Old Coot - Yes, in many ways. You must keep in mind that I come from a country with a population of some 45 million people. There are only three or four major cities, but the largest boasts a population of a mere 2.5 million. A large % of people live in rural and underdeveloped areas.
(However, the country is amazingly beautiful and we are working towards a healthy and happy future.)
Just being part of the development in your country, the organisation, the happy (mostly) mix of people was impressive. As was the variety of scenery - I lost my heart to the Southwest - and activities.
Visiting New York and its hustle and bustle as well as the museums and art galleries was something I shall never forget. We also spent seven years in London, but never came across the openness and warmth of America.
I was impressed by the Americans' dedication to their country and can't imagine people in any other country working so hard, often willing to handel two jobs at a time.
I came back filled with memories, but also with ideals of achieving more than before, of being committed to others and to my country.
There is much, much more, but perhaps this is not the right place to discuss it. Let me end by saying: God bless America and I thank it for the opportunities I had there.
On this serious note, Cheers.
From sunny South Africa