We’ve just welcomed a new host student, Ellen, into our host family homestay. Upon arriving in the morning, she asked if we had anything planned for the day. I admit, I kinda freaked out, I immediately thought I should have planned something! Then I remembered, guests often find magic in the mundane.
The kids needed some stuff from Kmart, so we headed off to the local shopping centre. Here I pointed out recognisable brands such as H&M and UniQlo. Many countries have differing ‘check out’ processes so this was a good introduction to our self serve, no bag provided, registers!
In the avo we popped into the local market, which is a decent size, to grab some veggies for dinner. Melbourne is known for it’s cafe culture and this influence is present at our market too. We enjoyed lattes and sampled some of the variety of foods on offer.
Ellen took lots of photos and was constantly updating her family in China during the outing. We often forget that it’s these little things which make a new country and culture fun to explore. Even the supermarket is a place of interest to your guests and, one you could introduce them to in your homestay accommodation orientation. You might even find some magic in the mundane yourself!