I knew that my first adventure was going to be super exciting: my very first trip to Pakistan. My parents were born and raised in Pakistan and they have been considering going back to meet their family and to take me along as well. They always tell me to appreciate everything that I have and not take anything for granted, but it is hard to do that and I always try, honest. They want to show me how the people in Pakistan live since it’s a third world country, how they save every little bit of their money, and what their daily routine is like. After reading this journey of mine, people might change the way they act and live – well I sure did change my behavior.
Once we arrived at Pakistan, my grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins were all there to greet us. It was very nice meeting them and my dad was crying when he saw his mother! I can’t really feel his pain because I don’t know what its like to leave home for so many years. As we got onto the bus, we saw so many people walking barefoot, asking everyone for spare change. It was sad because at almost every corner there are homeless people going around asking people for money. The environment was terribly trashed. It wasn’t as clean on the streets like it is here in the United States. I couldn’t really do anything about it so I prayed for them.
When we got to my grandmother’s house, we talked all night and she couldn’t stop smiling. She was very ecstatic that we finally came to visit her because she hasn’t seen me once since the day I was born. We would always stay up late and watch movies together and go to the best restaurants there. I couldn’t enjoy that much because I went on this trip during school days, so my teacher gave me homework that I was going to miss while I was gone.
Life at Pakistan is very tough. The reason why I am saying it’s tough because Pakistan is a third world country and there are lots problems they go through every single day. The water only comes on for a limited amount of time and if I can recall I think it was only for two hours. What people do over there is that they take as much as they can and they preserve it so they can use it for the rest of the day. I think that’s sad because they have to wake up early in the morning just to get some water because if they don’t they will have to spend the day without it.
Overall, I had an amazing time at Pakistan. Everything was totally new to me – the country, the environment, the people, and the food. (It was just so delicious!) I am very happy that I got to meet my grandparents, it was a pleasure to finally see them, and it was nice meeting all my other cousins, aunts, and uncles. I am also very glad that I got to see how their environment was, and I finally got to see what my dad meant by how fortunate we are. I took that experience to heart and I know that I will never forget it. This was a very fun and educational trip for me and I think that this will help me throughout my life. Never take anything for granted, whatever you have appreciate it.
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