A Visitor’s View – Rodrigo In Colorado


Ever wondered what Denver is like in the eyes of a new visitor? Rodrigo, a new General English student at BridgeEnglish Denver gives us some insight on his experience in Denver:

My first impression of Denver was amazing. Well, I’m from Sao Paulo, Brazil, one of the biggest cities in the world, so I didn’t think that my thoughts would be so different. But some things really surprised me during my time here learning English.

On my first day in Denver, I was strolling on the street and an old woman nodded at me, followed by a nice smile. I thought -”Strange. She must be confusing me with someone else”. Another guy gave me the same nod and the woman after him gave me a gentle “Hi!”. And there I started to realize how nice and welcoming Denver was.

After a few weeks, I could feel the weather here. “If you don’t like Denver’s weather, you just have to wait 5 minutes”, is what they say. There are 300 days of sun here, and during the day you can feel the temperature rising as a coffee boils and decreasing as an ice cream freezes during the night. The clouds here seems like the Microsoft screen saver and the rain is also very common, but it only lasts a few minutes. Just enough time to give the citizens a good reason to open a discussion as if it was a unique or a double rainbow. I discovered why Denver is known as the “Mile High City” – the altitude is a problem if you came from a city at sea level.

Nowadays, U.S. citizens make a lot of jokes about the “Mile High City”, but is not because of the altitude. “High”, is a term used for the sensation when you smoke marijuana. Here, recreational marijuana was legalized at the beginning of this year, and they became the second state in the U.S. to legalize it. Sincerely, I wouldn’t be in favor of legalization in Brazil, a very corrupt country high murderous taxes, big drug cartels and everything. But c’mon, this is the USA!! The people here in Colorado could show how a society should deal with marijuana and all the benefits that it can provide. The state has benefited from the taxes collected at the stores, and all of them thoroughly controlled by the government and the FDA (Food and Drugs Administration). You must be more than 21 years old to consume it or even enter in a store, and is not allowed to smoke in public places. I saw a lot of marijuana stores but is very rare to see people smoking around the city. They are just allowed to use it in their homes, so you will only come in contact with marijuana if you try to find it.

Denver really surprised me in many ways. its a good place to live and a good place to visit. If  you are just like me and trying to find a calm and tranquil place for refuge, I would recommend you that come to Denver.

Take Rodrigo’s recommendation, come to Denver! Our General English program is great for those looking to learn practical English skills and experience an American lifestyle.