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Back in the US of A!

(Just for a little though)


I'm posting this right after having landed in Boston's Logan International. It's the first time ever for me in this historic city and I'm quite excited to be here. My colleague Bill Martin and I are excited to represent WSA Europe at the 2011 Forum for Education Abroad. It's a bit strange though coming back into the US into an unfamiliar city after being outside the country for over three months. The whole "re-entry" and "re-integration" real and I definitely feel a bit out of place. Even though I find myself in the US, I'm constantly catching myself eavesdropping on an English conversation or giving American electric outlets a double take.

My colleague and I booked the top-rated hostel in Boston which after I arrived is somewhere between a halfway house and a hostel. While it has respectable ratings online, the funky smell that accosts you as you enter would beg to differ. The included breakfast is solid though and the location is great--just 3 blocks from the conference location.

Today, I think I'll stroll over to Harvard's campus after I take care of all the prep work for the Forum

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Mallory Dirks, Simpson College

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I chose to do this rather than book my own trip in Rome - I wanted to experience one organized/sight-seeing trip rather than a relaxing vacation like many of my others had been. Two friends and I signed up for WSA Rome and don't regret a thing. We met wonderful people, were led by an awesome tour guide Rhianne, and got to see everything I wanted to see in Rome. Plus eat all the best food. There is an optional dinner on the last night that we didn't do right away, but we ended up going to it, and it was SO worth the 20 euro. I made memories and friends, and got to see a beautiful, historic city thanks to WSA!!

Mallory Dirks, Simpson College ~ University of Roehampton, London, Fall 2015

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