I have arrived to the last destination of my adventure. And what a better way to end it than with a huge group of enthusiastic students ready to start their school year in the US, and with a cool CIEE staff team ready to prepare these kids for their adventure.
The orientation meeting took place at the hotel and, after that, we went on a tour to some of the main landmarks of San Francisco: The Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, and Pier 39, where we all did some shopping and we also had dinner. Though the weather didn't look great, we did have a great day!
By midnight, you could see how all the students had become friends, as they hugged and said goodbye to each other, bidding farewell to those who were first to depart to their new "hometowns". I think it is really nice and reassuring to start this kind of experience making new friends that will be going through the same things as you, it makes you feel like you are not alone. It reminded me of my first days in Portland with Shay and Alex (my teammates!).
I do not know if you remember it, but I started this journey visiting Néstor, a student from Spain that had just finished his school year in the US, and his host family [you can see it HERE]. I remember all the amazing things he told me about his year in the US. And seeing all these students getting ready to begin their own adventures makes me think of all the hundreds of new amazing stories that will come out of this new school year, stories worth being told, just like the ones Néstor told me two months ago... Again, the best possible finale I could expect for my own CIEE adventure.
Me despido, hasta la próxima aventura...