I was chosen as an International Science Fair participant. That meant that I was going to recieve an all expense paid trip to Reno, Nevada. Now that might not seem like a big deal to some people, but for a girl from small town USA….that was an extemely exciting opportunity. I took my best friend with me, my mom. When we got to Reno I could not believe how big everything was. Where I am from the highlight of our weekend is crusing around the local Sonic. So Reno was a big change.
I met so many unique and exciting people on my trip. There were students from so many other countries. My favorite was the girl from India named Abhaya. She taught me so much about how culture, and I could not believe how different her way of life was from mine. We are now pen pals. I always look forward to recieving her letters each month.
While in Reno, my mother and I decided to take a tour trip to Lake Tahoe. We dressed for the hot Reno weather and were shocked to find snow on the ground only two hours away. Needless to say the locals could definately tell that we were not from around there. They were in ski jackets and bogins, and we were in shorts and shades. We recieved many funny looks. While on the tour, we became friends with two older couples in our tour group. They adoped us for the day, and boy was that an experience. They were so funny and sweet. We exchanged email addresses with them and enjoy cooresponding with them. The lake was absolutely breathtaking. I was so overjoyed to get to experience that beautiful scene with my mom.
Reno was definately a trip that I would love to take again. It was so exciting seeing the way people live and interact with others on the other side of the county. Though the city life was fun, I learned that the old saying, “There is no place like home,” is very true. Even though at times the small town life may seem boring, the heart of a small town makes up for the lack of entertainment. I know every person I pass around town by name, and they know me. If anyone needs help, they instantly recieve not one helping hand but twenty. It is the heart of a place that makes it a home. By taking this trip I realized not only were my home is, but where my heart lies.
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