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
1) Visit Falls Park
2) Play tennis, soccer, or baseball
3) Go on a picnic
4) Go camping
5) Go swimming
6) Ride a bike on the bike path
7) Go to Thunder Road
8) Go to the zoo
9) Go to a baseball game
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