New York stories of a proud J-1er
She was determined to partake of the J-1 experience, and her adventures that long-ago summer still resonate with Dearbhail McDonald
I was 22 when I fell in love for the very first time. It was the summer of 1999 and 16 years later, with countless relapses in between, I'm still completely smitten.
My love affair with New York City has been one of the most unconditional, enduring and rewarding relationships in my personal and professional life - it was living in New York during the 9/11 terrorist attacks that led me out of law and into journalism.
But New York might never have been were it not for the J-1 Visa exchange programme.