Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Chadd goes to Galapagos Islands and Quito in Ecuador with the Tucker Family!

Stella, Michael, and Lilly Tucker went on an adventure to the Galapagos Islands and Quito in Ecuador and brought along their good friend, Chadd the Charger! 

While in the Galapagos, they saw several different species of animals, including sea lions, marine iguanas, sea turtles, flamingoes, pelicans, sharks, and blue footed boobies. They snorkeled, visited a giant tortoise reserve, explored lava tunnels, built sand castles on the beach, ate ceviche, and went bird watching.  

After the Galapagos Islands, they flew to Quito, which is the capital of Ecuador.  There, they toured churches, played at the Parque Carolina playground, visited the monument on the equator and enjoyed the local cuisine.  They also took a cable car to an altitude of 13,300 feet.  Their favorite place was the Mindo Cloud Forest, where they ziplined 250 feet above the rainforest, hiked to several waterfalls and visited a chocolate factory, where they learned how chocolate was made!!!

It was a very fun experience for all! Thank you so much Tucker Family!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Chadd went with Mrs McCloskey and her family on a road trip this summer!

Chadd and the McCloskey Family had a stop in Memphis to see Graceland and some other tourist spots. Then headed on down to Lubbock, TX to drop Mrs. McCloskey's oldest daughter off for her Freshman year at Texas Tech University. 

Chadd had a tour of the campus and got to hang out with Samantha in her dorm. It was a whirl wind of a trip but they all had fun getting Samantha settled before heading home for the start of the school year at CFES. 

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chadd goes to China with the Carroll Family!

Chadd had an amazing trip with the Carroll family visiting China!

Here Chadd and Tucker are heading to Hong Kong on at 15 hour flight! 

One of many Chinese Temples...

 Dinner at JUMBO - a floating restaurant...

Victoria Harbor...

  Disney- Space Mountain Hong Kong...

Chadd went to Singapore and Cambodia with the Krausz family!

Chadd visited Singapore and Cambodia with second grader Liam Krausz and his dad this summer.
They started their trip in Singapore, where they explored a World War II-era fort, walked the city’s cultural neighborhoods, visited the zoo and night safari, hiked through old growth rain forest, and ate their way through Chinese, Indian, Malaysian, and Peranakan food stalls at the city’s hawker centers.
From Singapore, Liam and Chadd flew to Siem Reap in northern Cambodia, where they loved riding on “Tuk Tuks,” open air rickshaws pulled by motorcycle used to get around town.  Liam got to climb through the ruins of ancient temples and walled cities rising out of the jungle, including a sunrise visit to Angkor Wat, and learn about the history of Khmer empire from their local guide, Rom.  Liam also had the chance to visit a traditional arts workshop and see wood and stone carving, silk painting, and lacquer being made.  
One of Liam’s favorite memories from his visit to Cambodia was an evening food tour led by a local chef visiting local-serving restaurants and markets.  Liam got to try fried crickets, fermented river fish, and barbecued stuffed frogs among other local specialties.  The highlight of the night was visiting a restaurant in the countryside serving only one dish, duck soup, made from ducks and vegetables raised and grown on site in the chef’s own fields and gardens.  There Liam met the chef’s seven-year-old daughter who shared her dreams of one day moving to Australia to start her own bakery.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Chadd goes on an amazing trip to Russia, Estonia, Finland and Denmark with the Selander Family!

Chadd ended his summer vacation in part of the world where the summer sun rarely stays set, with a trip through Russia, Estonia, Finland and Denmark with Nara (grade 3) and Sage (grade 1) Selander!

Here, Chadd takes in the sites of Tallinn's Song Festival Grounds with a statue of Estonia's most famous composer Gustav Ernesaks. 

He wonders if Chadds Ford Elementary would allow him to paint the school library ceiling to look like the famous Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia and ponders the view from the throne of the former Tsars. 

With the Olympics in Rio underway during the trip, he paused to admire the 1952 Summer Olympic Stadium in Finland from a statue of the "Flying Finn" Paavo Nurmi, who set 22 Olympic records in running.

He ended the trip by posing in the Copenhagen, Denmark airport with a local version of the Little Mermaid statue and two girls who are excited to get back to school!

Thank you Selander family!!!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Chadd goes to Thailand with the Surarujiroj Family!

Chadd had an amazing trip to Thailand with soon-to-be 2nd grader Pryya Surarujiroj and her family!

Chadd and Pryya went to Thailand in July and August 2016. They visited her family and relatives both in Chiangmai and Bangkok. They went to many places and joined many activities in Chiangmai, Bangkok, and Pattaya. They visited temples, palaces, a national park, a floating market and went to the beach! 

They had fun riding an elephant and ox carriage. They went rafting, and dressed up in the hill tribal suit. They dined the northern style meal and enjoined the traditional dances. Last but not least, they experienced Thai dancing and went to school with Thai kids! It was such an amazing and unforgettable experience ever!

Thank you Surarujiroj family!!!