Hopping on a plane and flying to various destinations feels natural to me. I have been doing it most of my life. However, this particular trip had me itching to get of my seat and depart the plane. I had never been out the country before; this was a new adventure that I was determined to conquer. This was no boring place either; it was to Cancun, Mexico. It is not very often that my family chooses exotic and tropical destinations such as this one. Naturally, some of my first thoughts were to lie on the beach and soak up the sun but when we arrived I knew that there was so much more to this vacation.
I was immediately surrounded by a variety of different people and unique things. I saw families, couples, newlyweds, and friends. I was filled with sense of appreciation. If so many people had wanted to come to this magnificent location, I must be the luckiest girl in the world to be able to too.
After we left the airport, the ride to the resort was what I would say, interesting. I had never experienced such a thing in the middle of high ways before. There were men with machetes cutting the plants. Out with them were horses and goats. This was an immediate culture shock. The ride was also breathtaking. I have never been surrounded by so many palm trees and beautiful plants. I was truly in paradise.
The resort we stayed at was unbelievable. The moment that I walked off the van, I was treated as if I was royalty. They took my bags, greeted me kindly, offered me anything that I needed, and kindly showed us around the place in the most graceful manner. I had never been treated as if I was so important before. The resort included a variety of restaurants and activities including canoeing and scuba diving. Our suites were also very luxurious. The activities on resort included pools and daybeds on the beach.
We went on the vacation with my father’s company and they hosted banquets and mixers for all the people attending. This allowed me to branch out and meet new people close to my age. I wanted to hang out with all the kids but my sister did not. We never got to know the other kids because of her shyness. This trip taught me a valuable lesson in that way. I now try my best to not hold back and be myself so that I can enjoy everything around me.
One of the days that we were there, we attended the city. I was taken away by the culture involved in the markets. I learned so much just by walking through the city. Later, we took a historical tour, which included visiting ruins left by the Mayans. The Mayans were so advanced even though they did not have the technology we do. I gained a lot of experience historically through this trip. I have a new respect for the indigenous people of Mexico.
I also experienced the culture through going zip lining. The people were so personable and their hospitality was remarkable. After going through the forests, we went to swimming holes where I did something I never did before. I zip lined into the water, which was a great time. I learned about the environment, the people, and other exciting things about the area.
This trip will be a memory that I will have for the rest of my life. This trip was the trip of a lifetime.
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