Before last summer I had never been on a plane. I had never left my house for more than two weeks, and I had never been out of the country. But of course, last summer changed all of that when my mom and I went to
Mom and I decided to go since my Aunt Ariane and Uncle Pat had been living in
On the first day my mom and I walked around the city to get acquainted with it. We saw how the little island was mostly made of tropical green hills covered in the mist in the morning, and glimmered in the sun in the afternoon. The actual city is more towards the edge of the island, and has all the accommodations of any American city. Their subway and bus systems are very organized, since you use a prepaid card instead of cash to go wherever you want for a very good price. Generally people walked to wherever they needed to go (and the massive population of skinny Chinese citizens proves it), and if you ever got lost, then all you had to do was hail one of the bright red taxicabs over to take you to a place you recognized.
That city never ceased to surprise me. One day we came out of a Starbucks with two mochas, and walked across the road to attend a street market where you could bargain and haggle to your hearts content. Another day we got around first by taking a tram, then a double-decker bus, and finally a ferry. There were signs instructing “No Spitting”, and restaurants with meals that were something along the lines of “Noodles with special ingredient” (and the restaurant happened to be located next to a pet shop). There was also another case of a few men getting arrested while we were there, since they had been caught roasting dogs to eat.
As you can imagine, I was extremely upset to leave
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