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.
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.
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.
Do you have experiences as an exchange student or host family? How did it change your outlook on the United States or other countries?
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.
Is technology and the way it connects people making where you live as an immigrant less important?
I'm Franz Strasser, digital reporter for BBC World News America in Washington. This video blog is my personal journey across America. As a recent immigrant myself, I will talk to other newcomers about their experiences. I will check comments early and often, so please feel free to join me on this trip.
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