As the “Brilliance of the Sea” left its port in Barcelona, Spain, I was excited to experience Italy, Greece, France, and Croatia, little did I know, I was going to see the rest of the world too. As we arrived in Cannes, France, the next day, I was already missing home. We had been in Spain for about a week before we left and I was beginning to miss being a teenager as opposed to a tourist. After a long day in France, I was excited to get back to the ship. I had a lackluster experience in Cannes and was hoping that I would be able to find something eventful to do on the ship. I was not disappointed. I met another boy from California named Tyler, and for the rest of the trip we were practically inseparable. The next day, as the ship sailed from the second port to Rome, I marveled at the beauty of the land and began to wonder what the rest of the world is like. I was wondering, not just about the land, but also about the people. How do they act? What do they do for fun? Are they different from me? Back on the boat I found out that people, regardless of location, are all very similar. I was lucky to meet many new friends on board from all corners of the Earth that showed me how small our world actually is. For helping me realize this, I would especially like to thank three people specifically. Melissa, a girl who lives in London, England, Ghadia, a girl from Saudi Arabia, and Tyler, a boy from Orange County, California. Over the week that I was traveling across Europe, I saw more of the world than the rest of the people on the cruise did. After touring Venice, Italy, I learned what it was like growing up in Orange County, California. In Greece, I not only learned about this ancient country, but I heard about London from someone who knew it better than the queen herself. I toured Croatia with Ghadia and I learned what it’s like being a rocker girl in Saudi Arabia. Though the names of places changed in everyone’s story, we were no different. It doesn’t matter where you come from; we’re all human. In that trip I saw more than where I was, I saw the world as a whole. I saw the way that we are all united in our lives. Whether you live in Orange County, or Saudi Arabia; a farm town in California, or London, England, we all breathe the same air and share the same world. This trip changed the way I will see the world and the people in it.
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