A trip to Gould Academy
By Chen Yan
We spent 10 days in Gould Academy, with their students and faculty. During the time, we had good fun and exchanged many things with the host teachers and families.
For the first three days, we traveled around the Old Town in Boston,visiting famous universities and museums there. Tom, one of the host teachers kept accompanying us and told us many interesting historical stories. All of our students were completely attracted by those stories.And we went to the aquarium in Boston. It was really surprising to see such a wide variety of marine animals. Incredibly we were allowed to touch some of the aquatic lives, such as sharks,rays, the beautiful starfish, the hermit crab and so on. We were so excited, because it was our first time to get so close to those cute and lovable animals. Next we moved on to the beach and had a picnic together. We took many nice photos by the sea and some students explored some ‘treasures’.
After that on 27th, we came to Gould Academy by the school bus. The students met their host families out of the dining hall. They embraced each other warmly and talked a lot. And then all the students with their host families headed towards their homes for the evening, and we teachers were invited to the headmaster, Mr. Ruby’s house and had a short teatime there.
The next day, after breakfast there was the welcoming ceremony. We were the last one to make the speeches, and it ended with an impressive self-introduction by Zhu Junhong. Everybody co-operated to laugh exaggeratedly and stand or sit in various poses. Many of their teachers came up and shook hands with us or turned up the thumb, “You did a good job!”We were glad and proud. It was really a good day! Immediately afterwards, we were led to see the whole campus. During the following two days, we had the chance to get into their classes, sat around the big table and took part in activities in the morning.
Friday is also a wonderful day with fresh air, good exercise and beautiful scenery. We packed our ‘bag lunch’ in the dining hall and set off to hike a long way towards a hill. On the way to the top, Chris showed us some maple leaves, oaks or something like this, and told us much more about them. All of our students always tagged along after him and kept talking to him. As we finally arrived at the top of the hill, a fine perspective opened up before us!
Here came the weekend, our students stayed with their host families, going to the church, driving out or shopping without us. Two days later, they shared a few photos of what they did and saw. Many of them felt it hard to say good-bye with their hosts and hostesses.
It is a pleasant visit. This group is an exceptionally great group of students. They are confident, curious, attentive and willing to communicate in English at any time.
最后，总结这次活动时，老师说：创新需要你快速地思考，所以你们只有几个十分钟。现在我们经常看到的是“made in China"（有人尴尬地笑了）,是不是有一天我们也能看到“designed in China","made in America"呢？这就是你们来到这里的目的。
她说的没错。Let China SMART again.
A smell of happiness.A smell of life.Then we think about surviving and living.
“Hey!How are you!"这是每一个人见到你会说的话，美国人特别热情，就算是陌生人也是以微笑照面，这是我以前去到的任何一个国家都不曾感受到过的。波士顿的大街上很多地方都有钢琴，你可以当一个听众坐下来用音乐小憩一会，也可以当一位演奏者用热情为这个城市带来一份生机。我想如果一个国家的人民是被这样一股温暖的感觉笼罩着，那他们一定是幸福的。
HI, WELCOME to Gould!
飞机徐徐降落在洛根机场时已是当地时间23：30分，连续飞行16个小时的机长和空乘人员在入关口，不忘回过身来对所有旅客弯一弯嘴角说“Welcome to America.”；海关人员面上不仅没有倦容，还和每一个抵达的旅客谈笑风生，他们带着温和的笑意，轻轻的对你说“Welcome to America.”；走出闸口，看到等在外面迎接我们的古德学校老师，一个半小时的延误和夜间的寒风并没有耗尽他们的热情，他们伸出手来，笑意涌上眉梢“欢迎，WELCOME TO BOSTON.”
我们坐着黄色大头校车穿梭在Bethel的大街小巷，对上路人满含笑意的眼眸，仿佛觉得那白发苍苍，缓缓向你挥手，嘴唇蠕动着对你说“HI”的老奶奶和你曾经相识；周五晚上和古德的学生们一起Shopping，来自世界各地的同学们三三两两的打闹着，Mr.Greene把校车音响开的震天，前排金发碧眼的小男孩转过来对我们说“Welcome to Gould”，嬉笑打闹声中，我回想起了那些经典的好莱坞青春片。车窗外，是快速后退的苍绿树木和满天繁星。
Boston is located in the north of New York,about 3-hour drive,however, quite different from New York's busy style, Boston is more enjoyable. What impressed me most? It is the equality and respect showed by the perfect environment.
Cities surrounded by rivers are always charming——Paris,Vancouver,Venice,Chengdu and so on.Thanks to Charles River, Boston can be one of them, also because ofthis, this old city becomes dynamic. The day we visited Harvard and MIT,a group of people Shuttled in the shade of toweling trees, with sparkling river on the left.That time,I totally understood the reason why such famous universities are settled there. WhatmakesBoston more attractive are the small animals we can meet everywhere. Whether the groups of pigeons and squirrels we played with on the first day , or the cool Turkeys what appeared near school, all walked freely through the parks...
Perfect natural environment not only shows a harmonious relationship between man and nature, but also embodies the high quality of the locals. Because everyone gives equal rights to all lives, so they respect them, love them, give them enough private space, then live together freely and fraternally. EQUALITY is not just showed between humans, but also between all the living things among the whole world. All of us live interdependently, so no one can control the world, no one can live without others. Give more respect to all the lives around you.
This is truly a trip to remember for good!