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There are many places a person can visit to have an extraordinary experience, however it is not the surroundings that make a trip exciting or adventurous, it is how you handle the events that take place during your trip that will make it outstanding. The unexpected things that happen while traveling create the memories. For example, a plane delay could be an opportunity for more exploring, or say, a packed tourist attraction could turn your attention towards something just as memorable. There are many places to go. So where should you travel? Well, somewhere beautiful, or maybe historical, or somewhere you might never get a chance to visit again, or, of course, somewhere with great food. Well, for me that place was Italy and as I hoped, it was a wonderful place to visit. Italy, of course, has it all, but what also made it unforgettable were the events that took place.
We went during spring break and there is no possible way to describe how excited my sister and I were the day we finally left. We landed just outside of Rome. We immediately unpacked and took the hotel bus into Rome, noting the last possible return time to the hotel. We grabbed our first meal and it was one of the best Italian meals I ever had. Well, at least at that point, I thought it was the best. Little did I know that it would get even better! Everything went smooth. We visited the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon and the Spanish Steps and we even arrived at the bus stop before its scheduled departure. As the minutes passed, more and more people began to group. There was only one bus to fit all these people and when the bus appeared, there was a mad dash for the door. Not everyone made it, including my family and me. Getting back to the hotel was up to us and a taxi was too expensive. We told ourselves not to panic. We pulled out our map and figured out how to get back to the hotel using Italy’s public transportation. This opened a completely new way for us to get around. We had more time for sightseeing and we did things our own way. Every morning we would catch the rail to Rome and grab a bite to eat at a little cafÃ© bar we discovered. It worked out perfectly, all because of a predicament.
The next day came and our plan was to visit the Vatican. When we arrived, lined up to get into the Vatican were thousands of people and there was no way we were going to venture over there. We would be there all day just trying to get in. Instead, we noticed a small line of locals, priests and nuns right outside a gelato shop, Old Bridge Gelati. We decided to join them. It turned out to be our favorite gelati shop in Italy. We eventually made it into the Vatican, which was a memory in itself. However, the detour we made was tasty.
After coming home from such a trip, I knew I would some day go back to Italy. I learned a lot in Italy. I learned about its history and its people. I also learned how to turn unfortunate situations into positives. We were able to visit so much more by learning how to use the local transportation and of course, I will always remember how to say, “Un grande fragola gelato per favore”, meaning one large strawberry ice cream please!