The Most Remarkable Thing From My Exchange Year

I was asked to write about the thing that is most remarkable from my exchange year in the USA in less than 400 words last night. So here it is. I added some pictures too here. All these pictures taken when I walked up the hill near next to my host family’s home in the USA. Pretty, huh? It’s such a shame for me to realize that nature is cool when I was abroad, while in fact I live in Indonesia, a country with the most enchanting scenery in the world. But, it’s never too late for anything, right? So, enjoy!

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Hello, my name is Dina. I was selected in the YES program for the year 2006-2007. In my exchange year in the USA, I  lived in Williamsport, the state of Pennsylvania.  Williamsport is a small town consists of more or less 35,000 people. The thing that amazed me the most when I was in the USA was the fact that USA was not only about all those movie stars with their big shiny cars. I was born and raised in Jakarta, with its population of 17 millions people or more. I am used to malls and all those artificial things since I was a little girl, although I haven’t been very fond of them. While in my exchange year in the USA, I lived in relatively smaller town in mountainous area, with one or two deers occasionally crossed the road near my host family’s home. I lived side by side with nature. I took a walk in the woods, went to parks, went swimming in the creek, walked up hills, and even collected strawberries and pumpkins right from the barns. All those I did when I was living in America. I don’t know what people have in their minds when they hear the word “USA”. For me, what I have in mind would be those captivating sceneries on the northeast part of Pennsylvania, where I spent 11 months in a country I never set foot in before but has now become a significant part of me.

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