Our friends from Wuxi came to San Antonio to visit, and we wanted to give them as great a time in our city as we had in theirs.
On the first day, we wanted to show them some of the history of our city. We started with a tour of Mission San Jose, led by a very knowledgeable park ranger, to see the Spanish settlement and the spread of Catholicism. Then we journeyed into downtown for a tour of the Alamo, to explore the lead-up to Texas Independence. After a tasty pizza lunch, we continued our exploration of Texas history at the Battle for Texas experience at River Center Mall.
The Chinese students seemed amazed by the struggle against the Mexican Army, especially as our pioneer guide led us through some of the (reenacted) fighting for the fort.
We took a walking tour of downtown, culminating in a riverboat tour so the students could see the vibrant color of San Antonio daily life, and then we brought them to San Fernando for a quiet moment to cool down before introducing them to the City of San Antonio International Relations Office. They got to see Market Square as we took them to have authentic Mexican food (enchiladas!) for dinner.
Day two, the Chinese and American students served together at the San Antonio Zoo, and then got to learn to be cowboys at a ranch in Bandera. They learned to ride horses and throw a lasso, and then had traditional barbeque for dinner, just like a real ranch hand.
All in all, the first few days of their visit were a whirlwind!