Immersing in a different culture is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that not many people get to experience. On March 29, the Brother Rice French language lovers and French club members departed to the romantic country of France.
Visiting many sites in France, including Paris, the Brother Rice students captured a glimpse of European culture. This trip, similar to the Spain trip in 2017, exemplifies the travel immersion opportunities that students can participate in during their time at Brother Rice. Traveling abroad can be really expensive; however, Ms. Rzeszutko, Brother Rice French teacher, said that most students fundraised by selling candy. Although small profits per sell, selling candy does add up if sold in advance.
Ms. Rzeszutko provided information on where she and the travelers visited. One of the sights the group saw was the Pointe du Hoc near Omaha Beach and the Normandy coast. This site included the American cemetery from World War II.
Ms. Rzeszutko said that she felt “awe-inspired to see what American soldiers had to face.” In addition, another site they visited was Versailles, the location where the treaty was signed to end WWI. Other sites visited were the castles of the Loire Valley; this provided the traveling Crusaders to see how French royalty used to live.
One of the students traveling on the trip, junior Malcolm Butler-Kindle, provided a glimpse into his cultural immersion. One of the foods that he tried was the pizza, and how the cheese on the pizza was cream cheese instead of traditional cheese. Some of his favorite sites were the Catacombs, the Eiffel tower, the Louvre, and the Arc de Triomphe.
As this was his first time visiting France, he humorously said, “These experiences changed my view of culture because now I view the world as interesting and cool instead of being weird.” He also said, “I would take away the experience because it has taught me that people from different cultures aren’t that different from us (in the United States).”
Traveling not only from country to country or state to state, but from our homes to our local coffee shops epitomizes the movement of life. Every time we step out into the vivid world, we experience the beauty of the interactive earth. Traveling across borders gives us a new perspective, and whatever that perspective is, happens to be unique to the individual. Although we may not always have the opportunity to transcend across borders, appreciating everywhere we travel can reward us with a life aspect that continues to grow – culture.