All school year, students are looking forward to spring break. Spring break is the last week off before the ever beloved summer vacation. It is a week to hang out with your friends and just have fun without the hassle of school work.
Many families, including mine, go on a trip for the week to explore a new area of the country, possible the world. When my mother informed me we would be going to Charleston, South Carolina for the week, I was less than excited. It was not a city I had ever heard of, or had any inclination of visiting.
My negative feelings towards this city were quickly changed when I was able to actually discover the beauty of this city. When we arrived, the hotel was waiting as it is in every other city in the country. There was nothing too spectacular that set Charleston apart from the thousands of other cities in the United States.
There were the occasional small shops we'd pass that added character to the area, yet nothing quite caught my eye as a trip to Orlando might. The first few days were spent in a rather cliche manner. After a long night of sleep, the family would pack up and see the tourist attractions the city had to offer.
It wasn't until the middle of the trip that I started to appreciate this little town my mother planned to visit.My mother arranged for a tour of the aged homes that were still kept up in the area. No one wanted to go on a boring trip to view houses, yet it was forced upon us. The whole experience was thought of as looking for a new home even though there is no possibility of purchasing it.
While complaining about the entire tour, I saw one of the most elaborate homes I could ever imagine. A beautiful two story home with columns on the front porch, a balcony from the top room, a home fit for a king. At this point, the beauty of the entire town struck me all at once.
This city was built much longer ago than the 30 year old subdivision I have grown up in. Everything is modern these days, with the occasional ancestral architecture here and there. Most old buildings are not kept up, and eventually torn down in order to create space for a new mini-mall.
Charleston keeps the vitality of their history, with the pride even a lion would be intimidated by. They focus as much on the present and future, as they do in their past. They are tuned into their roots as more people in our present age should be.
All people focus on anymore is what they are going to do in their future, rather than learn about their past. Charleston, South Carolina allowed me to open my eyes and see how the past is just as important as the present.The travels in people's lives can shape how they view everything around them. A change is scenery can change the view people have on many issues, including life. Everyone needs to get away from their work, away from the 'hustle and bustle' of the present and focus on the past.
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