First we were a little bit scared about the trip, first time so far away from home, first time an other languages and only the "new" language... We were in the states for two months and first we wouldn't do any trips, only learning english at ELC. But on our first school day there was an information room and we saw the map of the program from California Explorer. We have seen the picture of Yosemite and we desided to do that one trip.
On our second weekend in Santa Barbara we did that trip with California Explorer and Mats! We went to Yosemite National Park, what a great place! We have traveled so long to the States and also from Santa Barbara to the park, but the view and the hike were so amazing that we forgot all the stress we've had in the last two weeks! And you can believe me, we're both not people that are usually doing hiking in the freetime at home ;)
After that trip we decided to do more trips with California Explorer; San Francisco, Las Vegas, Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, a Dodgers baseball game and surfing followed to Yosemite. Every moment we felt home and safe with that company, and especially with Mats. Also, the other guides were so friendly and helpful! Thank you guys! With that great company we have made so many great experiences I can't explain, you have to experience it yourself. It's cheap and just great!
The trips are cheap and everything fix every time, for us it was a great experience to learn more about the State and the people there. And I'm sure if you would need some help with other problems in the States or with the language, these peolpe will help you! We've made some friends for life, and not only for the holidays! Thank you California Explorer and thank you Mats! we hope to see you soon in Switzerland or latest next year in the States!!
Written by Michaela from Switzerland (Former ELC Santa Barbara student).