The day with the jalapeno pepper

Today was a very fun and eventful day for the Dallas Delegation. We started off the day by arriving at school at 8:45 and going to their school store called “Bear Necessities”. All of us bought some UA gear and headed up to our room where we met the global education director in Dallas, Mrs. Nipp. Our delegation then boarded the (very nice) bus and headed downtown to the 6th floor museum. The 6th floor museum is all about JFK’s legacy and assassination. We took a full audio tour about everything leading up to his visit in Texas, where he was fatally shot on November 22nd, 1963.

Afterwords, we went to Trinity Square and ate Barbecue at “BABB BBQ”. The food portions were very filling and flavorful. Bella dared us all to try a jalepeno pepper as she ate about 2 of them at a time. Most of us succeeded (except for Cleo), although it did cause a severe sense of burning in our mouths. For many of us, it was our first time trying real Texas Brisket. Personally, it was one of the best lunches I’ve ever had.

The chaperones and teachers then decided to surprise us and take us to a bakery called “Cake Bar”. We had to choose between an enormous variety of cake flavors to later share with our host sisters. Between the seven of us, we chose Key Lime, Wedding, German Chocolate, Italian Cream, Chocolate, and Red Velvet. All of us then boarded the bus and headed back to Ursuline to present some information about our school. Our presentation was a success and the students were all very interested in our slang, our school schedule, and the fact that we have exchange classes with Salesianum. Bella kept them entertained while explaining all the different terms we use to express things.

Around 3:45 our host sisters were dismissed from class. We all ate our cake and then headed to the Dallas Museum of Art together. The Dallas Museum of Art currently has a very special exhibit on Mexican artists. It’s a very rare exhibit that has barely ever been shown anywhere else. We got to experience paintings by artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. At the museum they also had fun activities such as making a plate of food out of paper and typing on a typewriter.

After we were done at the museum, we boarded the bus once again and headed to El Fenix; a Tex-Mex restaurant. We enjoyed an amazing dinner and desert and, feeling stuffed beyond belief, headed home with our host sisters. Currently it is storming in Dallas and there is a Tornado watch. However, we are having a blast and our host sisters and their families have welcomed us with open arms. The end of our spring break could not be spent anywhere else and I know we will always have a piece of Texas in our hearts.

-Ellen Schlecht

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