Semi Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship
Is the world actually greener on the other side? I wouldnâ€™t know because I have been stuck in my hometown for almost my whole life. I have never visited the wonderful, exotic places in Asia, I have never experienced the cruel cold in Greenland, nor have I toured the commodious coliseum of Italy, so basically this tells you how uninteresting my life is.
Is the world actually greener on the other side? I wouldn’t know because I have been stuck in my hometown for almost my whole life. I have never visited the wonderful, exotic places in Asia, I have never experienced the cruel cold in Greenland, nor have I toured the commodious coliseum of Italy, so basically this tells you how uninteresting my life is.
Spring break was coming up and I had no plans. NO PLANS! I didn’t want to spend it in Dallas; I was already tired by the fact that I live in Dallas. Fortunately, however, an opportunity had announced at school stating that the sophomores (I was a sophomore last year) and juniors can take a college road trip to Washington D.C and New York. Of course I took the chance! I immediately paid the cost and was on my way the next week.
The thirty four hour ride to Washington D.C. was excruciating long! My buttocks would ache for sitting in the bus too long, some of the teachers would talk very loudly and surpringly act more immature than the students, and entertainment was mostly consumed on movies and music which I found boring after a while. On the bright side, I took the opportunity, especially since I had the window seat, to enjoy the view of the rural places and customs while we were on the road. We visited Vanderbilt University in Tennessee on the way, and Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
The National Mall was our first stop. I was looking forward to seeing the Lincoln Memorial. My heart was pounding against every step I took as I admirably ascended the stairs to see my beloved president, Abraham Lincoln. Oh, how incredulously magnificent it was to just stand by his statue of tribute! After that, we went to the Arlington cemetery in wistful consideration for the Tomb of the Unknown. We had also gone to see the Vietnam Memorial, Korean Memorial, Kennedy Memorial, and the Holocaust Museum which I found was ten times better than the one in Dallas. The National mall wasn’t the only significant place we had visited; we also went to see the White House!
Washington D.C was without a doubt marks a great historical stamp on the nation, and it was very honorable to take part in being there. New York, on the other hand, was very modern and urban. Streets and sidewalks are crammed like ants scurrying out their destroyed pile when stepped on. There, we visited Hunter College, New York University, and Columbia University. They are on of the many great schools in New York. Touring at college campuses was not the only thing we did; we also went to Times Square, so of course we shopped. Then we went to see the Broadway production of “The Lion King”. That play by far had knocked me out of my feet and excited my skin.
On the journey back home, I was saddened to leave, but honestly I missed it very much. I missed the air I breathed, the familiar voices, the airlines center, my school, my family, but above all, my home sweet home.
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