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March 14, 2013

Local Voices From Around the Globe: 'American-themed' party actually reminded me of home


We spent the evening dancing and having a good time. I taught everyone the “Electric Slide,” something no one had ever seen or heard of before, but loved. We listened to a wide variety of American music, most of which I knew every word to. As I naturally sang along to myself, I realized that everyone was watching me. They continued to watch in amazement and explained to me that they had never known anyone who actually knew the right words to the song. They asked if I would teach them a little bit, so I tried my best to slow the lyrics down for them. 

As funny as it may sound, as soon as I walked into the decorated party room, I felt so much closer to home. The walls were covered with huge photo murals of New York City with little catch phrases printed out they all asked me to translated because they didn’t understand. We had mini chicken sandwiches cut out into the shape of hamburgers, American dollar paper napkins, which I couldn’t help but think that were real when I saw them out of the corner of my eye, and little American flags all over the place. Although the decorations were simple, and almost a bit too stereotypical, I reminded myself that it was celebrating my country and I was more than proud. 

Ashley Bliss is a Cooperstown Rotary exchange student. Follow her adventures on her blog at

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