Time goes by too fast

Trip Start Jun 30, 2008
Trip End Aug 24, 2008

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Time goes by too fast. After eight weeks of study and analysis my time in DC has entered its final stage. I have completed most of my IRS project and will present my paper to my Dutch sponsors next week. My American colleagues from Capgemini Governmental Solutions have helped me in tackling some of the issues from a US perspective. And I have returned all my books to the GU library.

Whilst packing my bags I look back at a most interesting time in DC. I have learnt a great deal about American culture, academics and business. I have been challenged by the scholastic issues debated at GU and tested on the topics that cloud the day-to-day business of the IRS. But most importantly I have been educated by Americans. I feel I have been tutored by many - on the street, in the classroom or waiting in a queue. Americans always seem glad to educate strangers in their ways.

Time spent in America has been time spent prudently. My experiences have definitely been broadened - both within and beyond the academic sphere. For example, I have broadened my horizon on political theory and American history. I have visited libraries and business centers. I have debated with lonely drifters and esteemed professors. I have traversed the elegant streets of Georgetown and the ragged neighborhoods of Baltimore. And I have done so as a student, as a professional, as a husband and as a father. Hopefully, the pictures of this blog give a realistic overall impression. I strongly feel these new insights provide powerful lessons that can be applied in The Netherlands - the ultimate goal of my stay in the United States.

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