Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Chadd got an amazing opportunity to attend the Philadelphia naturalization ceremony with the Chow Family!

Chadd got an amazing opportunity to attend the Philadelphia naturalization ceremony with the Chow Family! Natalie and Sophie’s Mum is now an American citizen!  CONGRATULATIONS!!!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Chadd traveled to India, Dubai, and Washington DC with the Vijayapuram Family!

Chadd traveled to India, Dubai, and Washington DC with the Vijayapuram Family!  Check out the pictures and information from an amazing trip with Lasya and Aaryan!

Pictured Above: 

Location: Fort Warangal - Telangana ( India).

Description: It is a fort built by the Kakatiya Dyanasty who ruled south India for close to 200 years. One of the cool facts with the dynasty is a powerful woman (Rani Rudrama Devi) ruled as the monarch.

Location: Hyderabad (India)

Description: Chadd visited a southern part of India - Hyderabad!  He visited Charminar (Four Minarets). The Old City of Hyderabad was designed with Charminar as its centerpiece.  He also visited Birla Mandir (Balaji Temple which is constructed of 2,000 tons of pure white marble).  WOW!

On to Dubai...

Location: Dubai

Description: Chadd visited Burj Khalifa - Dubai (Saudi Arabia ). Lasya, Aaryan and Chadd had fun at Dubai Mall and Indoor Aquarium. 

Finally, on to Washington, DC...

Monday, October 23, 2017

Chadd went to his first college football game with the Boyle family!

Chadd took a trip over the weekend with the Boyle family to Blacksburg, VA where he watched the Va Tech Hokies play football against the UNC Tarheels. 

Ryan and Chadd had a great time seeing the sites and experiencing what Hokie GameDay is all about!  A 59-7 win wasn't too bad either!  Thank you Boyle Family!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Chadd traveled to the Pacific Northwest, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden with the Tucker Family!

Stella Michael and Lilly Tucker (5th grade, 3rd grade and Kindergarten) and their buddy Chadd the Charger took 2 road trips this summer!  The first was to the Pacific Northwest and the Canadian Rockies, where they visited 7 National Parks (Jasper, Banff, Waterton, Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Tetons and Mount Rainier) and 5 states.  They also visited Seattle’s Pike Place Market, where they spent 1 hour in line waiting for their famous Pike Place Chowder.  

During this trip, they drove the famed Icefields Parkway, saw fantastic landscape, and stood on a glacier and drank from it!  Amazing!  One of their favorite things they did was hike around Mount Rainier in 4 feet of snow in 80 degree weather.  They thought that was terrific! They saw lots of animals on the trip, including bison, bears, coyotes, moose, and elk.

For their second trip, they flew to “The Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland, where they witnessed some of the coolest landscape in the world.  They drove the entire island, where they saw glaciers, black sand beaches, volcanoes, tons of waterfalls, bubbling mud pots, hot springs, geysers and jagged cliffs.  They were lucky enough to wake up one night and see the Northern Lights.  They also enjoyed swimming in the Blue Lagoon and whale watching in the Greenland Sea!

They saw lots of puffins, black sheep and Icelandic horses.  Their favorite thing they ate were lamb hotdogs, which are super popular in Iceland.  They also enjoyed eating reindeer, lamb, and mussels.  

After Iceland, they flew to Norway, where they took a train ride and a cruise through the fjords.  Finally, they drove to Sweden to visit Marstrand Island.  It was a very fun trip and one that Chadd will never forget!  Thank you Tucker Family!

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chadd went to India with the Kapoor Family!

Chadd had a wonderful trip to India with the Kapoor Family!

CHADD’s trip to India...a different continent, a different culture, a different world... a place that amazes your senses and lets you discover your surroundings as if you were just born!

Summer vacation was approaching and Chadd was nervously waiting in the school office to be picked up. All of a sudden the drawer opened and he was handed to the Kapoor family! Hooray Chadd was off to India!

On July 19th, Chadd’s trip started. It was a quick ride to the Newark International Airport, where he boarded the 17.5 hours plane journey to Ahmedabad. He then took a cab to Shipra & Panash’s maternal grandma’s place in Baroda (also known as” Vadodara” a city in Western India state of Gujarat).

Cool Fact: In 1907, a small village and township in Michigan, United States, was named after Baroda.

Chadd got the currency Exchange completed (1USD = 64.20 INR) and was ready to spend!

Chadd had great fun in Vadodara chilling out at home with the Kapoor cousins, visiting parks and museums and palaces, and eating lots & lots of different Indian foods.

What fun! A Joy ride on a Toy train which was gifted to the park by the current royal family in Vadodara.

On 3rd August, Chadd and the Kapoor family took a train ride to New Delhi (Capital of India), to stay with Panash & Shipra’s Paternal Grandma & Grandpa.

Chadd visited the Eleven Figures (Hindi – Gyarah Murti): The massive, glistening black sculpture depicting Gandhi’s iconic Dandi March of 1931 stands proudly in the heart of the city. Chadd is in Shipra’s hand if you can see him…

On 8th August, Chadd went to Jaipur (India’s first planned city) from Delhi by train to see India’s true majestic past and to feel how the kings and rulers of India used to live. Jaipur, the Pink City is a very magnificent city with splendid palaces, which till date are well preserved. Its vibrant markets and feel of the city makes it a remarkable tourist destination. 

Amber Fort...hanging out on the window of the Fort!    

Next they went to Hawa Mahal (also known as the Palace of Winds): This is a most important attraction of Jaipur, located on the southern part of the city. This amazing five storied building contains a well-designed museum, depicting the past and present of Jaipur.

The Kapoor family stopped over to take pictures at Jal Mahal – Water Palace. Panash and Shipra dressed up as the locals of Rajasthan. Don’t they look cute! Chadd was too scared to go near the water.

Shipra & Chadd got down to take a panoramic view of the Jaigarh fort. Jaigarh Fort is situated on the promontory called the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the Aravalli range.    

The fort features a cannon named "Jaivana", which was manufactured in the fort precincts and was then the world's largest cannon on wheels and was manufactured in 1720.

A Memorable Elefantastic day: The last day of the trip they decided to take a round of the nearby markets and visit Elephant Village (home to hundreds of elephants).  Chadd got to ride, feed and play with Elephants!

Shipra enjoyed painting on the elephant while Chadd and Panash did some Elefun. Do you see our school name on the elephant? “Go CFES!!!”

The whole trip was very adventurous, memorable and enjoyable. Chadd met new people, tried new food and visited lots of new places. This world is an amazing place! Can’t wait for another exciting journey! Thank you Kapoor Family!