Spring break adventures in Sioux Falls part 2

So I am currently in the car on my way back to Decorah after a great 10 day spring break in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with Elliot one of my roommates here at Luther. Looking back at my time here it has been filled with trying a lot of new stuff for the first time intertwined with a lot of downtime to do much needed relaxing after an insanely busy first seven weeks in this semester. In case you missed the first part of this blog from Sioux Falls make sure to read it here.

We spent a day just lounging about in the house on Sunday, after the excitement of the fire alarm at the South Dakota symphony orchestra performance the previous night. That night we watched the musical Rent. It was my first time seeing Rent even though I have heard wonderful things about it. It was also interesting to see the similarities and the differences between Puccini’s La Boheme, which it is based on. I ended up really enjoying Rent and it is definitely one of the best musicals I have ever seen. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has not seen it yet.

On Monday, Elliot and I decided that we need to get out of the house and enjoy some of the nice weather we had because it was supposed to snow later in the week. So, we went to a butterfly house which also serves as a mini-aquarium. After touching a couple of stingrays and sharks in the aquarium we walked to the butterfly house. It was the most surreal and fascinating experience at the same time. We were surrounded by more than 2,000 butterflies of different species. Most of the butterflies, which had grown accustomed to humans, zipped by us showcasing their beautiful wings, while some of them were laying around on the flowers. I could have sat there for hours just looking at the butterflies.

The next day again we decided to take advantage of the warmer weather and went to the zoo here in Sioux Falls. I have never been to a zoo before, so this was my first zoo experience. While some of the animals from the African region were not out because it was still too cold for them, I still got to see four giraffes, a cheetah, and a leopard. I had always wanted to see a cheetah after seeing only videos of their graceful running. I also saw a lot of penguins. The highlight of the zoo trip though was seeing the grizzly bear, which was probably just coming out of hibernation. It would walk for a few step before sitting down and catching its breath, and then it did the same thing again. It was putting on quite a show for the people at the zoo.

The rest of the week leading up to Easter, we spent the days relaxing, trying different cuisine around town catching up on some homework. Friday, Elliot’s had his aunt and her two daughters at the house and we started decorating Easter Eggs. If you had read my baking blog you would know that I am not the most creative type and it was the same situation again while we were decorating Easter eggs. While everyone else did intricate designs I settled with doing some “modern art”. On Easter, after a very beautiful service at the local church we had an Easter egg hunt, which was again my first time. I got a lot of sweets and chocolates during the egg hunt. A lot. A lot.

Heading back to Luther now, I am really glad that Elliot invited me to Sioux Falls. I had not been off campus for a long time, and it was great to be away. I got to experience a lot of stuff for the first time in Sioux Falls, which was great. In addition, the 10 day spring break has got me sort of excited to get back to school for the second seven weeks of the semester. I know... sounds weird right... I am actually excited for school.

Hope you had a great spring break yourself and Happy Easter,

Ismail.

Look at that butterfly showing off its beautiful wings..
The lazy grizzly bear at the zoo.. Dude just came out of hibernation
Check dem easter eggs out

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