Summer Fun: New American Style

Imagine growing up in the hot and humid, sub-tropical weather of southern Bhutan or in Eritrea where the average year-round temperature is 60 degrees Fahrenheit.  Now imagine you are resettled to Sioux Falls, South Dakota…in January.

Snow for the first time…ice…blizzard warnings…wind that hurts your face…(Talk about culture shock.)  Welcome to your new home! 

Now imagine the cold and snow slowly receding as green grass and bright flowers gradually emerge.

[Sigh]  Hello sunshine!  Hello warmth!  Hello summer!

For me, summer means early morning runs and dodging bikers on the bike trails.  It means skirts and sandals and eating my lunches outside.  It means using some of my vacation time to visit family, go camping, and spend some days beside a lake.

Curious about what our newer Americans enjoyed doing in the summer in Sioux Falls, I asked our high-level English students at LSS Center for New Americans, “What do you like to do in the summer in Sioux Falls?” Below is a list they compiled.

The Top Ten Things to do in the Summer in Sioux Falls

Falls Park (Photo courtesy of Greg Woods)

Falls Park (Photo courtesy of Greg Woods)

1) Visit Falls Park

2) Play tennis, soccer, or baseball

3) Go on a picnic

4) Go camping

5) Go swimming

Cooling off at one of Sioux Falls' many swimming pools (Photo courtesy of Julie Jordan Scott)

Cooling off at one of Sioux Falls’ many swimming pools (Photo courtesy of Julie Jordan Scott)

6) Ride a bike on the bike path

Photo courtsey of Dale Olson

Bike Path (Photo courtesy of Dale Olson)

7) Go to Thunder Road

Thunder Road (Photo courtesy of South Dakota PUblic Broadcasting photostream)

Thunder Road (Photo courtesy of South Dakota PUblic Broadcasting photostream)

8) Go to the zoo

The Great Plains Zoo is home to the Eastern Black Rhino, a native of East Africa.  (Photo courtesy of Greg Woods)

The Great Plains Zoo is home to the Eastern Black Rhino, a native of East Africa. (Photo courtesy of Greg Woods)

9) Go to a baseball game

10) Garden

Whether you’re a new American or you have lived here your whole life, summer is the perfect time to explore and enjoy what the city of Sioux Falls has to offer.

Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.   ~Wendell Berry

-Post by Kadie, LSS Center for New Americans

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