International visitors enjoy music Texas-style

SHERMAN, TX - The sounds of Hot Summer Nights may be a tradition for Texomans. But for some people in attendance Thursday night, our music was a whole new world.

"Actually we don't listen to this in Brazil," said Gustavo Selva, a visitor from Brazil.

"Yeah, in the Netherlands we have different music. But I like rock music. So that's kind of like the Texas thing I guess," said Steffi Vervuurt, a visitor from the Netherlands.

Twenty-five young adults from 16 different countries are in the area this week to find out what Texas is all about.

"We have kids from Europe, South America, from China this year. This is our first year to have China," said Heather Raynsford, a Julien camp board member,

The Julien C. Hyer camp is the oldest co-ed youth camp of its kind.

With the help and sponsorship of area Lions Clubs, youth from all over the world are taking a 5 week trip across the Lone Star State.

"It's not always possible to travel the world and see the world. But we bring them together to see the world through each others eyes for five weeks," said Raynsford.

During their whirlwind trip they are visiting some of Texas' biggest cities like Dallas and Austin.

But they're also spending a week in Texoma...and in Lubbock.

"Some people may say 'why Lubbock?' It's what they expect to see Texas to look like," said Raynsford.

"I thought they were all cowboys wearing the hats and the boots and just listen to country music," said Selva

"I thought people were riding on horses through the streets and maybe people in cowboy suits. But everybody is just normal and my mind changed about it," said Vervuurt.

Since the trip has changed their perspective on Texas, they'll be leaving with some lasting memories.

"I like it really much. The weather is better than in the Netherlands and the people are so nice and the food is really good. I like the food," said Vervuurt.

"Thank you for the Texans. You are so good. I appreciate that. Thank you," said Selva.


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