In the summer of 2012, our family had the exceptional experience of hosting an EERC student.  It wasn’t long after greeting our guest at the airport in Boston, that we all became comfortable and relaxed with each other.  We enjoyed four weeks together, sharing our cultures, customs, and foods.  For Anca, our student, there were many “firsts”, such as celebrating the Fourth of July, brunch, a drive-in movie, smores, and  fortune cookies.  She graciously answered our questions about life in Romania and prepared many delicious traditional Romanian meals for us.  The joy of spending time as a family with Anca, as she experienced so many new things, is the source of many special memories.  However, the best thing about hosting an EERC student was the close, lasting friendship we now share with Anca.