BBC BLOGS - Franz Strasser on the road

7,500 miles in 14 days

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Franz Strasser | 02:32 UK time, Wednesday, 28 July 2010

After two weeks on the road, I have returned to Washington, DC, with lots of thoughts and impressions.

I spoke to over 50 people in six states from coast to coast, and I realized once again how culturally rich this country is.

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Thanks for your comments along the way, and thanks for following the journey.

The producer on this cross-country adventure was Katie Beck. Check out her photos on our Flickr page.

Explore the interactive map below to view video reports, photographs, and Twitter updates from the road.

First impressions of America: Florida

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Franz Strasser | 14:43 UK time, Monday, 26 July 2010

In 2001-2002, I spent a year in Mayo, Florida as an exchange student at Lafayette High School. Now, eight years later, I travel back to that small town to visit the people and places that gave me my first impressions of America.

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Do you have experiences as an exchange student or host family? How did it change your outlook on the United States or other countries?

A Soviet chess master's perfect move

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Franz Strasser | 13:08 UK time, Friday, 23 July 2010

Gregory Kaidanov is considered one of the best chess players in the world. He and his family emmigrated from the former Soviet Union to Lexington, Kentucky in 1992 and have never looked back. He teaches chess to students around the world over the internet, and says America is home now.

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