Over the summer of 2010 I went on the trip of a lifetime. I spent ten very short days in Europe with people I had gone to school with; they were almost complete strangers to me. I have always been the quiet girl and have kept to myself, over those ten days everything changed. Not only did I make a group of friends that I’ll never forget but it’s also how I got to know my boyfriend of six months.
When we all met at the airport I didn’t know who I was going to talk to and when I found out whom my roommates were I was terrified. I was going to have to share a room with two girls I hardly knew, we ended up having a blast. In each city and country we were becoming closer and I had a feeling I would have someone I would keep in touch with long after our trip was over. Our group consisted of kids from L’Anse Creuse, Maryland and Dakota High School but we ended up being like a family, a big family.
Once we landed in Berlin, Germany I was in awe, I was never expecting everything to look so beautiful. All the little cafés and restaurants made me want to try every single one of them. The food was amazing and I could have tried and eaten all of it. A couple of days later we went to Prague in the Czech Republic where we were introduced to different surroundings and people. After Prague we ventured to Vienna, Austria and were able to walk where some of “The Sound of Music” was filmed and we were all so excited. The final stop was back in Germany, Munich. We spent our last two nights seeing the city and saying our goodbyes to the tour guide and our Maryland friends. It was a bittersweet moment when we boarded our final plane home. Our tour guide, www.educationaltravels.com, had different activities planned for us so we were never bored. We learned things in each city but we had time to walk around and see it ourselves. The meals they had planned for us were absolutely delicious, I was never disappointed. There was food that I wouldn’t have normally tried, such as salmon, but I did and it was great, they know how to pick a meal.
There is so much going on in the world around us that I didn’t see until I was actually there. I saw so many kinds of people and how they live; it’s extremely different from how people live in the United States. Their culture is so much different than ours, I now see why they consider us lazy Americans, they walk and take the subway everywhere, whereas we just get in our car and drive making sure we can get as close to our destination as possible so we don’t have to walk.
After college I want to go back to Europe and explore it more. I want to get more stamps on my passport so when my future kids ask me where I’ve been I can show them that mommy has traveled the world. It was a trip I will never forget because it made me want to see more of the world and learn more.
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