After completing 5th grade Jack travelled across the world by himself to visit his friend, Steve, in Korea. Steve was an exchange student in Jack's 5th grade class at St. Mary's and lived with his family for the school year, they became like brothers. Steve returned home to Korea after Memorial Day and, soon after, Jack was given the opportunity to go to Korea by Steve's parents. They wanted to give Jack a chance to come, visit and show him Korean hospitality as a thank you for having Steve in his home for the year. It was also an opportunity for Jack to experience the Korean lifestyle and culture. Jack thought the trip was very fun and very different. He says his greatest memory of the trip was when they took a three-day train ride tour. The tour took them on an odyssey throughout Korea where they saw the sights and did fun things like dancing and singing karaoke. Jack and Steve entertained the passengers in their train car one evening singing the Michael Jackson song "Beat It" on karaoke. Jack said the hardest part of the trip was definitely the food, especially the raw seafood. He tried just about everything, even live octopus. He also said the drinks were limited to just a few choices and he missed drinking sweet tea. He would definitely recommend going on the trip because there is so much to see that you won't see here in the United States. It's a great experience to learn about the culture, the people and the history of South Korea. The trip was a chance of a lifetime. Steve is not here for the 6th grade but he wants to come back in a few years to attend high school in Bellevue. For more photos of Jack's trip to Korea click here.
School News 2015-2016
An Exchange of Cultures