It never occurred to me for all these years to write a book or an e-book about those years regarding my foreign adventures. I found a picture one night 12 years after my Florida trip. It took me a long time to recollect exactly where and when this picture was taken. I was a little shocked, since I had so many awesome and intensive experiences that enriched my life during those two years.
What if there comes a time when all my experiences have become so vague that there are only sentimental pictures that remain and I will not be able to tell my story of those two years to my children.
I decided to write out all my thoughts, so that at least those memories that are still vivid now will remain for a while. All the old pictures, documents, maps and other miscellaneous items brought the old memories back to the forefront. I was able to relive the places, even though they were only memories that I lived through over a decade ago.
Of course at this time, I had no idea that my past would some day be publicized for others to read.
After I made my decision, my mood has suddenly changed and I became more energized and happy. There were people who asked what happened to me, since they see me smiling constantly.
On one occasion, I talked to an acquaintance of mine when my tongue slipped: he found out that I have an impending "publication" regarding my Florida trip. He was constantly nudging me until he succeeded in finally persuading me to send him my handwritten notes.
He called me a couple of days later and was ready to jump out of his skin from the excitement saying: "Atti, this is fantastic - super-good!" His excitement and exuberance really surprised me. He continued with "You have to publish this; this has to go into production! Other than the fact that this is not an everyday narration, it is simply full of so much information that is assembled all in one place, which cannot be found anywhere."
Thus, it suddenly occurred to me for the first time that it might be worth sharing my story with others.
If you find yourself answering "yes" to only a couple of the following questions, then it will be worth your while to read this story:
- Would you like to know more about the USA, Florida?
- Would you like to get a realistic assessment of life there?
- Are you curious to know what Americans are really like?
- Would you like to learn if it is worth going through the application process for a foreign scholarship,
such as the Fulbright?
- Are you curious to know what to expect when you take the TOEFL examination?
- Would you like to know what it takes to apply for a foreign scholarship?
- Is it worth getting a doctorate degree?
- And much, much more information that is available on 270 pages…
Enjoy reading my book! I do hope you will find valuable and useful information in it!