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My First Experience: Snow | Douglas Gonçalves do Nascimento

posted Apr 8, 2015, 6:45 AM by Mick McLennan   [ updated Apr 8, 2015, 6:45 AM ]

Brazilian Au Pair, Doug, shares his first time experiencing snow in America and attended Winter Trails Day with his Host Family. 

After arriving in America, as an Au Pair with Go Au Pair, I couldn’t wait to see snow! One day, in the middle of November, it finally came down. It was so much fun to see the happiness it brought to my Host Kids. They couldn’t wait to go out and play in it! They were running around, trying to catch snowflakes, and I thought, "wow this is amazing”! Then, a couple hours later, there was enough to build a tiny snow man. When it was all done, my Host Kid gave him a bite, eating part of the head and the nose; which was a little carrot.
In Utah this year, there hasn’t been as much snow as is typical, but we did get a white Christmas. Santa brought us sleds and we were able to go sledding down the hills on Christmas Day. It couldn't have been more fun!
On January 10, my Host Kids and I (along with their aunt and cousins) went to a snowshoeing and cross country ski festival called Winter Trails Day.  The event took place in North Fork Park in Eden, Utah and was hosted by Ogden Nordic. We participated on a treasure hunt activity for the kids while snowshoeing. The kids walked along the trail looking at a map in search of points so that they can win prizes. 
They were very excited! Then, at the end, every kid got a medal and hot cocoa. We had an amazing and fun morning and I am so glad that I got to share this with them. This experience taught me a lot about the American culture, as I never would have been able to experience this in Brazil. I am so thankful that the really nice people at Ogden Nordic put this event together and my Host Family took me to participate in the fun. This was a truly memorable way to experience snow for the first time; along with my Host Family, kids and friends.  We will all be going back next year!