Our hotel - Holiday Inn Express
We had to go to Grandfather Mountain today but it was raining heavily so we couldn't. It's just amazing how they managed to rearrange the schedule in just 30 minutes and we went shopping in Concord Mills which is a huge shopping mall about 2 hours from Boone. I really loved it. We had about 3 and a half hours and I managed to buy many things I had planned to buy :)
Yesterday we went to the Walmart in Boone which took us like 3 hours. It was more like going to a huge museum than doing shopping. We discovered so many interesting things. For example, if you want to buy some M&M's, they are sold in packages that weigh about half a kilo or more. The beer cans are about twice the size, juice is sold in a 2-liter bottle and you can buy sugar cookies with sugar.
A good example of a typical car here
We also had a walk with Tea. It's really funny that the Americans do not go anywhere on foot. They're used to driving everywhere. Therefore, it's not easy to be a pedestrian here - there are no crosswalks, the drivers aren't used to people walking on the streets and the sidewalks may unexpectedly end.
We've been laughing a lot too as there are two Guatemalan teachers who have a really good sense of humor. When we were heading back for Boone in the afternoon Pablo told us some Guatemalan legends and ghost stories and we taught him some Estonian in the evening.
Boone at night
We're going to have an early start tomorrow. We're going to the university campus (finally) at 8 and have our first sessions (ICT and something more). In the evening there's going to be a formal reception where we'll probably meet all the university lecturers and our partner teachers from local schools. And some of us will meet their host families too.
So much for a short entry :D
Good night! And good morning to all Estonians, as it's 7 a.m. in Estonia now.