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Project Consultant, Stephanie Mueller-Davis,
If you think of the United States, what do you imagine? Big
cities and the highest skyscrapers, long sandy beaches overlooking the
ocean, scenes of old western movies set in the desert Texas, the New
Orleans jazz music, the famous Golden Gate Bridge surrounded by a
breathless west coast’s sunset, interesting historical museums, natural
parks as Yellowstone...
The official language is English, but slang differs from city to city. However, some States are bilingual, such as Louisiana and Maine (English and French), New Mexico (English and Spanish), and Pennsylvania (English and German). The second most popular language is Spanish.
The interest in Arts is extensive
in cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Washington where you
can find some of the most prestigious museums of the world. American Art
reaches its peak of expression in the cinema field housed in Hollywood.
Part of the artistic and historic heritage of the United States comes
from the Native Americans, from their handmade products and totems.
You can find traces of the Apalachee Indians at Lake Jackson Mounds State Archaeological Site and at the Letchworth-Love Mounds State Park. The tropical sun makes this State popular and it's known as “The Sunshine State”. Many tourists from all over the world as well as residents from the Northern States come here looking for sun and fun . and they get it!
Florida’s coasts boast a considerable charm. The beaches are sandy, the water is clear and the climate is warm. But the best feature is the wildlife around this beautiful landscape. What more do you want?
And don’t miss the Florida Keys! The archipelago runs from Miami toward the Gulf of Mexico. The Keys are full of marine species and corals, making it the ideal place for diving, snorkelling and fishing. Some of the most famous beaches include Daytona, Palm Beach, Jacksonville, Naples, Tampa…
Amaze yourself with the abundance and rarity of shells in Sanibel and Captiva Islands! The magnificent stratification of shells is created over thousands of years by streams of the Gulf and the southern seas. Shells have an important role for the ecology of the islands and provide food for birds and fishes. The territory of Florida is also rich of many natural parks. The environment and habitats are still preserved at the J.N “Ding” National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel. And during December to March there are masses of flocks of pelicans.
Florida is home to NASA’s launch headquarters at Kennedy
Space Center. It’s “the only place on Earth where you can tour
launch areas, meet a veteran astronaut, see giant rockets, train in
spaceflight simulators, and even view a launch”.
But don’t forget the large number of natural parks which are a brilliant alternative to the theme parks. You can observe many bird species in Tosohatchee State Reserve, but also enjoy many activities like hiking, boating and camping in Wekiwa Springs State Park. And why not riding horse or fishing in Lake Louisa State Park?
Downtown Orlando is a residential and commercial area. Here you can experience the real life and nightlife of the city outside the usual tourist tour route.
Miami offers many amusing attractions. The Seaquarium is an opportunity to observe the magnificent exhibitions of sea turtles, seals and sea lion.
If you love animals, you can also explore in an adventurous way the marshland of the Everglades National Park via bicycle trails or by kayak, canoe. If you are lucky you can see alligators, turtles, manatees and, one of the rare Florida panthers who call the Park home. The Everglades National Park is in southern Florida, half land and half water, and is a fragile ecosystem that hosts a large variety of animal species and plants. It’s “the 3rd largest national park in the lower 48 states, behind Yellowstone National Park (2nd) and Death Valley National Park (1st)”.
Before you leave on your placement with Travellers, we will send you LOTS of information about your placement and about the country itself, with travel tips, useful info on the culture, money, banking hours, transport, where to go an what to see.