Has anyone ever been on vacation and not enjoyed it as much as you thought you would? I had that experience in Jamaica, mon. There are some really beautiful parts of the country, but there is also extreme poverty. I grew tired of being continuously asked by locals if I wanted my hair braided or if I wanted to buy marijuana (which I learned about 20 new names for). We did have a funny moment when my husband, eager to explore the "topless beach", discovered that the only women that were going topless (and burning fiercely) were 60+ year-old British women. Sorry - I don't have any pics of that! ;D
Here are a couple of pics of the beauty of Jamaica, in my classic non-digital average quality camera style (aka my "retro" photos):
One of my favorite local parks is Como Park in St. Paul, MN. It has a beautiful conservatory, indoor plant and animal exhibits, an outdoor zoo, a Japanese garden, and a lovely restored carousel. This year they added a butterfly garden. It is in the shape of a giant monarch caterpillar, and contains hundreds of butterflies, as well as many species of plants that attract them.
The first photo was not taken by me, but I wanted to show you the outside of the exhibit:
One of my favorite local parks is Como Park in St. Paul, MN.
A great idea with a caterpillar shaped butterfly garden. And the vivid pictures of butterflies certianly will help me get through the sunless morning. Some butterflies seem familiar to me. I am starting to wonder if there are same butterflies in our both continents or were they imported as an exhibits. Btw. the name Lake Como may suggest there were a lot of Italian immigrants in the region, which longed for Lago Como in Italy
a picture found in the web to give the idea what they longed for
Thanks for the story of 'your' Como Lake! Charles Perry you say? Hmm, what he could have been... Carlo Perri?
I wonder why did people change names to Anglo-Saxon sounding.
He may very well have been Carlo Perri! A lot of people changed their names when they came to the U.S. Some did it to hide their ethnicity. I suppose for others it was just easier to have a more anglicized name or spelling/pronunciation/etc. of their name. In our family's case, the overall spelling was very close - all of the consonants remained the same - but the vowels evolved as family members went from Italy to Switzerland to the U.S.
I think that the timing of immigration and the area the immigrants settled in were also a factor. For example, in Minnesota the first big wave of European immigrants were from Norway, Sweden, Germany, and Ireland (1850s and before). Those groups are kind of revered in this area. The next wave included Polish, Czech, Italian, French, and Finnish immigrants. But there was often tension between these "old" and "new" immigrants. Now that I have traced one line on my father's side to Italy, family members have told me that it was good that they did not know about their "official" Italian heritage growing up, as the Germans and the Italians did not socialize together. Since my great-grandfather emigrated from Switzerland he was marked as being "Swiss-German", which was probably more acceptable in Minnesota because of the heavy German population. The Italian heritage wasn't really discussed, nor was the Polish heritage, which was simply categorized as German. A line on my mother's side is from Luxembourg, Poland, and Hungary, and yet family members told me they were German as well.
It is interesting to note that larger groups of Polish immigrants began to arrive in Minnesota in the 1850's, primarily from German-controlled western Poland. However, since Poland did not officially exist at that time, U.S. census takers were officially instructed not to record Polish immigrants as being Polish, though some still did. In Minnesota, since most of the Polish immigrants spoke German they were counted as Germans.
Oh geez, I see that have delved into another immigration/family history discussion. Sorry, I know this is not the thread for that topic. It is obviously a topic of immense interest to me and it doesn't take much to get me started on a (lengthy) discussion. Although technically family history research has been a most 'excellent adventure' to me!
In Chicago, not far from Midway Airport, on Archer Ave. is a large school to my distance cousin, and the sign is Maria Sklodowka-Curie. Many people in that area, don't even know who this great women was.
Sorry, I know this is not the thread for that topic. It is obviously a topic of immense interest to me and it doesn't take much to get me started on a (lengthy) discussion. Although technically family history research has been a most 'excellent adventure' to me!
Okay, back to our photos...
Gigi, the thread title is 'our adventures', we may as well include intellectual adventures in it You have brought some very interesting facts which were not known by me to the full extent. Would it be correct, based on your experience, to say that under the name: US, the melting pot, the active process takes place? It was obvious to me that 'the melting pot' works in relation to fresh immigrants. But I didn't know the process is active in relation to immigrants who arrived in US as long as 200 years ago. If I compare it with the only ethnicity-mixing situation I can say I do know which is Poland - it is so much different. Thanks for sharing your story!