Friday, March 28, 2014

Flat Teresa Finally Makes it to Nashville!

We've had a very cold and rainy spring, making it difficult to see the sights around town. We're happy to have Teresa here with us at the quintessential Nashville, Tennessee site, the Ryman Auditorium!

The auditorium first opened as the Union Gospel Tabernacle in 1892. It was built by Thomas Ryman, a riverboat captain and Nashville businessman. The building was home to the Grand Ole Opry radio broadcasts from 1943 until 1974. During this time, famous country music artists like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash performed here. It was reopened as an intimate performance venue and museum in 1994 and audiences still enjoy music in many of the original pews. The pews serve as a reminder of the auditoriums origins as a house of worship, giving it the nickname "The Mother Church of Country Music."

The Ryman Auditorium is still a favorite music venue thanks to its pitch perfect acoustics. Today, you can see bands such as Weezer, The Lumineers and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. While Nashville is still known as being the home of country music, many rock, folk and Americana artists are building their roots here thanks to the industry experts and many recording studios all over town.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Flat Mokee Meets the TUFFY the TITAN and goes to a Cal State Fullerton Baseball Game

I went to school at Cal State Fullerton and graduated with a business degree. During my studies there I was very involved with a business club. That involvement and school spirit carried over after graduation. As a result, I took you to an Alumni Association Baseball Tailgate.  The festivities started at the Golleher Alumni House. This is where you made a many new friends. 

This is a picture you took with two of your new friends. One of them being Tuffy the Titan (our mascot). 

 You also had the opportunity to be meet many other alumni. Not only that but we had Thomas Eshelman join us. He one of our best pitchers. 

You made many new friends and everyone was very pleased to meet you Flat Mokee!
After the festivities we made our way to Goodwin Field for the game.  We played against Cal State Long Beach, they're a crosstown rival. It was an intense game.

Here you are at the "Titans" wall.

Let's go check the lineups
Long Beach up to bat. HEY BATTER, BATTER!

Cal State Fullerton up to bat. GO TITANS!

Here you are at Goodwin Field with a panoramic view.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Flat Soua Rides on the "Tube"!

Do you know what else is funny here?... I went to ride on the subway today and they call it "the Tube"!!  They have lots of trains which travel underground all around London so you can get from one place to another without having to sit in traffic.  London is the biggest city in England (and about the third biggest city in Europe after Moscow and Istanbul) so there are lots of people and LOTS of cars and buses and bikes on the roads.  So, it's much quicker for me to take "the Tube"!

Here I am at a station called Moorgate which is where lots of people in London work.  It is quite Central (a little bit East) and has lots of big office buildings...

Oh, and here I am outside one of the big offices!

It's bedtime for me now though so I'll have to tell you about more of my travels soon!  Oh, one more thing... did you know that the time in England is different to the time in America? Funny huh? It's my bedtime here now but you are probably just going home from school and playing with your friends! How crazy!!

Good night!

Flat Soua goes to a soccer game...

So I see you've been talking about soccer... Well, in England they call soccer "football" which is funny because it's not like the football we have in America!  Anyway, I was able to go to a game the other day and watched Chelsea FC play against Tottenham Hotspur.  Chelsea FC is a team from London and they wear blue shirts and blue shorts and they are my favourite team!!  They won the match 4-0 - it was great!  

Go Blues!! 

Soccer (or football!) is the most popular sport in England.  They don't play baseball or American football in England, just lots of soccer and rugby!  Hmm... maybe I should try it some time.

Flat Soua Arrives in London, England!

Well hello! I'm sorry it's taken me so long to get here... I had a LONG journey all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to England.  It's a long long way away from my home in America but I've finally made it and started exploring.

First things first... look at this funny mail box I found! Over in London they are big and red and I've seen lots on the streets.

Oh and do you know what's in the background... a big red double-decker London bus! I think they like the colour red in this country!!

More photos to come from Flat Soua soon... I love London!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

*~Dinner Time~*

Flat Rose is having dinner at a Vietnamese restaurant. I love PHO!

*~Beverly Hills~*

Flat Rose hanging out at Beverly Hills

The Original Pantry

Flat Rose eats breakfast for dinner!

Mapping our adventures

We have put a map up outside of our classroom to show where we have traveled to throughout the world. We have had a lot of fun learning about all of these different cities and countries. The other students at HOPE have also enjoyed seeing the places that we are exploring. Many students have even told us about their own adventures to places across the globe.

Let's go St. Pauli!

Our class had a lot of fun reading about the soccer teams in Hamburg. So much fun, in fact, that we decided to vote on the club that we would support. And the winner is...

FC St. Pauli! Hopefully Lucas can tell us a little more about the team in addition to all of the fun things that he is doing in Germany!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A flat visitor to Alaska!

What an adventure!  We have a flat visitor to Homer, Alaska! 
First stop?  Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge!  It's all about birds here, and the adventure has just begun...

The next stop was just down the hall to take a look across Beluga Slough toward the Kenai Mountains on Kachemak Bay.  Stay tuned for more fun from Alaska!

Friday, March 14, 2014

FC St. Pauli vs. HSV = SOCCER in HAMBURG

Hi! It's great reading about everyone's adventures. 
I am having a fantastic time here in Hamburg. It's spring time and the weather is much much warmer than where you are :)

Last week, I learned about the soccer clubs in Hamburg,
Did you know there are two soccer clubs?

One is called FC St. Pauli. They were founded in 1910 and worked their way up the ranks. Their fans are unique and very liberal. They have "cult" status among soccer fans. Their logo looks like this and they are recognized by the skull and crossbones too:

The other one is called HSV. This is the one that the rest of Hamburg calls its favorite because it's one of the oldest and most famous. They have won the German championship 6 times! Their logo looks like this and the logo on the right is instantly recgonizable as HSV:

I really like soccer! HSV is a fun team to watch and blue is my favourite color. We went to a HSV fan shop:

I want to become a soccer player one day. I can't decide which team I like better. What do you think?

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

 After a long adventure across the country, Flat Dan finally made it to the West Coast and to the beautiful city of San Francisco!

He was tired from his travels and went to check out the sail boats by the beach, and to take a nap in a palm tree.

Then he took a stroll along the waterfront where he found the most curious island in the distance. It was small and hard to see but he knew it was an island called Alcatraz, and that it used to be a prison.
He imagined what it would be like to escape from it and to have to swim the cold waters of the Pacific Ocean.

At the end of his stroll he found a view of one of the most beautiful bridges in the world. 
The Golden Gate Bridge!

He was feeling adventurous and so he decided to cross it to see what was on the other side.

What did he find, well another bridge of course, but this one was covered in lights. He also found a giant bow and arrow, which was a little weird, but also kind of awesome.

What else did Flat Dan find? Tune in to the next episode of Flat Dan's Great San Francisco Adventure!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Flat Emily joined me at the Center for Wooden Boats on Lake Union in Seattle on a gray day (Seattle days are often gray this time of year).

Flat Mokee checks out some tennis at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens

When we finally passed Palm Springs and the wind farm we arrived at Indian Wells Tennis Gardens for the BNP Paribas watched the matches from the suite...SWEEEEET!!!

check out the sequence action on the serve

This is an action shot from the WTA website of the match you just watched of Caroline Wozniacki vs. Yaroslava Shvedova 

You also met professional tennis player, Jie Zheng. I think she likes you.

Flat Mokee is heading to the desert!!!

We're headed to Palm Springs...on the way there, there is a wind farm; these are very large, gigantic, ginormous, behemoth turbines that conduct energy...YEA SCIENCE!!! There are only three wind farms in California and you passed by one *high five* and this one is made up of more than 3,000 turbines...3,218 to be exact...

As you drive closer they can get a bit intimidating but you were very cool about it...HA! See what I did there?? 

Flat Mokee, welcome to California!!

Flat Mokee!!! You arrived at my mom's house in Lake Elsinore and were welcome, surrounded by me (Jorge) and my little brother (David) and sister (Martha)...Let me tell you, it was raining and it was cold, California "cold"...Although you arrived in Lake Elsinore you're going to be living in good ol' FULLERTON!!!


Sunday, March 9, 2014

The famous "Hollywood Sign" hike!

Flat Rose wants to be a star! We hiked up to the top of the famous Hollywood sign so she can sing looking over the city! What a beautiful singing voice!

Flat Rose in L.A!

Flat Rose arrives to sunny Los Angeles, California!!!!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Flat Emily in Seattle

Here's Emily in front of CenturyLink Field, the home turf of the Seahawks!

And here's Emily enjoying the view of West Seattle from Pioneer Square.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Flat Sunshine in Boone, NC!

Flat Sunshine arrived in Boone, North Carolina about a week ago and boy have we been busy!
She's visiting me at Appalachian State University, which is a college in the mountains of North Carolina. We get all sorts of crazy weather here, this weekend it was almost 60 degrees but today it is snowing! We took advantage of the pretty weather this weekend and last weekend and went hiking on two different trails. Since Appalachian State is in the mountains, we have lots of different trails to hike on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Do you want to know why it is called the Blue Ridge? Because the mountains look blue on sunny days! Here is a picture from one of the trails we went on, called Rough Ridge:
Here's another picture from a different trail we went on, called Green Knob Loop:
This week, we also went to one of the concerts at the music school at Appalachian! The Concert Band and Repertory Orchestra were playing and they played lots of cool music for us to enjoy.
Next week, all students at Appalachian are on Spring Break, so Flat Sunshine will travel home with me to go down the mountain and explore Kernersville, North Carolina!