European summer - My Family Travels

The term “It’s a small world”, is used very often when you live in a small town like I do, but outside my town, the world is an enormous and amazing adventure waiting to happen. I never truly knew how big the world was until just last summer in 2008 when I took a trip across the world to Europe. I was only 15 years old and didn’t know what Europe had in store for me. This trip was possible thanks to the Education First (EF) Tour Company along with my school group that I traveled with. I will forever be grateful that I took that trip because it opened my eyes to the world around me and it awakened my sense of adventure.

Two weeks, fourteen days and thirteen nights is all it took to change my life completely. My excitement couldn’t contain itself on the day of departure, I kissed my mom and dad good bye and I was off. I didn’t even wave good bye as I left my small town of Yuma, AZ and headed off to Phoenix where I would catch my flight to London. A nine hour flight seemed to only last minutes; I couldn’t sleep or even close my eyes just thinking about Europe. Our planned schedule was to visit thirteen cities on a tour bus then depart back home from London; to me it was thirteen new adventures that had yet to commence.

Once we arrived in London we had to get onto another plan that would take us the Amsterdam in the Netherlands; that is where my adventure began. One entire day in Amsterdam, the heart of the Netherlands, is enough to last me a life time of impressive sights. The history, its architecture, the friendly people and all the bikes that run the city, this city was truly one to remember. After leaving Amsterdam our next stop was Heidelberg, a beautiful green city in Germany. There is where we visited Schlosshiedleberg a grand castle with a wine tasting area. After Heidelberg we visited Innsbruck in Austria and then headed to Munich, Germany. Munich was so exciting, especially because the German soccer team was playing in the Europe Soccer tournament that only happens every few years. All the fans where full on enthusiasm and life that it made the city much more interesting to admire.

From Munich came Italy and my favorite city of them all, Venice. The city on water and to me a city of culture and romance all around. After Venice came Verona, then we jumped to Luzern in Switzerland. I had never seen so much green hills and trees in one place. After that came Paris, oh Paris what a sight to see, there was so much to explore but not enough time. From its sights to its history, Paris was voted my second favorite city. Our final stop was London, England. This city was so impressive because it was not like any of the other cities. People were so friendly, and they had such sophistication and manners that I felt like royalty when spoken to by the people.

After two weeks of site seeing and jumping from hotel to hotel I was ready to return back to my small town in Arizona. Even after seeing the major difference that the world had to offer, I was really thrilled to finally arrive home and tell my entire family of my adventures and experiences in Europe. I can only say that someday I will return to Europe to have more adventures like this one.

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