The Yanagawa Group and my roommate in San Francisco and Chicago : Cathie
1. At home in OKC: Brian and Mark had already left for Tokyo.
I met Kathie Carter, Principal of Stratford Elementary School at Will Rogers Airport. She also had packed too much. We helped each other as we could and we got on the plane.
5. San Francisco International Airport, Sheraton Gateway Hotel: When I arrived to San Francisco, I knew I had to re-pack and ask for help with the candy I was taking for the Japanese students. I could hardly move with my luggage. At the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, I found out that Kathie was my roommate. We continued helping each other problem solve. Unfortunally, I felt sick. I realized I needed to drink more water or the trip to Tokyo and the jetlag were going to be difficult to overcome.
6. Lunch: We ate a quick lunch, turned in our follow-on project updates.
JFMF Program Overview: Kyoko Jones, Program Director Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund, Japan-United States Educational Commission (JUSEC)
Information of Friends of the Memorial Fund and CE/Graduate Credits: Robert Radford, Director, Friends of the Memorial Fund.
Follow-On Plan Overview: Christopher Powers, Institute of International Education, Washington D. C.
City Group Meetings: Information about groups and home stay
Panel Presentation: The JFMF Experience and Follow on Plan
Reception and Dinner
The orientation was long, but necessary. Everything was done to perfection and on time.
I brought too much luggage and I had to give up some of the candy to the people who were going to Yanagawa. Whether I gave the candy to the kids or they did, it did not make any difference. The candy went to Yanagawa children.
I found out about my host family. The father was a carpenter, the mother, a housewife and the only daughther, a nurse. I wish this information had been delivered to us via Internet to be better prepared.
I also found out some information about my host city, Yanagawa: Rural town with little communication-Internet not available at the hotel. I would not be able to blog from there.
There were 200 teachers from all over the USA in San Francisco, but I feel too tired to socialize. Stanley is doing fine and making friends.