Prior to visiting Pittsburgh, the furthest I’d ever been out of my home state was Myrtle Beach, SC. That was a nice experience, but I’d anticipated getting more out of this trip. The difference in distance would, of course, play a factor – but there was also the difference in scenery to consider. My mom’s aunt and uncle lived in Pittsburgh, and the purpose of our going there would be to see them. I wondered what they had in store for my family and I, and it was something that I looked forward to.
Getting out hundreds of miles away from home to a place that I knew little about was both exciting and challenging. I remember coming into the city of Pittsburgh and seeing the buildings and the people walking up and down the sidewalks, and noting how it all differed greatly from what I was used to in my little town of Irwinton, GA. To be honest, it was a bit intimidating. Still, I felt as though the whole experience would give me a chance to relax and grow. Aside from that, we’d come too far to turn back.
Our aunt and uncle welcomed us into their home. We were somewhat taken aback at how beautiful it was. In truth, the neighborhood in which they lived was quite scenic. Night had nearly fallen at the time of our arrival, so we ate, talked, and went on to bed. The next day we got out and saw the city. I’m a person that can appreciate nice scenery and, as I stood looking out over the water at the buildings, bridges, and activity on the streets below, my memory gained a pleasant image that I could look back upon after our travels were done.
We saw the University of Pittsburgh and entered a church across from it that, though beautiful enough outside, provided more amazement internally with its many pews, large organ, and sheer size. We also did some shopping in stores that, though far away from those in which we normally frequented, were hardly, if it all, different. In the days that followed, we visited the zoo and Kennywood, a theme park there. My experiences at both places were rewarding, but I did encounter some difficulty in dealing with the large gatherings of people at either tourist attraction. It wasn’t as if I wasn’t used to being in big crowds, but it nonetheless excited some of my nerves.
We’d done a lot in three days time, and then came the day of our departure. In the weeks leading up to this trip, I had imagined getting time to relax and gain more experience in dealing with people. In the end, I’d gained all of this and more. Though I’d encountered problems with my shyness as I made my way through different crowds at different locations, I found that it had all worked for the good. I enjoyed the sight-seeing and time spent listening to and conversing with my aunt and uncle about where and how they lived. I’m grateful for having gone, and I hope to visit again.
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