Time Out, Toronto … We’re Niagara Bound!

2 08 2009

As you may have surmised from previous posts, the Jenkins family is in the midst of an epic journey.  Last weekend, we crossed over the Canadian border and headed for Toronto.  Where else would a couple of Midwesterners practice Spanish, eh?

We made it through the first week of language acquisition training and can now enunciate better than Dan Rather and produce sounds we never imagined existed in language.  What is language acquisition training?  Two words:  “phonetics” and “practice.”  An incredibly sweet and encouraging Panamanian “mujer,” who found her way to Toronto some 13 years ago, has been working with us on building upon our Spanish.  In addition, we’ve been learning lots of techniques for learning a new language.

To celebrate the completion of the first week of training and to get a bit of a break from our host city, we headed out to Niagara Falls for a quick day trip.  (Us and half of the other 1 million “additional” tourists who showed up to Toronto this weekend for “Caribana.”)  The visit to the falls was the first for Dan and our three kids, and they were appropriately awe-inspired by the majesty of God’s creation.  (The Vegas-style tourist traps, we could do without.)

Caleb's wet "noodle" in the mist of the Horseshoe Falls.

Caleb's wet "noodle" in the mist of the Horseshoe Falls.

Emma, the "Maid of the Mist."

Emma, the "Maid of the Mist."

 

Niagara Falls, shadowed by Emma's beauty.

Niagara Falls, shadowed by Emma's beauty.

God's fingerprint. (Niagara Falls)

God's fingerprint. (Niagara Falls)

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5 08 2009
tresninos

I loved the falls! emma

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