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The Adventure in America: Once In A Lifetime


By: Guo Jing (Jane)

“…the landscape is beautiful, the stories are venerable…”                                         ——New York Times

From traveling Chicago to crossing Boston to touching New York City to feeling the peace of Burlington, our inspiring odyssey will forever change our view of America. Especially these cities’ charming churches offer us new insights into the roots of our common faith and fresh answers to the most profound questions of the human spirit. Some of us call our trip a “once-in-a-lifetime journey”, because it will become a memorable experience in our lives.

Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States was our first stop in America. When we saw the public sculpture Cloud Gate at Millennium Park and walked in the street, we could feel the style of this city.

The long history of Boston, shown in the beautiful scenery with perfect and old buildings interspersed throughout the city brings you closer to America’s unique culture. We got a broader understanding about how Boston combines all kinds of cultural elements into one modern society. The Freedom Trail, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Macy’s has shown us the different scenes in this amazing city. Daisy said that the environment of Boston made her feel very comfortable. Furthermore, she said that she felt that her mind and body were at peace during that time.

As we traveled, our hearts and minds went through many different emotions. I will always remember the time I walked along Central Park and appreciated the visual art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I was overjoyed to see so much beauty, both natural and in pieces of art. As one of the world’s largest and finest art museums, it has so many amazing collections from different countries. Unfortunately, we met the snowstorm in New York. On the first day when we arrived at South Ferry, we could not see anything. But the next day, when the snow melted, we took a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty. Before we got there, we could only see it in our books or televisions. Now that we saw it, we will always have the real-life memories – way better than the books.

Vermont Teddy Bear Company is the largest maker of hand-crafted, American-made Teddy Bears! Embraced by the scenic Green Mountains, Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory colors the countryside in beautiful Shelburne, Vermont, USA.

Vermont Teddy Bear Company is the largest maker of hand-crafted, American-made Teddy Bears! When we got into the factory, we could touch so many different Teddy Bears. The store had different choices of skin color, eye color, and bears’ clothes. All the girls in the XISU team were very excited about the bear hospital that helps fix all the broken bears from all over the world. Besides this, we have also learned so much about the Teddy Bear history. Being in the factory took me back to my childhood, and I felt excited to bring home a new friend – I named her Gracie.

For Alice, Burlington was her favorite city. She said if you are in this city, you will be allowed to slow down at your own pace and enjoy yourself. She had an interesting perspective, like most visitors do. She said, “what I care about is not the final destination, but rather the scenes along the road.” For me, I think that Burlington is most similar to my hometown because it is very quiet, and it has its own unique, tranquil style. Even though I was thousands of miles from home, I felt at peace, and at home in Burlington.

We have traveled to many places, and experienced many things. From landmarks in Chicago, to shopping in Boston, to pizza in New York, and to Teddy Bears in Vermont – we have done it all! We may look like the same girls that came off the plane from China, but we have definitely changed as a result of our journey. We are forever grateful, and will never forget this once-in-a-lifetime journey!