When students think of traveling abroad they think of romance, adventure, and an experience that they will never forget.This past summer, I was lucky enough to be invited on a trip with EF Tours.My former teacher from the middle school was hosting a trip for twenty four students who had recently graduated and those who were incoming seniors.The trip was going to be nine days long and would take place in Italy and Greece.I was invited to go abroad with some of my best friends for a great price of under $3,000.Who could pass up an opportunity like this?
As the time passed, I began to prepare for my trip. I had never been alone for more than a week and when I had been on my own, it had been at a camp which was in easy reach of my parents in case of an emergency. Now it was my chance to go abroad and gain a new maturity and independence that would prepare me for the future.On July 18, we headed off to Philadelphia International Airport. Our flight was to take off at 6:15 P.M. and land in London (Heathrow) for a layover at 6:20 A.M. Due to the time difference, when we landed in London, everyone was overly tired and drained, but we all visited the British Starbucks kiosk and continued on to the terminal which would lead us to our next destination; Rome.
During our time in Rome, we saw so many beautiful sights that are indescribable.We saw the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, and the Vatican City. EF Tours kept us constantly occupied within our two days in Rome and every place and plaza that we visited had some amazement and awe to it.In order to make our way to Greece, we had to travel southeast to a town called Bari. Along the way, we visited Pompeii and saw the countryside of Italy. Once we landed in Bari, we boarded an overnight ferry which would take us to Greece. On the ferry we were able to see the sunset in Italy and the sunrise in Greece. It was such an amazing feeling to wake up in another beautiful country. While in Greece we saw Olympia, Mycenae, Epidaurus, and the Corinth Canal. After two days of traveling throughout Greece, we finally arrived in Athens, where we would spend our final three days. While in Athens we saw the Acropolis, the Parthenon, and were able to experience downtown Athens and modern day experiences, such as the subway.
As we boarded the early morning flight to travel home, I thought back to the past nine days that I had spent abroad. I had gained an independence that I had never seen in myself before.Although I travelled with some of my best friends, I made friendships with people that can never be broken. “Carpe Diem” was the motto of the trip. All of the adventures that we embarked on taught me to relax and enjoy life to its fullest.After a day of flying, we finally arrived home in Philadelphia, tired and worn out, yet full of memories. From that moment, we all knew that we were going to have a bond that could never be broken. To this day, the lessons I learned abroad were the most rewarding lessons that anyone could ever learn. I became who I was meant to become, all while seeing the most beautiful sights in the world.
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