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Thank you PyeongChang

It is my last day in this extraordinary city and I want to express my gratitude. I never though that I could grow so attached to a city in only three short weeks. Without the Olympics, I probably never would have come to Pyeongchang. Luckily the Olympics gave me the opportunity to experience the rich culture, eat the incredible cuisine,…

USA Wins Gold

Before today, the last time the US Women’s hockey team won a gold medal was in 1998. I was fortunate enough to attend the final gold medal game between the USA and Canada where all of this changed. The crowd was incredible. People were cheering loudly and very engaged in the game. After the 3rd period, the teams were tied…

GW takes the Silver

Last night I had an amazing time watching Elana Meyers win a silver medal in the bobsled competition. It was my first time going to the sliding center and I was excited to see how popular the venue was. There were many different discipline athletes cheering for their country and it created an exciting atmosphere. We were able to cheer…

Exploring Seoul

Seoul is an incredible city and I feel fortunate to have had the chance to check it out (even if it was just for eight hours). My tour guide was my good friend’s brother who is currently serving in the US military stationed in South Korea. The day started with exploring the Gyeongbokgung Palace. It is crazy that a temple…

Making Transportation Shifts Fun

Transportation shifts are the longest most tiring shifts that we need to work for data collection. Luckily, while working these shifts, I have been able to work alongside and become friends with many volunteers. The volunteers at the Olympics are absolutely amazing. They are all willing to help answer my questions and are excited to become my friend. I have…

Lunch at the Haslla Art Gallery

I ate the most delicious Korean food I’ve ever had yesterday at the Haslla Art Gallery Mr. Lee, a GW student’s father took us out for lunch in celebration of the Lunar New Year. We ate delicious food and drank a rice wine. It was my first time having rice wine, and I know I will have to track down…

The Olympic Spirit

Today I truly felt the power of the Olympics. I was standing alone when a father and his daughter came over to me. The dad explained that his daughter has been learning English in school, and it was her dream to talk to a native English speaker. The girl was absolutely adorable and we had a very nice conversation. Her…

Meeting Al Roker, Hoda, and Savannah

While watching speed skating, some classmates and I noticed a few familiar faces in the stands. It turned out to be none other than Al Roker, Hoda, and Savannah. It was crazy to see them in the upper level sitting among the regular spectators. After the 2nd group finished, we went over to say hello to them. All three of…

The long journey to PyeongChang

My trip to PyeongChang, South Korea was overwhelming, nerve-wracking, and extremely exciting. Due to unforeseen circumstances, my travel partner was no longer able to make the journey; so I found myself going to Korea alone. I was so nervous sitting in the airport. I had never been anywhere in Asia and had absolutely no idea what to expect when I…