Home stays, i was so excited to find out that i was having two chinese young people staying in my house! I told everybody i knew haha!!
There was already 5 of us living in my house with three bedrooms. My mum and dad, my two sisters and myself. Christina and Michelle came to stay with me. I was glad i had these two because i stayed with Christina’s family in China and wanted to show her my family and life. I was glad michelle was staying as well as she was one of the most confident and talktative and i had really bonded with Michelle.
The two girls seemed very happy about coming to stay with me and also very excited. They were amazed about all the countryside we passed on the way to my house!
When we arrived at my home and they saw the size of my house and how many cars we have. We have four cars they were amazed that we could have so many. They then met my family. There is quite alot of them, infact they only met just a small portion. I introduced them to my twin sister Averil, my little sister Siobhan and my mum and Dad. Also my other members of our family; our PETS!!!!!
I have two dogs, a cat and a Bearded Dragon. They loved them all, they wanted to take so many pictures. They were fascinated that we treated our pets as part of the family. In China they do not keep many pets.
For dinner we all sat around the table apart from my parents who sat in their chair. We did sort of a buffet meal of salad bit, jacket potato, scotch eggs, mini sausages, bread rolls. We thought this would give them a choice and allow them to pick their own food. We all know there is nothing worse than having food on your plate you dont like. They actually ate loads, which shocked me, they were very very hungry.
After dinner my parents went out to the pub. Christina and Michelle were very tired so i decided to put on a dvd that Christina had brought. I then brought the duvets down stairs and we all snuggled under the duvets together eating pop corn and ice cream. This was really nice, i think they felt very relaxed as we were just getting know each other as friends.
In the morning i thought i would be nice and let them have a lie in, but when i went up stairs they were all ready up and a wake. In china they seem to get up really early where as i like my beauty sleep. HAHA. I then went and had a shower. Christina and Michelle obviously felt very comfortable as they went down stairs of their own accord with my family and ate a fried breakfast with them without me lol
After a lot of discussion we met up with the other chinese people and english group and went to Tilgate park. Here we took them to the little farm where they saw pig, sheep, cows, horses, peacocks etc. They also looked around all the lake and gardens. Alot of them really liked the gardens, thought it was very picturess.
In the afternoon we went and sat by the lake and played games and had a mini picnic. We then took them all in to Crawley as they wanted to go shopping. Which i must say none of this would have happened with out the support of all our families. MY parents bless hung around all day to give us lifts to different places, as did josh;s dad and rosies parents. THANK YOU VERY MUCH.
In crawley we let them have their own time at gave them a time to meet. They really enjoyed shopping as they had all broughts lots of money. After Crawley we all went our seperate ways. Me and emma then took my two my pub where i work and we met u[ with my sister who had just finished her shift. It is a family pub in the countryside. I took them there for a traditional roast dinner and they were very interested to see where i worked. They had never been in a pub before so were taking lots of photos. This must have looked very funny to the customers, and my colleages were very up for being photographed.
They choose to eat roast beef with yorkshire pudding. They managed to eat it all. After i dedcided to order them dessert. However this proved very difficult as they had no idea what most of them were, this put my knowlege of what was in each one to the test. In the end they decided to have ice cream!
After to the pub we took them to the Guildford Spectrum Centre. We got there an hour early so we showed them the swimming pool area, where we watched some under water hockey team. Then took them down to show them the Bowling. Michelle mentioned that she really loved Bowling so i decided to have one game with them. Michelle ended up winning the game, it was close between her and my little sister the whole way through.
We then went down to the ice skating rink. I prepared before and made sure i knew what english shoe size they were. Also i gave them a pair of gloves each to protect their hands in case they fell. We went on the ice about half 8. I took them at that time because it was the special disco night, with flashing lights and disco music. There faces were alight with excitement, they had never been ice skating before. Me and my sister Averil can Ice skate really well, so we took one each. I had Christina as she was a little more nervous and i was responsible for their safety. Averil had Michelle. We skated around holding handes so we supported them in case they fell. THey both took to the ice really well, espcially Michelle who by the end of it could skate backwards! They both were skating my themselves with us next to them of course.
I brought some sweets for the journey back home as they were hungry again. By the time we left it was about 10pm. They were both extrememly tired and fell asleep on the way home.
I was so shocked about how much they ate whilst on the home stay! on Sunday they had a Fried Breakfast in the morning, snacks and ice cream from the cafe, burger king in crawley, full roast dinner plus dessert at the pub and sweets at ice skating. A big appetite for people so small! All i have to do is look at a cake and i gain weight lol.
I learnt alot of things on the home stay. One thing that did stick in my head is how private they are. Before we went ice skating i told them to put warm clothes on, so christina took her cardi off n was wearing just a strap top. Michelle gasped and was embarressed. I didnt understand, they then explained to me that in China they like to not show too much flesh and cover up. This did not even occur to me as i dont think any thing of walking around in a strap top.
Also Christina was shocked that we were allowed to sit on the floor, and in England we sit on the floor alot. In her home and in China they never sit on the floor or if they do they sit on a sheet. I was laying on the floor watching TV and playing with my dogs.
Also they both were shocked about how much indepence we had as young people. They both said they we have so many activites near to us that we can do. Also that we went out until late at night ice skating far away with out our parents including my litle sister who was 12 who came with us. They were shocked they we did not have to call our parents at any time or did not have a deadline to be back by. Also when my mum and dad went out and left us by ourselves. they found this very strange.
Both Christina and Michelle were very comfortable at my house and became one of the family! I was surprised about how comfortable they felt, they freely got up in the morning with out me there came down and spoke to my family, ate break fast with them, had a shower with out me suggesting it.
ME and my family will stay in contact with both of them. Michelle has invited me in the future years to come stay with her and her family!! I will defiantely go to China again some day! Infact i have already emailed both of them and had a reply since they have been back in China.