During April of 2006, I applied for and was accepted to participate in an international trip. I was afforded the opportunity to go to Istanbul, Turkey, where I had an extraordinary experience. I had to submit a transcript, two letters of recommendation, and two essays to be considered as a candidate for this trip.
Two weeks later, I was notified that I was selected to go. I was excited because I like to travel and wanted to be able to experience another part of the world. On April 21, 2006, my peers and I started our journey to Washington, D.C. to catch the airplane.
The trip overseas made me nervous. When we arrived to Istanbul, the Turkish people greeted me with flowers and Turkish flags. It was at that moment that I felt very welcomed and honored.
The Turkish people made me feel very warm inside. I originally had negative beliefs and opinions about Turkey, but viewing the real side of this country helped me change them. Turkey is a beautiful country with fresh air and green grass. The buildings are small and close together.
The people in Turkey are very nice and have a lot of similarities. I like to meet new people. I felt like a celebrity in Turkey because I posed for a lot of pictures for them.
The clothes the Turkish people wore were peculiar. Another negative perception that I had about Turkey concerned food, which consisted of a raw boiled egg, tomatoes, cucumbers, and Swiss cheese. The dinner consisted of beef and rice with some bread on the side. Turkey is very famous for their tea.
It was very delicious and sweet, especially the apple tea. In Asia, I got to eat lamb sandwiches, which had an odd taste. One of the days, I got to eat chicken breast ice cream as dessert.
I also got to eat a candy waffle, which had an unusual taste. I was pleased to try the different types of food because it introduced me to another side of the world. Some of the things I experienced were the Blue Mosque and the journey around Asia. Asia had some beautiful trees and land.
I really enjoyed the trip across the Bosporus River. The boat ride was cold and a new experience. I like to be around water and view extraordinary things. I learned numerous facts about Europe and visited many museums. The tour guides were very generous and accommodating. They taught me some things I can share with my family.
From this experience, I have a greater appreciation for those that are different from me and have a better understanding of diversity. I thank my Heavenly Father for providing me with this expedition because Turkey taught me to appreciate life. My mission is to always excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.
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