My Latest Host Family/Homestay Experience Part 1
Hi there, I am pleased to announce that I am gathering momentum with personal growth as a blogger! This is my first time blogging. 🙂 I feel passionate about everyday topics because that’s the way I am and I want to discuss them with others who also have similar interests.
This week I have been blessed with another teenage visitor from Japan who is a gem… I know some of you may wonder how can teenagers be called this, but this girl is. I say this because firstly I feel that she is confident in herself and the environment around her and I feel that she is giving herself the chance to get familiar with her new surroundings and is quietly interested in finding out more about her new host family without being imposing or overpowering or bombarding us with her questions which I feel is a good thing. Perhaps others of my age who are also empty-nesters (now that their own children are independent adults and left the coop some time ago) will not feel that looking after teenagers all over again is a very appealing task or hobby. I assure you as a Homestay parent I don’t mind it and many other Homestay parents I am sure share my delight in many ways for caring for a young ones again especially when each member does the right thing from the start. 🙂
No two teenagers are alike that’s part and parcel of life but when we do get one who behaves accordingly it makes a rewarding experience for all. My teenager has already shown interest in my cooking and has offered to give me her feedback on each dish that I cook for her this week. 🙂 So, there will be more to report on what she liked and what she didn’t like. After all culturally and food-wise we are quite different. When asked what she usually has for breakfast she answered ‘Miso soup’! This to most Westerners would be an unusual flavour for breakfast. Conversely I am sure that our breakfast of cereal and toast would be frowned upon too if served daily over there. However I haven’t served her a soup breakfast yet but I do know that anything resembling rice, eggs, savoury buns would be popular with her and among those coming from Asia and the East.
I shall blog about our experiences in more detail from both perspectives with pictures of recipes taken during our meals together with recipe text so those Homestay parents and teachers who find it hard to understand the basic food necessities will gain more insight into certain issues mention in this blog entry. I want my blog stories to help other Host families/Homestay parents/students/teachers and those wishing to travel abroad at any age understand other food cultures in basic terms. From 15 years ago, when I took on my very first student, up until today I am still learning from new experiences. Experiences have helped me to create good memories of their stay with us as described in my book’s chapter, “food warms the heart”. This shows them that we are willing to change and learn in order to create a welcoming experience in a totally foreign land to their own. I hope what I write will resonate with those who have had international and multicultural experiences too so, feel free to write a comment below on your thoughts!
Bye for now.