Monday, October 3, 2016

One of the Best Things Since Sliced Bread is Google Translate for Memorandum Monday

Who knew the phone would be getting a work out trying to translate such words like bruise and hurt? We are hosting an exchange student from Italy. She's here as part of the City of Corning's Sister Cities Program so a whole slew of them came to town Friday. Martina is adorable, wears itty bitty little shoes, and doesn't mind giving belly rubs to Duncan who has decided she needs to love him as much as he is due, which is a shit ton according to him. 

A couple of days ago I had visions of making nice American meals like cheese burgers, a big breakfast, and perhaps going to an apple orchard. Turns out teenagers do not need people to make plans such as these and the group of them went to a haunted house yesterday and today played paintball. Later they are off to go ice skating. 

Pretty sure all these things are really American, but who lets kids run around a field, point pretend guns each other and injure other kids with paint balls? Oh that would be us. Seems wrong honestly unless you are from here. Martina only has a little bruise which is on her ankle...

As far as food goes?

So far Martina is a big fan of....Cheerios. Sigh. 

Duncan however is having the time of his life. He is pretty sure he was meant to be the rose between two thorns. 

Further adventures await. They are off to Niagara Falls and Washington DC the later part of this week. Wish us luck! 

Waving hello over to Sian who hosts us for Memorandum Monday!


  1. Sounds like so much fun! Enjoy your company! I think teenagers are teenagers regardless of where they are!

  2. It certainly sounds as if she is having a good time. And it's fun for me hearing about the hosting experience "from the other end" as I was hosted by a family in Grafton MA when I was a teenager. I had a wonderful time. Best of luck with the rest of the trip!

  3. LOL!! Sooo, what are your 'Cheerios'? Over here they're the name for mini frankfurters, or mini hot dogs, I guess....... & a HUGE thing here for kids 12- 30 (& sometimes over) is paintball. Personally, I don't get it, but there y'go. There, here, yours ,ours. Probably in Italy too....teens are all doing That sort of Stuff. Thank goodness the Falls and Washington is a bit more 'cultural'!!!

  4. How wonderful to have a joy of interacting with someone far another land for a while.. I am sure teenagers are really the same deep down and just like to have fun.. and Duncan... I hope you milk the attention for all you can!!

  5. sounds like they are having fun.

  6. Google translate helped us out more than a time or two this past week as well. How nice that your exchange student is settling in.


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