Wry Exchange

End of The Year Trips
06-03-08, 11:36 am
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 Ah, the favorite part of the year.  The end of the year trip with all of your co-inbounds.  The FES rite of passage.  The trips last from 10-31 days, most of the US ones are two weeks.  The West coast students go East to see Boston, New York, Niagara Falls, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.    The East coast students go West to see San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.  The ones in the center of the states can go either way.  The month-long trips include all of the above cities, as well as Orlando, Chicago, New Orleans, Mt. Rushmore, etc.

Typically, half to 2/3 of the students go on an end of the year trip.  The trips are so important that students will ask if one is offered before committing to go with a program.    The students don’t realize until they are on a two-week bus trip how much they’ve bonded with each other.   I’ve often said the bus could drive around in a tight circle for two weeks, and the kids wouldn’t care.   I’ve seen so many trip photos with NO recognizable landmark in any of FES’s photos.  They take photos of each other, over and over.  It’s cute.

The largest South American trips are usually in January and February,  since that’s when the weather is the best.  They’ll still have a Spring trip, too.   The European trips (Eurotrip) go through different countries.   All the trips are slightly different, some will miss Amsterdam, but include Rome.   I believe the Eurotrips are the only ones to go outside the host country’s borders.

This year, my kids are going to Disneyland, Universal Studios, Hollywood, San Francisco, Death Valley, Lake Tahoe, and Las Vegas.   Did I mention my laptop and I will be joining them?  We leave Saturday.   Wish me luck, and pray to the deity of your choice.  


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