I am a Bostonian born and raised. The city gleams at night. Officers left and right providing you with protection. Paved roads that feel smooth under your car. This world was all I knew before my trip to
The minute I stepped of the plane I was rolling my sweat pants up and taking my north face off. The heat hit you like a punch. The minute the plane door opened to release the passengers the heat had no mercy and swept right in. Looking all around I noticed 3 things at first glance that were different in
My family took us to a village called La Reina. My father was born and raised in this village. My mouth dropped when I finally took the time to look around. Dirt roads, horses instead of cars, tin houses, clay houses, chickens in the road, a school the size of a small basement, no computers or cell phones, and children as young as 2years being left unattended. At first my heart was filled with grief. I was appalled anyone could live in such an environment. My thoughts were how could you live such a slow paced life, how could you live like this. But slowly I began to become fond of the lifestyle. For a week I bathed in the river, played dominoes all day, danced at night, and helped my grandmother cook. I awe at these memories. Living such a real life instead of living around constant motion and technology taught me something. I learned that I don’t need to be checking my latest notification on facebook every hour, I don’t need to send over 200 texts a day, and I don’t need TV for entertainment.
This trip meant more than a vacation with my family. It meant there is more to life than technology or sky scrapers. It taught me to look at the beauty in life and sometimes I need to stop and spend quality time with people instead of simply just sending them a text. My trip was an experience I will cherish for a lifetime. My trip instilled priorities in me that will help me through my life and made me wiser.
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