Tuesday, August 21, 2007

It's a clear blue sky!!

Three days have passed since I came back to Japan. How fast the time passes! For these three days, whatever I do, I’m always thinking about my stay in Maryland with Nina, Shirley, the mentors, and my friends. I miss them a lot now. It was the third time to go to America in my life, and it was the best trip for me. I really enjoyed it. Now, every night, I dream of being with the mentors and my friends. On the last day, I cried a lot when I had to say good-bye at the airport, and now, I’m so sad more than I had guessed at that time.

Anyway, I’m happy that I could experience such a wonderful thing and spend such a wonderful time!! I’m glad to have such precious memories. I’ll never forget those two weeks in Maryland, and such nice people that I met there, of course. I would like to appreciate all the people who make me feel like this. I could learn many important things through this trip. I want to thank all of you.

Now, I want to drink bubble tea at the restaurant between the university and the hotel!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Lake Artemesia

Yesterday, I went to Lake Artemesia after the class. At first, no one knew where the lake was, so we walked for a long time. Finally, we found water and had a rest in a gazebo in the lake. It was very cool and nice place!! I felt so good that I almost slept. On the way to the hotel, I went to drink bubble tea again!! Then I drank honey milk bubble tea again :) It was very yummy^^

By the way, there are only two more days that I can be with Nina and the mentors, I feel sad about that and I really want to enjoy the rest of my stay.

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Monday, August 13, 2007


On Friday, I went to Nina’s house!! It was a very cute house and I thought I wanted to live in the house like that. I met Nina’s family. Her husband is so kind, and her daughter is so cute!! I was happy that I could meet them. After that, I went to Karaoke!! I had not been to karaoke since I was in the second grade in high school. So I really enjoyed it and I was happy to see smiles on the face of all the participants^^

On Saturday, I went to Annapolis by bus. It was the very nice and beautiful place!! I wish I could have stayed there longer. I want to visit there again. After exploring Annapolis, I enjoyed cruising. My friend and I were on the top of the boat, then wind and wave made us so excited. After I returned to College Park, I went to eat dinner with the mentors. Then I explored the university with my roommate. We talked about many things. It is called “girl talk”. I love it!!

Now, I have drunk Bubble tea for four days!! I really like it and my favorite flavor is honey milk tea^^ I want to drink it today, too :)

Friday, August 10, 2007

Inter-American Development Bank

Good morning!! On Thursday, I played bowling with Laura and my friends. We played 5 games so I have sore muscles now :(

I went to Inter-American Development Bank yesterday. My major is International Economics so I’m interested in that. I ate lunch at Cafeteria in IDB, and it was very big. It was the second time that I ate fruits since I arrived in Maryland. After I finished lunch, I went to the conference room and heard the presentation about IDB. They explained how they became interested in working at the bank, and I was so impressed. I decided that I’m going to try to do something that I really want to do. After the tour of IDB, I went to Starbucks in Chinatown with my friend. I’m working at Starbucks in Japan, and I tried Shaken Blueberry Iced tea that I can not drink in Japan!! It was American taste!!

Wednesday, August 8, 2007


Good morning!! Yesterday, I went to a huge supermarket near the hotel. It was too big to look at all the things. I was looking at sweets area for a long time!! I like caramel in chocolates or cookies so I bought them a lot :) I was happy when I was surrounded by many candies and chocolates!! After I finished shopping, I went to Hard time café and ate chicken wings for dinner. I spent good time with mentors and my friends. At night, everyone got together in one room, and we had a party!! It was really fun!! I want to do that again :)

Tuesday, August 7, 2007


Good afternoon!! I went to Pentagon city yesterday. There is a huge shopping mall and I was very surprised. I went to many shops, for example, Bath &Body Works or Sweets Factory. Both of them are my favorite shops!! I walked around with my friend, Kana, and we talked in English all the time. It was good practice to speak English and I enjoyed it :-) I ate cinnamon pretzel for dinner at Auntie Anne’s. It was really good!! It reminded me of my junior high school days because I used to eat it when I had lived in Indonesia. At last, I bought two earrings, and I was happy because the mentors chose the best one for me. I thanked them. I walked a lot yesterday, so I’m very sleepy today. I’m looking forward to going to supermarket after class.

Monday, August 6, 2007

The fifth day

Today is the fifth day of my trip!!
I don’t have jet lag nowJ
I went to see the monuments and walk a lot yesterday, so I could know American history.
I ate Japanese noodles for a lunch and drank bubble tea at night.
It is hot and humid everyday.
Today I will be able to eat special ice cream!!

Friday, August 3, 2007


Hello, my name is Shiori Araki. I arrived in Maryland yesterday!! Today is the 2nd day,but I have jet lag(>_<)

I'm going to do my best to learn many things while I'm here, and I hope that this would be a good trip.

Thank you for your reading!!