Exchange postcard

Dallas Collins is from St Joseph’s High School Aberdeen in the Hunter Valley, on exchange to Legacy High School in Broomfield Colorado.

Dallas and I arrived in Denver Colorado on 20 December and we have been having so much fun, the experience of a lifetime. We got our white Christmas. New Year’s Eve was a very cold day, followed by an even colder (freezing) night (-13c), but we still braved it and ventured out for the 9pm fireworks in downtown Denver.

We've eaten at some pretty great places and if there is a line out the door, this is a good thing. Some number one places we have eaten at so far are Snooze, Cherry Cricket, Johny B Goods Diner, Tap House for the American Famous Chicken Wings and Voodoo Doughnuts.

We’ve been snowboarding at Breckinridge a few times, but I’m still learning, and Dallas is a pro. We’ll be venturing to the other ski fields at some stage.

Some places and sports in Denver we have checked out so far are the Denver Zoo lights, which were nice, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which was a great place to check out and will take up a full day.

We went to a Colorado Avalanche Ice Hockey game and have also been to the Denver Nuggets Basketball. We experienced our first snowstorm the day we walked out of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science when the temperature was -20c, and we decided it would be a great idea to walk home.

On our first long weekend, Dallas and I ventured to Steamboat Springs, which was a really nice ski town. The hot springs were nice and the dog sledding through Routt National Forest was amazing. We were expecting a private tour and then we were told that we were leading a pack of huskies through the forest. One of the best lifetime experiences you will ever have. One tour we highly recommend to everyone.

Australia Day celebrations were in Parker Colorado and we caught up with everyone on exchange and met past teachers and spouses who had done exchange. It was nice to catch up with everyone and hear the many stories of the schools and their adventures so far.

Cooking in Denver has been an experience. We cooked a batch of ANZAC biscuits and they were not the best, but then found out if you add more flour and less butter, they work. It also takes longer to cook pasta and other types of dishes due to altitude.

Dallas is really enjoying Legacy High, but the one thing everyone seems to say is they are such long days. I am enjoying my new title of Tour Guide and Housewife, which is a very important role.

Jane Collins

Jane Collins