In the summer after my sophomore year, I went on the most amazing adventure of a lifetime. My Italian class was given the opportunity to participate in a tour of Switzerland, Italy and France. This trip not only taught me a lot about the world through the views of others but it taught me about the person who I am and who I aspire to be. The first day, I was dropped off at the bus before the sun was even up and I was sitting with the people I would be living with for the next 2 weeks. I had never seen most of them before and that was the most frightening experience I had faced. Shockingly I was completely open to meeting these new people even though as a person I have always been closed off to new friends. I always just wanted to stay with the people who have known me my whole life because I know those bonds will not change.
After flying on a 16 hour flight I finally got the courage to talk to the girls that I would be rooming with. Once I realized that they would basically be like my family for the next two weeks I felt more comfortable around them. I was ready to go off and explore a world that was never available before. After weeks of researching the places that I would be visiting I was actually living in my dream. Ever since I was little I had wanted to travel around the world. I wanted to see how the people on the other side lived and I knew that I would enjoy this experience.
That first sighting of the German written on the airport signs made my seemingly dream become a reality. Granted I did not know any German at all but just seeing the language made me realize that I am finally in a different country. Walking through the airport you could hear people speaking a variety of languages: French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, you name it you could most likely hear someone speaking in their own code. No one seemed to notice that about 25 teenagers had just gotten off of an airplane and none of them knew anything but Italian and English.
Running around Lucerne, Rome, Venice, Verona, Pisa, Monaco, Nice, and Paris could not have been more of a life changing experience. I learned how to communicate with people who were not used to a society like the one that we all live in today. I also learned that people cannot be trusted. When we were staying in a hotel in Venice we were sleeping in the fifth floor with the door open and some person stole one of my roommate’s wallet. Who knew that the world was also such a dangerous place? After this situation I learned that no matter where you are in the world there are always people who are not of the best nature and take joy in hurting others. This vacation also taught me that the people you are with is what a trip is about. If there would’ve been people who were not so enjoyable to be around then the trip wouldn’t have been nearly as pleasant. I also learned that even though you might be scared of making new friends that you should always take a chance because you don’t know what could happen next and it is better to have someone by your side then on the other side of the line. This trip was truly a once in a life time opportunity
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