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Hot dogs and history in the cradle of the American Revolution

With a prominent role in the settling and formation of the United States, Boston remains a hotbed of political activity to this day. Home to dozens of colleges and universities, it’s also a mecca for intellectuals of all stripes: refugees and rebels, activists and industrialists, philosophers and physicists, among so many others.

We found an ideal temporary home with the British School of Boston and quickly settled into an American way of life, enjoying Red Sox games and strolls along the Charles River. Our proximity to renowned educational institutions such as Harvard University allowed us to attend lectures by Al Gore and access multiple museums and libraries.

On a five-day excursion to Washington, D.C., we brushed up on five centuries worth of news and journalism history at the massive Newseum, spoke with Holocaust  survivor Jacqueline Birn at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and visited the circular Hirshorn Museum to view Ai Weiwei’s “According to What?” exhibit, which gave us the opportunity to deepen our understanding of his political motives. Virginia’s Arlington Cemetery provided a powerful reminder of those who have given their lives in the name of American freedom and set the stage for our tribute to America’s founding fathers through visits to The Thomas Jefferson Memorial, The Lincoln Memorial, and The Washington Monument. We also visited New York City, where we visited museums, toured the diverse neighborhoods, and even took in a comedy show.

Yuan Kelly

on her favorite United States experience:

During Boston we had a weXplore in New York, and that is probably one of the weXplores that changed my life.

TGS organized for us to have a private session with Taylor Mali to work on our slam poetry and presentation skills. After that, we had an actual TGS poetry slam in the Gotham Comedy Club, which is crazy! Slam poetry is now such a big part of my life.

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Activities

•The Newseum
Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
•Arlington Cemetery
•Lincoln Memorial
•Washington Monument
•Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial
•Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Greg Simon lecture at George Washington University
•National Museum of Mathematics
•Cultural studies in Chinatown
•New York City Museum of Modern Art
Poetry slam at the Gotham Comedy Club
•Global Classrooms Model United Nations
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
•Cape Cod
•Naval history at the USS Massachusetts
Al Gore lecture at Harvard University
Leadership skills at The Chewonki Foundation in Maine

New York included a Great Gatsby themed party

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