Have you ever experienced something so incredible and unbelievable that you would wake up every morning, thinking that it was a dream? Have you ever wondered how you were so lucky to be experiencing something so amazing? As a seventeen year old girl, I have been able to experience this surreal feeling. On July 19, I boarded a plane that I would sit on for a grueling eight hours, and began my journey to travel abroad in Europe with American Music Abroad Voices Tour. Since I was very young, I have loved singing and performing. To my delight, this passion of mine did not go unnoticed. I was selected from a group of many teenagers in the state of New Jersey to represent American performers on a two week tour of England, Wales, France, Switzerland, and Germany. This trip of a lifetime became an unforgettable experience that I will share with friends and family for many years to come.
When I stepped off the plane in Heathrow, England, I was overwhelmed with the exhilaration of being in a foreign country. Not only did everyone dress differently and speak differently, but people drove on the wrong side of the car and the road! I was thrilled to be able to experience something as fantastic as doing what I love in a country I’d never been.
The first few days of our trip, we visited some of the most prestigious landmarks in Great Britain, such as Stonehenge, the Ancient Roman Baths, and Cardiff Castle. After we traveled over three hundred feet underground in an abandoned coal mine in Whales, we performed our first concert. Since I had two solos, and had to perform alone, I was very nervous. The adrenaline rush I felt when everyone was watching me was so amazing that I forgot about my cold feet and had the time of my life. After that, we visited William Shakespeare’s birthplace one day, and traveled across the English Channel into France the next! We took a beautiful scenic cruise along the Seine River in Paris, and had a genuine French meal in our hotel. The next day, we awoke and performed in San SÃ©verin church in Paris, and were able to watch the Tour de France as the final runners passed along the Seine, towards the Champs Elysees. That night was the most memorable experience of all. Our group traveled to the top of the Eiffel Tower, and were able to overlook the beautiful city of Paris as the sun set, and the enchanting evening loomed on the horizon.
After France, we traveled to Germany and cruised the Rhine River, then visited the medieval town of DinklesbÃ¼ hl. Our next stop was Strasbourg, France, where we danced the night away in a 1970’s French disco club! Our last concert was the next day, where we did three encores, and looked back at the unbelievable experience that we had just partaken in. The next day, Sunday, August second, was our last day in Europe. We shopped for hours, and had an unforgettable dinner on Mt. Brunni, high in the Swiss Alps.
As we boarded the plane the next day at the Zurich International Airport, we reminisced on the past two weeks. We thought about how hard we worked to get there, and how fast it had flown by. If anyone were to ask me what my most memorable experience was, I would say my trip to Europe when I was seventeen. I made amazing friends, and took back so many priceless memories. It’s an experience I would not take back for the world.
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