By Eebaraj Tiwari, Nepal
It is a wonderful feeling to be a part of the SUSI program with the ITD people. During my recent visit to the host family in Amherst, I had the pleasure of meeting a wonderful family (Larry’s family) who welcomed me with open arms. We spent an afternoon chatting and getting to know each other over a delicious home-cooked Pizza. I, along with Mina enjoyed visiting the Peace Pagoda of Buddhism there. It was heartwarming to see how close-knit their family was and how they made me feel like I was a part of their family too. I learned so much from them about the local area and its history, and I feel grateful to have made new friends in such a welcoming community.
One of the highlights of my trip was going on thrilling rafting at Whitewater Rafting Adventures with a group of SUSI friends. We navigated through the rapids and enjoyed the beautiful scenery along the way. It was a great way to bond with my SUSI friends and experience an adrenaline rush at the same time. We all had a blast and it was definitely a memorable experience that we will never forget.
On the next day in Amherst, I spent some time exploring the Holyoke Mall. I was pleasantly surprised by the unique and eclectic selection of goods available, from handmade crafts to vintage clothing. I picked up a few souvenirs to bring back home, as well as some gifts for my loved ones. Overall, my visit to the Amherst area is proving to be a delightful experience filled with fun, learning, friendship, and adventure. Thank you ITD friends for this experience!
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