Europe - My Family Travels

Can you remember the most memorable time in your life? The time you scored the basket for your team to win the championship or when went on a cruise to the Islands with your family. These are all my memories but the most memorable moment in my life was when I was accepted into the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

It all started when I got a letter in the mail that said I was invited to People to People Student Ambassador Program presentation. During the presentation they introduced the program and said we will be student ambassadors traveling to England, Ireland, and Wales. I was selected out of hundreds of excited explorer’s for an interview and the next day I received the call that I was going to embark on a remarkable journey to Europe. There were twenty five of us that was chosen to experience this adventure. We began to have meetings to get to know one another and learn about European cultures. After a lot of meetings, bonding with other student ambassadors and volunteer work it was finally time to board the plane to go to Europe for eighteen days.

As the plane descended into England, I was eager to get off since we were traveling for ten hours. I changed my U.S money into euros and then boarded a tour bus to go into the city. First place we visited was the Hampton palace. I enjoyed touring the palace as well as learning about Henry VIII. I also went to the tower of London, JFK memorial, and seen the changing of the guards. This experience became greater when I met Patrick Nicholas a member of the parliament. That was one of the longest speeches I ever sat through but I enjoyed it. Going on the London Eye was my favorite part of the journey to England. It was the best thirty minutes of my life because I felt like I was on top of the world.

The next stop was Wales. Two days was allotted for Wales but it was still something to remember. Eating all the wonderful food and getting in depth with the culture was exciting and painful at the same time. We explored the coal mines which were narrow and short and since I am over six feet, I had a tough time getting through without bumping my head.

Arriving in Ireland I was excited because from the schedule I knew we would be doing a lot of things. Going to see how crystals were made in Waterford was amazing. I was able to witness the process of producing crystals from the beginning to the end. I went site seeing on horse drawn jaunty carts through the Gap of Dunloe. I also visited the Aillwee Caves, Cliffs of Moher, and the Blarney Castle and I was able to kiss the Blarney Stone. I learned how to play an Irish tune on the tin whistle, learned Irish dances and learned how to play a famous Irish sport, Hurling. One of the fun moments was when I did an event called the Full on experience which consisted of repelling off an enormous tower. Throughout the time I spent in Ireland I stayed at a wonderful family’s house. This was a tremendous experience. Spending day to day with them helped me learn about their culture and family values.

My journey to Europe was my most memorable moment in my life. If you get the opportunity to visit, remember how much excitement I had on my visit.

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