go, for instance, to Alcatraz as we did.
But the cool means of transportation in SF is obviously the skateboard (Glenn!).
—Cassandra, Sigrid and Thèma.
Jack o’ lanterns (photo by Enzo)
Halloween House (photo by Camille)
On Wedneday, we went to Haight Street to find our costumes for Halloween. We walked through the whole street to find out a Halloween store that was not expensive! At first we went to a real halloween costume store and we wanted to be disney princess. As prices were very high we had to go further, the problem is that walking in san francisco is really exhausting. We finally went to a store that was doing sales for Halloween where we found some disney princess costumes but they did not fit us. We were exhausted and running out of time when the lady showed us burlesque costumes. We immediatly got really excited about the idea as it represents France with “Moulin Rouge”.
Haight Street is the perfect street for Halloween but i would never do my shopping there, this is not my style at all, it is more a hippies’ style as they are a lot hanging out in this street. You can find different types of people over there and some have a really unique style.
–Estelle and Victorine
In disguise (photo by Camille)
Chloé has an eye out for more scientific sightseeing than the average tourist.
An image of a solar eclipse on October 23, 2014 through a telescope in Urban’s back yard. There won’t be another until 2017!
A colony of ladybugs in Muir Woods
Since I didn’t know what was going on with those ladybugs, I sent the photo and a query to Matt Mederios on our science faculty. He is known for his expertise in moths, but I thought he still might be able to help us out. And I was right!
Here’s his reply:
Ooh, cool! They are indeed ladybugs (a type of beetle, not actually bugs, which are a mutually exclusive group in their own right), and they’re clumping together to overwinter [hibernate]. Some gardeners actually seek out these clumps, collect them, and then spread the beetles in their garden, since the beetles eat pests like aphids.
Check this out.
So, now we’ve learned something. Thanks, Chloé!