My origins are from a small town in the United States. As a young teenager, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks as an exchange student in Canada. These “foreigners” spoke differently, they viewed things in new ways, they were curious, generous and very kind. It was in conversations in the classroom and at the dinner table and walking down the streets that I realized they were not really all that different from me. And now 40 years later, after visiting a few other countries, I keep close to my heart the importance of this realization. It is crossing the border into a new country, staying with a family of strangers, eating new foods and most importantly, talking with and getting to know the people around me in all those situations that has changed my life for the better.

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