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There, the weary travelers enjoyed a somewhat lighter itinerary, but managed
to visit the Vatican, the Colosseum , the Roman Ruins, the Spanish Steps and
The group also experienced a part of history that most people were watching
on television. While at the Vatican, they attended the first Mass given by the
newly chosen Pope.
Huesemann especially liked Rome.
I really enjoyed seeing the Catacombs in Paris, but Rome was my favorite
city,” she said. “I would love to go back there at some point.”
Top) From top left to right clockwise, Sam Huesemann, Alison Heifner, Chelsee Watson and Colleen Hofer put a lock on the “Love Lock Bridge” in Paris. People put padlocks on the bridge to
symbolize love that won’t die. The girls put their lock on to symbolize a friendship that will never die. (Photo courtesy of WWU)
Bottom) Huesemann, Heifner, Watson and Hofer pose with WHO in the “London Eye,” a giant ferris wheel on the banks of the Thames River. (
Photo courtesy of WWU
While in Europe, Ward observed dramatic progress in her students.
WWU students were exposed 24/7 for nine days,” she said. “I noticed a
drastic improvement from day one on the trip to day nine, from my students.
Not only did their signing improve, but they also seemed to have learned a
lot from exposure to Deaf culture/people in Europe.”
Garrett agreed, “The results of this trip and these experiences caused their
language skills to increase exponentially. It was amazing.”
Hofer said it was “good to immerse yourself in a language.” She explained
that the trip was “for the most part, signing for 10 days straight.”
Huesemann appreciated the chance to experience signing in
Many people think that sign language is the same everywhere, but that’s not
the case,” she said. “It was an awesome experience to see a native signer of
another language. I have never seen that in person.”
For Ward, the most memorable moment happened in a pub in Paris.
We went to a pub in Paris, where French Deaf people and Language Sign
French (LSF) students who learn French Sign Language go. We managed
to communicate. I met a Deaf instructor like me. We watched our students
communicate back and forth. Interesting moment!”
Huesemann was impressed by the variety of languages being used in the
At one point, there was ASL, French Sign Language and Italian Sign
Language, as well as English, French and Italian spoken languages all at one
table,” she said. “It was one of the most unique experiences I have ever had.”