How are you today? How was the first week back at school? In Britain,
children still have one more week of Easter holiday.
During the Easter holiday, I've had two special experiences so far. Today,
let me tell you about one of these things...
A Japanese woman came to Liverpool to attend a conference and whilst she
was working I had to take care of her daughter. Her daughter is 13 and it
was her first time to travel to this country so it was important to show
her many cultural things. Of course we had Afternoon Tea because this is
part of traditional British culture. The tea parlour we went to is
on Mathew Street in Liverpool. This is a very famous street because it is
where The Beatles used to play their music. For privacy reasons, I
couldn't take pictures with the girl, however, here are some pictures from
the tea parlour...
I loved the decor and the food was great! Also, on the wall near our
table there was a proverb which I really liked. I took a picture and you
can see it at the top of this article. (By the way, "Scouser" is the word
used for a person from Liverpool.)
After eating, we then went to The World Museum in Liverpool city centre.
As well as going to the aquarium, looking at exhibits about space, and
seeing some dinosaur remains, that day there was also a special event at
the museum called "Discover Islam". I don't know about Islamic culture so
it was a new experience for me too. We could learn about Muslim art,
Arabic language, eat some authentic dishes, and also try some traditional
accessories. We decided to try henna. This is a kind of paste that is
used to decorate women's skin. A lady drew flowers on our hands using the
henna paste. Look at mine...
Afterwards, we learnt how to write our names in Arabic. The interesting
thing about Arabic is words and sentences are written from right to left,
whereas in English we write from left to right. After writing my name, I
also learnt how to write my sister's name and my niece's name. I think it
At the end of the day, my head felt full of many cultural things! It was a
fantastic experience, and I'm pleased to say the girl and her mum would
like to keep in touch with me. This was an added bonus. In fact, the girl
and her mum were as generous and appreciative as Japanese people always
are, and they gave me a souvenir from their hometown, Kagawa. Can you
guess what the souvenir was? Udon of course! One of my favourites, yay!
So, have you had any interesting cultural experiences recently? Please do
tell me about them.
Thank you for reading this, I hope you enjoyed learning about some other
cultures. Until next time, take care! Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️