Traveling is an experience like no other. Sometimes you might be expecting something from that destination you’re going to, but when you actually get there it can catch by surprise. Teach you things you’ll never learn in school. This year I went to Bogota, Colombia. I went for a month. I can give you a brief explanation of how great the trip was, but not all the words in the world can express the way I feel about the trip. You’ll have to go there and experience it for yourself.
Colombia is a country like no other. With positive and negative stereotypes, the country of beauty and drug trafficking. Bogota is the Athens of South America, with its many universities of all sorts. The city is mesmerizing. Graffiti all over the place, around every corner, and when I say this, I’m not exaggerating. But the graffiti in this city are not just gangs trying to show they’re official status, there are other types of graffiti. Truly remarkable stuff, I would call it art, and I ask myself, where did they get the time to do this masterpiece?
Bogota also has traffic like no other, sorry Los Angeles. If you can drive here, then you can drive anywhere. Driving here is something else. You seriously have to cut people off, dough holes, pedestrians, and risk you’re life to get to where you want to go, and again, no exaggeration. Bogota has two sides, the colonial side and the modern side. Both well kept and mixed in at the same time. The people are very respectful and very well mannered. Some of the friendliest people I’ve ever met. Bogota also has a night life that will keep you wanting to come back for more.
But one thing that really caught my attention was when we went to a slum in Bogota, and the life style of these kids living here, wasn’t the best. But they appreciated everything they had, and were happy. It boggled my mind, because they practically have nothing, but yet they were still happy. But it made me happy that they were happy. Back in the states kids complain about everything. How they’re new iphone sucks, or how slow there computer is, and how they hate they’re car, etc. Just all the things they take for granted, and don’t appreciate what they have. And that really hit me. How the kids in Colombia have nothing, and are happy, and the kids in the states have everything, and are unhappy. I don’t understand. But I released that people don’t need a lot to be happy, and that we should be grateful for what we already have.
Though everything was going great during the trip, the only thing I didn’t like was the dinner my family cooked every night. It wasn’t disgusting; we just ate the same thing every single night, rice, beans, and pork. And eating out is highly expensive in Bogota. What really made this trip different from any other trip I’ve been on before; this was the first time traveling alone, caring for myself, which made the trip very unique. You have to rely on yourself, and you get to do everything you want to. But the trip really hit me when I came back to the states. I’ve never been happier to come back home. Seeing everything how perfect it is, and how well organized this country is. There is no place like the United States. I now appreciate every little thing I have. I don’t take any of it for granted. I came back to the United States and stronger and wiser person. I will never forget this trip. It changed my life.
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