Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saturday Pictures/Samstagsbilder



While Peter was giving his paper, I packed and then we went for a short walk to the beach.  It was quite cold.

Während Peter seinen Vortrag bei Westmont College gehalten hat, haben wir gepackt und sind dann kurz am Strand spazieren gegangen.  Es war ziemlich kalt.  


 These flowers were all over the beach, but I do not know what they are called.
Diese Blumen wachsen überall am Strand, aber ich weiß nicht, wie sie heißen. 

 Our motel, the very first Motel 6 in the country.  It was named Motel 6 because a room used to cost just $6.00 a night!
Unser Motel, das allerste Motel 6 in Amerika, das so genannt worden ist, weil früher eine Übernachtung nur 6 Dollar kostete.  

Freshly pressed orange juice from oranges close by.  We saw it being pressed.
Frisch gepreßter Orangensaft aus der Gegend.  Wir haben zugesehen, wie er gepreßt wurde. 


We loaded the car and drove to Carpinteria.  Lunch at Nutbelly followed.  The food was good, just way too expensive.

Wir haben das Auto dann beladen und sind nach Carpinteria gefahren.  Dort gab es Mittagessen bei Nutbelly.  Das war ein gutes Lokal, nur viel zu teuer.  









We drove all the way up to Thomas Aquinas College.  Jonathan was waiting for us.  His feet were tired from so much dancing (waltz and swing dance).  They danced until almost midnight!  He showed us around a bit and we had dinner at the cafeteria.

Weiter ging es zum Thomas Aquinas College.  Jonathan hat schon auf uns gewartet.  Seine Füße waren vom vielen Tanzen müde.  Sie haben fast bis Mitternacht Walzer und Swing getanzt.  Er hat uns ein wenig das Gelände gezeigt, und dann gab es Abendessen in der Mensa.  

 This highway is part of El Camino Real.
Diese Autobahn ist ein Teil der berühmten Strecke El Camino Real.










 A sign like this looks so unreal in California!
So ein Schild sieht einfach sehr unglaubwürdig in Kalifornien aus!

 Wildflowers on campus
Wildblumen beim College

 View from Jonathan's dorm room
Blick von Jonathans Studentenwohnheim

 Jonathan's dorm
Jonathans Studentenwohnheim

 One of four ponds on campus
Einer von vier Teichen

 Chapel in the old ranch, which is now the president's house.
Kapelle in der alten Ranch, die jetzt das Haus des Collegepräsidenten ist.  

 Old ranch.  Mother Teresa once stayed in the room on the right. 
Die alte Ranch.  Mutter Teresa hat einmal in dem Zimmer rechts übernachtet.

 Old ranch
Alte Ranch



 One of the dorms at night
Ein anderes Wohnheim am Abend

Church from inside
Kirche, Innenansicht

Sunday activities will be posted tomorrow.
Sonntagsaktivitäten folgen morgen. 



8 comments:

  1. Wow, Eva, da habt Ihr ja alle eine erlebnisreiche Zeit im Moment. Es ist schön, endlich mal wieder in Euerm Tagebuch zu stöbern. Eine tolle Gelegenheit für eure Kinder, das Land kennenzulernen! Habt viel Spass weiterhin!

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    1. Ja, diese fünf Monate hier sind schon eine tolle Sache. Wir entdecken viele neue Dinge.

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  2. Oh my . . the California coast is just so beautiful!

    I believe the flower is a Hottentot Fig flower (it's non-native).

    Well, that's got to be the nicest Motel Six! I never realized it began in Santa Barbara. $6. Well that's just . . that's just . . making me speechless :)

    I'm impressed with Thomas Aquinas, and it sounds like Jonathan had a good time.

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    1. What a funny name, Hottentot Fig Flower. I just looked it up and it does look right. I wonder who brought it to Santa Barbara. It was all along the beach and it did not look planted.

      It was fairly nice, not fancy (no coffeemaker, no hair dryer, etc.), but clean and inviting. You could also open the windows all the way! I hate those hotels/motels where you cannot open them. I was also surprised to read that this was the first Motel 6 and that the 6 stands for $6.00. Imagine, $6.00 for one night.

      I think Jonathan had a good time, he thought it was a good college, the students were very smart, he said. He is not so sure if it is the right place for him because he is afraid that he would not enjoy all the readings. He is really interested in Theology and Political Science. Thomas Aquinas has a lot of philosophy readings, he thought too much for his taste. He went to Confession and to daily Mass and enjoyed that. He also really enjoyed the beauty of the place. It was interesting to watch the students. For class, eating, and church the students had to wear slacks/collared shirts (men) and skirts with a blouse or dresses (women). That made a huge difference! When we dropped him off, it was still class time, so everybody looked nice (not dressed up, just nice). When we picked him up, many had changed into their weekend clothes, normal clothes, not jeans with holes, etc., but they did look nicer before. Kind of funny what a difference that can make.

      Peter just called, he is almost home and I still have to come up with a vocab quiz for my students to post it on Moodle. I have a Skype session tomorrow and Jonathan and Charlotte have Latin class.

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    2. Good observations about the college. I remember seeing young elementary school students in Brooklyn in uniforms and they did look very nice. I also see local students here going to the neighborhood Catholic school in their uniforms. The girls will sometimes wear only knee socks with their skirts in the very cold weather!

      I think I would enjoy the readings and the Philosophy classes :) It's so great that he really got to spend time there to find out what it's like. It does sound like a special place. I also like how small the student body is.

      What college will he look at next! :)

      Good luck with your German students!

      (OH! We also like windows that open in motels! It's really very disconcerting when they don't! Morgana actually babysat for a family on the upper west side in one of the new Trump buildings where the windows did not open! It was all central air!)

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    3. I think we talked about those Catholic school uniforms before and how crazy it was that they don't wear any tights.

      I also like philosophy and Jonathan does too, but he does not like so many books that focus only on philosophy. There are two other Great Books places that are different we have been thinking about (The Thomas More College in NH and Wyoming Catholic College). There is also Benedictine College in KS, St. Vincent College in PA, Catholic University in DC, Notre Dame, Georgetown in DC, maybe Villanova, Christendom in VA, and a few others. I don't think there is any other college here in CA we want to see. He really wants to do Catholic theology and not just religious studies. That brings down the choices. Many supposedly Catholic places do not offer theology anymore. And not all colleges offer political science. He will not go to college next year, he is not finished with high school. All our travels have caused us to be behind.

      The Trump buildings should be forbidden if they don't have windows. Cannot be healthy at all.

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  3. Wollte dich gerade fragen, ob es Jonathan gefallen hat, aber du hast es oben ja schon beantwortet. Es ist toll, das Jonathan so gut weiss, was er will. Auch schön, dass ihr in Amerika die Möglichkeit habt so in Unis reinzuschnuppern.
    Solche Sukkulenten wachsen auch viel in Spanien, ich weiss allerdings nicht, ob es wirklich die gleichen sind, vermutlich nicht, oder vielleicht doch.

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    1. Ja, es hat ihm gut gefallen, nur weiß er nicht, ob diese Art von College ihm so liegen wird. Es war eine gute Erfahrung und er hat das College noch nicht von seiner "Liste" gestrichen. Letztendlich wird es auch nicht nur Frage des Gefallens sein, sondern des Geldes und der Stipendiumsmöglichkeiten. Bei ca. 30.000 Dollar Collegegebühr pro Jahr muß man schon gucken, wem man sein Geld gibt und wo man am wenigsten oder gar keine Schulden macht. Wir haben noch eine ganze Reihe anderer Colleges, die wir sehen wollen. Viele Colleges bieten auch Sommerprogramme an, damit man sie besser kennenlernen kann, doch die sind auch teuer.

      Laut Internet könnten sie auch in Spanien wachsen. Sie können sogar zu Problempflanzen werden. Dort am Strand waren sie aber sehr schön.

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