On September 26th, 2001, because airports were
still closed and my ticket was of no use, I
loaded my car with my computer and other essentials
of life and headed to Washington, DC from Wisconsin to begin a three month internship at the US Department of State's Foreign Service Institute/National Foreign Affairs Training Center
School of Professional and Area Studies (SPAS).
At 10p.m., after a 17 hour drive,
closed freeway exits landed me in the parking lot of
the Pentagon where dump trucks were hauling away
smoldering rubble from the September, 11th attack
On October 1st, I began work at The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) where US diplomats are trained in language, culture, current events and much more before going on overseas missions.
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my work at FSI
was filled with interesting adventures from the
start when I arrived at Main State not knowing what to expect and having to go through many layers of security just to reach the reception desk.
Ben & me in the courtyard near my office at FSI