FLEX exchange student from Moldova reflects at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during a trip to Washington, D.C.
Adelin takes a moment to take in the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Our Awesome Trip to Washington, DC!

Our group from New Hampshire traveled by train for eight hours from Boston straight to the capital of the United States in November. Twenty of us, including a couple of host siblings and three exchange students from another region, won’t ever forget our five incredible days together. The city was amazing, and we fell in love with it quickly while walking its streets. It was so quiet compared to our last group trip to New York City, with beautiful old buildings from the 1800s everywhere, and we could feel the history of the place as we walked.

In our three full days there, we visited the U.S. Capitol, the White House, the Smithsonian Museums, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives, and we walked around all the monuments and memorials. This was one of the best trips ever! Our trip connected us as a group even more than we already were, and made us understand that it doesn’t matter where you are, but who you are with. Thanks to the other exchange students in my group for being such amazing friends!

—Adelin (FLEX, Moldova), hosted by the Cullen family (NH)