Who doesn’t like a good festival, right? I basically love any type of festival – sports, food, art. Music festivals are probably at the top of the list though. Anyway, so when I saw that there was a chocolate and cheese festival in Salt Lake City (which is only about 30 min away from Park City by car), I new that I had to get me a piece of that sweet chocolate pie. So on Sunday morning, after I made us some pancakes – seeing as I was in a pre-festival moo – Kyra and I took an Uber to the Utah Natural Museum of History. This was the first time that we saw the Museum and I must say, I think it’s a beautiful building!

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Front of the Museum

Honestly, it wasn’t a very big festival and it felt more like a Chocolate and cheese market, but it didn’t disappoint none the less. We were immediately drawn to the vendors selling anything made from caramel. Personally I love cheeses too, but I always feel like I’m not enough of a grown-up to buy cheese anywhere other than at the supermarket – don’t expect me to explain that logic. So the selections basically varied from an array of caramels, cookies,cheeses and chocolate bars, truffles and all sorts of baked goods to spreads, jams and some shweet drinks. I think it took us about 2 hours to wander through all the vendors before we decided to go and sit down for our 2nd breakfast for the day: Cupcakes and coffee. While munching away we took inventory of what we had bought and here’s what was most popular with the 2 African girls:

Millcreek Coffee Roasters,  Sugared Caramel Candy,  Cupcakes by Kasthuri,  Chocolot,  Fillings and Emulsions,  V Chocolates, The Chocolate Conspiracy, Xocai Healthy Chocolates  and  omNom Chocolate.

Seeing as we already had passes for the museum then, we decided to check out the gecko exhibition which lead into the pigeon exhibition. Yeah. Gecko feet are the cutest.

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Just a couple of pigeons

We were quite beat after our day at the museum, but we decided that since we were in Salt Lake City already, we might go do some some shopping while we were at it. Joke’s on you, was the response that we got from the City. Everything, as in everything is closed here on a Sunday. We learnt that this was because everything that we were close to, was owned by the Mormon church. Another thing owned by the Mormon church though, was not closed – Temple Square. Since we wanted to go and see the square anyway, that was our next stop. These buildings are soo beautiful, and it was definitely very interesting getting to walk through them. Salt Lake City was founded by a couple of Mormon followers who extensively cultivated this arid valley, that according to some of the people we spoke to, nobody else wanted. Salt Lake City is home to the headquarters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints  and is host to one of the biggest Mormon communities. If you are like me, interested in History and Religious History, it’s a pretty informative and cool place to visit. We were super tired by now, and got some Starbucks and got out of there, back to Park City after a pretty successful day exploring SLC.

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Temple Square

Things I miss: My Friends, not having to convert everything in my head to a different unit and sunshine.

More differences…

A babysitting culture:

Since I got here I have been approached by at least 10 different people who are in need of a babysitter. They only know me through the family that’s hosting me at the moment, but other than that they have no clue as to who I am. Of course they get to know me a little before I babysit and sometimes ask me for references, but I still find it so mind-blowing that they trust me to look after their toddlers. I know that I’m good with kids and that you can basically trust me with your life when it comes to taking care of your kids, but I often realise that they don’t know that and that means that they are just naturally very trusting. I don’t know if that’s just the case in Park City, but I find it so interesting sometimes. I guess the reason why this is so weird to me is because babysitting is not a big thing in Namibia at all. I’ve always really loved babysitting, but growing up in Namibia, nobody ever really needed anyone to babysit. Maybe its because most families live in such close proximity to each other that they can usually just ask the grandparents or other family members to babysit, but I also think that parents trust other people less easily with their children there. That’s just the way we grow up there though, I can’t remember being babysat once in my life by someone that I didn’t know really really well. What is cool about the American Culture with regards to that though, is that most parents still go on weekly dates or to events with friends very often, and the kids are mostly so good with new babysitters too, because they’re used to it I guess. The kids are so different too. American kids are mostly super confident, well spoken and unapologetic whereas kids back home are often a little more shy and please and thank yous are law.

Tips on living abroad:

1.Join a sports club and the league or another specific group – it’s the easiest way to meet a lot of people fast!

Coming up, my week in New York!

Absoliefde,

Mariska

 

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