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GREAT VENUE ... for the Choraliers. The ensemble performed today at the Field Museum.

CHORALIERS ON THE ROAD ... great performance by the Choraliers at the OH Schools Foundation's alumni reception last night.

DISPATCH FROM DANIEL ... "Closing Time." Today was my last day in PyeongChang and South Korea before I fly out in the morning. It was spent working and traveling to Incheon, the city where the main airport is located. I traveled to the airport via the Korail, which is the South Korean public train system. The trains and the stations are beautiful and clean, with helpful staff who run an efficient, well-organized system. Upon arriving at the airport I befriended a fellow Ohioan who was headed to the same shuttle area as me, and coincidentally also happens to be on the same flight back as myself. The hotel I’m staying in is beautiful, and for the first time in 14 days I get to sleep in a bed instead of on the floor, use a full size towel, and have a shower that has some form of separator from the rest of the bathroom. As my trip comes to a close, I’m going through all of my photos and recalling the memories that were made during these Olympics. I cannot escape the sentiment of the official slogan of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympics, "Passion. Connected." At every single train station, venue, restaurant, etc., I not only saw, but felt the passion this country has gained from hosting the Olympics. It is evident in all South Koreans, the volunteers, and the visitors of the games. Everyone is willing to connect and learn a brief synopsis of your culture, while sharing a tidbit of theirs. Through my volunteering with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) I was able to interact and socialize with numerous athletes, media personnel, political figures, executives, members of the USOC, and some of the biggest names in sports, all while also getting to experience the Olympics as a regular fan. The unique ability to work for part of the day and observe various competitions for the other part allowed me to attend numerous events and soak in all that PyeongChang had to offer. If you ever have the opportunity to attend the Olympic games, I highly recommend you take advantage of it! The connections I’ve made and the conversations I've had are unforgettable. This trip has been the most amazing journey of my life. I've enjoyed the opportunity to share my experience with you from over 6,000 miles away. I hope I was able to provide a glimpse of what life at the Olympics is like behind the cameras and events. Over the coming days I will be sharing more photos from my trip and stories that weren’t previously shared -- for example my experience at a Korean Spa -- in an article in the March issue of Village Voice. Thank you for giving me the chance to share my journey with you. -- Daniel Intrater. #vvoh

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