The first lecture…..

Despues de los dos primeros dias (Saturday and Sunday) que fueron una toma de contacto con el lugar y la gente (ya me conozco los nombres y los asocio con sus paises y mas o menos nos sabemos todos la vida y milagros mas relevantes de cada uno de nosotros), ya me siento como en casa, la piscina y el gym integrados en la vida diaria (ademas no hace falta pagarlos, solo ser un estudiante de este campus como somos, eso me parece una de las mejores cosas de las universidades de aqui) y ademas en el comedor del campus tienen mi te favorito (tetley), me parecio mas que un buen presagio.

On Monday we had our first lecture at 8.30 about “<!–[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 <![endif]–><!–[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]–> American Democracy: Continuing Debates over Rights and Obligations“. Frank Couvares told us about “How it all started” the first people that came to America and the reasons they had to come to New England: to get ahead (economical reasons), to be left alone (political reason) and to be perfect (religious reason)…………..American society was diverse almost from the beginning and there were so many different groups that tolerance and individual liberty was inevitable, and that is the basics of the Constitution.

The second session on Monday was about the education system in our countries with all the contrasts.  Later we got the library card and had a quick visit around it physically and virtually. After that I really needed to go for a swim, Suha (from Israel) came with me and then also Hisato (Japan, obvious, isn’t it?) and David (New Zealand). We had a long swim, the American flag looking at us from the ceiling.

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