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Skyping with the South African students in Mr. Gatoux’s class (11/28)
On the Monday following Thanksgiving break, my Spanish class had the rare opportunity to video chat with students from our sister school in South Africa. Before talking with them on Skype, we had only communicated through blog entries, exchanging questions about what life is like in our respective countries. For example: a normal school day. In my mind, school goes from eight to three, in which time we take six or seven classes, halfway through, breaking for lunch. Simple, right? Well, did you realize that right now, our South African friends are on summer break and will be until February? They were so excited to talk to us that they came back to school after their exams were over and sang their national anthem for us—twice! And, because we were returning from Thanksgiving break, we had a perfect opportunity to share some of our traditions with them as well. One part of this experience that impacted me was learning how similar we were, despite the cultural and geographical separation. All of us enjoy Modern Family, the Kardashians, and pop music—just not anything sung by Justin Bieber! For me, this experience broke down the cultural barriers that separated us from creating a global friendship. I appreciated the opportunity to experience that type of global unity and I hope we get another chance to Skype with them again soon!