Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Marymoor Dog Park with GSE Bolivian girls

Part of the FUN factor of any Group Study Exchange homestay, is getting to share part of your life with my guests. We have 2 big dogs, and we like to go to the 40 acre wooded dog park at Marymoor Park in Redmond. We love the walk in the woods, playing at the river and the many dogs we meet in the Park. The Bolivian girls however thought we were crazy with so many dogs running around. Paola, pronounced Paula, was afraid of the dogs when she came to live with us for a week. But after a day or so she started to pet them and walked among them freely. By the end of the week she was ok with them. Alejandra who we call Alex, was in love with the 2 dogs from the start. She would even sit on the floor and talk to them. Hourly rubs and pats on the head where expected after the first day.

So on this drizzly day, in May, we took the girls to the Dog Park. Did our usual routine of the 1.5 mile walk around the park, met lots of other dogs and had a wonderful time in the soft mist. It was just enough moisture to have a coat on, and be a bother....but we pressed on and found we were tired and hungry at the end of the walk, so were the dogs. After the dogs got a treat, a nice hot pot of Seattle coffee was calling to us....so we left for home.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Microsoft hosts the GSE team

The Group Study Exchange Team from Bolivia was treated to a wonderful morning at the Microsoft Executive Briefing Center in Redmond, Wa. The tour was a showcase of the "Home of the Future", and other amazing software yet to come. The minds of our guests were really boggled, as they were already in a culture shock of homes here vs. homes in Bolivia. Then, we showed them what Microsoft has to offer...they were completely in awe of the experience. Visiting Rotarian, Victor Hugo Cruses, a construction owner in Bolivia, talked all day long about the future house and it's many wonderous qualities. During their 1 week on the eastside, they visited the Redmond Rousers Rotary Club, Nintendo, City University, Bellevue Botanical Gardens & much more.

Inside the home of the future, 5 Rotarians accompanied the 5 Bolivians and we were all delighted with many fancy things that gave our brains a new way of looking at our own homes and how we could adapt them to new technologies. Entering the door, making cookies, hosting a kids party will forever be etched into our thought processes. Thanks to Microsoft for a WONDERFUL tour and their hospitality for the day. The Bolivian team will go home with many thoughts and dreams of a brighter future...all because they dared to be part of a Rotary GSE team...with a future vision.

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