I recently had a trip to the U.S. from late October to late November. It was a trip combing my field research with leisure.
Ms. Ane Powers of D.C. hosted me for 4 nights. She showed me around and we tried different restaurants. She took me to the Hostelling International Fellowship Award party. It was great fun. She used to serve for a committee of HI. The mission of HI is similar with that of Servas.
Mr. Hayden Wetzel of D.C. hosted me for two nights. For some reasons, I contacted him to enquire the possibility of visiting him with very short notice; still, he responded promptly and said yes. From his lovely photo wall and guest books, it is so obvious that how nice a man he is.
I also paid a short visit to Lancaster, PA. There is only one Servas member
called Ms. Dorothy Killebrew. She was unavailable because of family gathering but she is so kind to introduce one of her friends, Ms. Eudora Roseman, to host me for one night. Eudora showed me the Amish community and covered bridges and Lancaster city. The Amish culture is really unique.
As a new member of Servas, I really appreciate those valuable opportunities to know local people and experience different cultures. We shared ideas and opinions about food, movie, politics, religion and alternative medicine, etc. I believe this kind of visiting could inspire a better and real understanding of people, places, and cultures to create a more coherent world.