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Trip to Thunder Bay - November 18, 2007


I took a group of Rotary Exchange students to Thunder Bay last weekend to join in activities that the three Rotary Clubs there had planned for us.  They are always bringing their exchange students to the US, and they wanted the opportunity for their club members to meet the students from different countries, as well as show our students a little of the culture of Canada. 


We had a great time in the car talking about how we could tell we were in Canada.  The differences are subtle, but there ARE differences.  Here are some of the points we discussed:


Canada is a sovereign nation.  It's not part of Minnesota or the US!  You need a passport to go there, as well as a visa for many international students, and a signed letter of permission from both parents for anyone under 18.  A US visa (2019) signed by the responsible officer of your exchange program is required to re-enter the US. 


The road signs are printed in English and French, and they use the metric system.  The exchange students got the impression that Canadian families are more relaxed about what their kids are doing. 


In Thunder Bay, there are several different types of high schools.  In addition to the regular public schools, there are also schools for native Canadians and French immersion schools for students who speak French as their native language. 


We were surprised to find five-pin bowling on one of our outings.  The rules are a bit different, and the ball is small, with no holes.


We took the kids curling, and I posted a video on my YouTube site.  Take and look and enjoy their version of curling!  Crazy Curling Video





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Exploring New Technology - March 1, 2008

Trip to Thunder Bay - November 18, 2007

It's Snowing - November 9, 2007

Information about Andy - October 14, 2007

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