Monday, September 05, 2005

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts....

I have gotten a lot of requests for items to bring back. I am allowed to bring one suitcase to Japan (which will be a feat in and among itself since I took two suitcases totaling almost a hundred and thirty pounds to Costa Rica!). However, I am allowed to bring two suitcases back for some reason. I plan to bring my large duffle bag from L L Bean that I can fold up tiny in the suitcase (to maximize what I can bring thereā€¦ha!). This bag will be solely for gifts and materials I receive from Japan.

I have had a few requests already for things to bring back including tea for Mrs. Trentanelli, a doll for Mrs. Phillips-Brown and Mrs. Hunter and jewelry for my mom. I usually collect bowls from places, but after carrying back the large bowl from Costa Rica (through two airports, customs and numerous cab rides), I am going to try to find something a little easier! I am planning to collect small squares of bright satin fabric from all over for my mom to sew me a giant quilt. I also want to bring back books/magazines, candy/food and other little things for my students.


Does anyone have any other ideas? Any special requests? Post them here and I will see what I can do!

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Alpine,
I have two ideas for things you should bring back. I think it would be cool for you to bring back a top selling cd back for your classes to hear, just becasue I have no idea the type of music that is popular there and I'm sure not many do. I'm not sure if you will be talking to students or anything but if you do talk to teachers and students it would be cool to set up a penpal thing for your classes. I don't know if that would be too difficult to do but if you could do that it would be really interesting.

Kate Andrews

8:57 PM  
Blogger katherine fox said...

Well Miss Alpine....I think you should bring back some Japanese artwork - this can often be packed flat at the bottom of a suitcase, or rolled up for multiples (and would look nice in my new condo). Also, Japanese FASHION!! No suprise...you knew that was coming. But they are seasons ahead and in such an authentic and edgy way...I need to lay off work;) Be safe and enjoy the journey! It's all a part of the lump sum of life! Oh, and you should probably stop in FL on your way to or from!

love and miss!

10:59 PM  
Anonymous Mike G. said...

Miss Alpine,

If you remember, could you try bring back a local newspaper from your trip? I probably won't be able to read it, but I think it would be cool to see what kind of stories they have.

Thanks!

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Coni Steverding said...

The garden in your hotel is so serene and exquisite. I would spend a lot of time there reading and writing. You should make sure to record all the sights, sounds, and smells of this wonderful place. So much of the Japanese art I have seen depicts natural landscapes such as this garden. You will have to let us all know what you learn in your class about these nauture paintings.
I am so thrilled for you Miss Alpine, but do you think you could fit me in your suitcase and take me on your trip? I know you can only take one, but I will eat little and do your homework for you. Let me know. If you can't take me, I guess you will have to be so vivid in your entries that it will make me feel like I am there.

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Marjorie Villegas said...

Wow Rachele!!!
How exciting!! Good for you... you're flying high.!!
Best regards and good luck from your Costa Rican family

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget your favorite AUNT AND LAUREL !!! They would be happy with a postcard!!!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Traci Arcaro said...

Miss Alpine,
I really think that you should bring back something that is a symbol of Japanese culture. A kimono would be a great idea. It would be easy to bring back, and would not be a heavy load. It is a perfect gift. You can pick out the one that matches your style and fits your personality. It would make a terrific gift for anyone. Our English class would probably love to see one up close also.

8:14 PM  
Blogger Miss Alpine said...

Thanks so much for your ideas so far, I will try to bring all these items back.

Katie- I love the c.d. idea. I'm hoping that some of you will help me make one to bring over to Japan so they can see what you listen to.
I will also try to collect letters from you and any other interested students with your addresses and see if we can get a pen-pal thing going (or maybe we should set it up on Blackboard...hmm...).

Katherine- I will try to bring some artwork back, but it might just be an artistic postcard!

Gorman- A newspaper sounds really interesting. I think it would also be interesting to bring back a magazine or two (maybe a movie start one and sports one) back to look at.

Traci- I am going to try to bring back a kimono, but I hear that they are very expensive. I will see what I can do. Regardless, I'll make sure to bring back a lot of things for you to look at (and maybe some food/candy to sample!).

9:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Alpine,

I think it is so cool how you get to go to japan. I hope you have fun and make sure you take alot of pictures and bring them to class when you get back so we can see what their school looks like and the house you saty at looks like.

Have fun!
Kristen

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Amanda said...

I want one of those funny dinosaur dolls. LOTS AND LOTS OF HELLO KITTY STUFF.. and some cute clothes!

10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Miss Alpine:
A thimble is small. I am sure my son would give you the money for it so that he could get it for his mom for Christmas. She collects them. It would help mom overlook a grade or two that was not up to par. What do you think?

2:03 PM  
Blogger Miss Alpine said...

I would be happy to bring back a thimble! I think I would be able to fit that somewhere! The only problem is....you didn't leave a name. Please let me know who you are and if there is a specific type you collect. Thanks! You can post back here or e-mail me at:
alpiner@perry-lake.k12.oh.us

5:34 PM  

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