Wednesday, April 30, 2008

It’s 4:30 p.m. in Rome so Abbie and the others doing the George Fox University Juniors Abroad Rome to Paris trip have been on the ground for half an hour. The size of the world will have changed by the time Abbie steps off the plane back at PDX in three weeks. The exposure to history will have stretched the world across time. Different languages, foods, and customs will help erode American assumptions and arrogance. She will have a new realization that while she is a resident of Newberg, Oregon, she is also a global resident with neighbors who speak a different language and who do not march to the beat of an American drum.


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