Student Blog: Twins on Tour
day 2: Henderson, NC to Frederick, Md
by Quinn McRae '12
I got up at 6:45 a.m. and somehow had energy. My host family – The Headmans — made a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, fake bacon, toast and muffins. I learned that I love blackberry preserves. We made it to church safely by eight o'clock and since the Goobers had to wait for the riser committee, we just caught up on the night before.
When we were all loaded up, we got on the buses and were informed that we would get to see a statue of Marilyn Monroe's legs. But after 5 or so minutes of driving around, we couldn't find it and had to move on. Bummer.
We then got on the long road to Frederick, Maryland and it was Magic Nap Time until lunch. The choices were mainly chain restaurants and I thought Subway would be the quick and healthy choice. Roasted chicken with a little ranch, lettuce, onion, tomato and some black olives may sound simple, but for splitting a $5 foot long, it is an elegance I can afford. Sun Chips on the side and a Dunkin Donut to go and we're on the road again.
The rest of the ride north is filled with the usual witty banter between friends and the movie, "The Hangover." Though some bumps in the highway cause the DVD to act up a bit, the movie was enjoyed by all and during the final scene, we pull up next to our destination: Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ. Same drill as yesterday night; the goober, riser and luggage committees unload, and we all disperse for 20 minutes until rehearsal.
At dinner time, we enjoy soup night. There is a selection of Creamy Potato Leek, Turkey Noodle, Vegetable and Vegetable with Beef. We also have ham sandwiches on rolls which were delicious. I had a bowl of the Potato Leek and I don't regret it to say the least. Then we dressed and performed. There were a few questionable parts in a song or two, but overall, it was a successful performance that we're all proud of.
Then its selection time again. My roommate and I, as well as two more guys, go home with a very nice young couple; a policeman and a public school administrator. I ended up sleeping in the room filled with angel statues and dolls, which at first seemed creepy, but once the lights were off I forgot all about them. We are promised bacon, eggs and donuts in the morning. Perfect.
Not all home stays have the same story though. One group of girls had the fortune to stay in a fancy bed and breakfast with themed bedrooms, sitting rooms, parlors, etc. Some guys discovered that their host family was in possession of an impressive Nerf gun collection and so proceeded to battle, as would only be appropriate. We all look forward to visiting our nation's capitol tomorrow and rocking another very fortunate congregation of the United Church of Christ.
Until then, Good night!
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