Impressions of Liberty/Freedom and Democracy by Alexandra Z.

Colombian Au Pair Alexandra is spending her year with a host family in the Washington, D.C. area. She was fortunate enough to be to witness the President’s inauguration and the women’s march the next day. Here are some of her impressions:

“Liberty” and “democracy,“ both words expressed in two different ways, that was what I saw in the United States the weekend of January 20 and 21, 2017. Being part of this historical occasion was terrific, and exciting, because I had the opportunity to live, watch and feel how just in one weekend, democracy and liberty took place in the same country to express opposing thoughts of two groups of people. I sided with those who spoke out for liberty but I didn’t take the side of those speaking on behalf of democracy. That’s because with “liberty” there are no protocols, or rules but most importantly for me, to take part of liberty I didn’t need U.S. citizenship. When I got to be part of liberty, I could watch how the thoughts of half of the country were enacted through songs, posters and a lot of people marching. I have to say January 21, 2017 was one of the most incredible days I’ve experienced since living in the USA, because I could see how the people living in the USA assert their rights, expressing their disagreement about the new government without use guns or violence. “