My International Experience - My Family Travels


Have you ever been so far contained in your comfort zone, that you shunned all other ideas? I was. It never really occurred to me that so much more can happen outside my world. I’ve always had a preconceived notion about places in the world and what it would be like to go there. You could imagine my surprise when it was announced in 2008, that we would be taking a family vacation to Canada for the summer. “Canada?” I thought, “What is in Canada that could possibly be interesting to me? It’s nothing there but moose and maple syrup there.” Looking back, at my attitude towards the situation was ignorant. Over the months, my family steadily prepared and became more excited while I remained non-chalant.
            The trip was scheduled for one week of touring New York and Canada. The family in Albany would drive to Atlanta, Georgia and then meet at the airport. From Atlanta, Georgia we would fly to Buffalo, New York via Delta Air Lines. Afterwards we would cross the border into Toronto, Canada. So, basically we spent 2 days in Buffalo, New York, 1 day in Niagara Falls, New York, and the rest various places in Canada.
            The day before we were scheduled to leave, I finally started to get excited. I looked up online information about history, entertainment, and tourist attractions. I discovered that the television show, Degrassi, is a Canadian show. I also found out that there would be several concerts in walking distance of our hotel in the Toronto Entertainment District. There were also 5 Star Restaurants just down the street! After I read the food reviews, I no longer remained non chalent!
After a days’ journey, we arrived in Buffalo, New York. It looked just like any other city with a shopping mall, Wal-Mart, and outlets. The next day we drove over to Niagara Falls, New York and toured the American side of the Falls, called Niagara Falls Park.  The scenery was beautiful. The mist from the Falls caused many rainbows, the water was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was so crystal clear, like blue-green glass with hints of sunlight reflecting off of the rainbows.  Not only was the water beautiful but the park was also. The scenery was so enticing that a newlywed couple came to take their wedding pictures. I don’t blame them. Even on a bad day, Niagara Falls Park would still be appealing.
After leaving the United States we crossed the border into Toronto, Canada. Even though the sanitation workers were on strike, Toronto was still beautiful. The citizens tried their best to help. On every corner and in every eatery we went to, there were recycling bins and trash was piled neatly on the sidewalks.
We visited the famous Skylon Towers Restaurant, which is an elegant Revolving Dining Room; afterwards we went on a boat tour of the Niagara Falls on both the American and Canadian sides. That summer I learned so much, from etiquette to the historical facts behind one of the world’s largest waterfalls. I will always remember the summer in Canada, where I broadened my horizons and learned that I shouldn’t shun new ideas because you aren’t used to them.

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