Adventure is out there- Part One

I was given a chance of a lifetime. Not many people are granted with the same opportunity as I was. For my whole life I have wanted to travel the world, to experience things that aren’t normal to me, and to stretch my comfort zone. My school gave me the opportunity was to travel to England through Explorica, a site that creates trips to different countries at reasonable prices, and I took it. This was my first airplane, first time away from my parents for an extended period of time, and the first time on foreign land. However, it was something that I will never forget.
Things happen for a reason. Before that trip, I didn’t know any of my traveling buddies. Well, I have spoken to some of them before, but I still didn’t really know them. My twin and I signed up to room with one other person from our grade. She had traveled to Japan the year before, so we figured she would know a little bit about what to do in this kind of unfamiliar territory. We spent half a year waiting in anticipation for the day we would leave, and finally, it arrived.
Waiting in an airport is torcher. You drive a distance to a place where you have to wait an obscene amount of time to board a plane where you again have to sit for hours until you reach your destination. All you want is to apparate like Harry Potter. So, we met at our school at nine o’clock in the morning and made our way to the airport, where we waited. And we waited. And finally, we got to board our plane. But, here’s the catch, we had a layover in New Jersey before we could even cross the sea. And there we waited some more before we could sit on the plane for six hours to fly to London. And after all of that waiting, we have finally arrived.
You would think that sleeping on an airplane would be easy, right? All you have to do is close your eyes and eventually you would drift off to sleep. But it’s not as easy as it would seem. So, most of us descended the plane sleepy eyed, forced to start the next day. After we got our luggage, we walked out into the waiting room to meet our tour guide, Alex. And once the introductions were made, we had to wait some more because the other part of our group didn’t arrive yet. They were from Indiana.
People aren’t always as they seem. I want you to remember that because it will come up again in the next couple of posts about this trip. There were three kids from Indiana and two teachers that were joining our group of twenty-two, and once they arrived in the airport, it was time for all of us to start our day.
Day one was tough. You can’t expect teenagers to be able to go two days without sleep. So, as you can imagine it was hard to remember what we all did that day. We went to our hotel right away from the airport, hoping we could get into our rooms to freshen up. However, the rooms weren’t ready yet, so we had to settle for dropping our stuff off in a meeting room and using the restrooms to freshen up. Once everyone was as good as they could be, Alex told us a little about how things will be done on this trip and then we were off.
Alex took us on a walking tour around London. We took the tube into a more central location and made our way around. We got to see Trafalgar Square, Thames River, and Chinatown. But, like I said before, I don’t really remember much about that day. It was my first time overseas and I was jetlagged. However, I do remember this, London was gorgeous. It was very cold. Something we weren’t used to right away. But, it is a city that I would want to return to someday.
That night was a bit interesting for us. We received a fish and chips dinner, something I don’t even remember and somehow we ended up back in our rooms ready to hit the hay. My twin and I roomed with someone in our class that we knew but weren’t the greatest of friends with, so it was a bit awkward. Michelle was her name and she doesn’t care much for awkward situations because they make her uncomfortable. So, what does she do? She starts to reenact the YouTube video “How animals eat their food”. After that we became best friends and this trip didn’t seem so scary.
This concluded the first day. And the second came almost too quickly. However, you will have to wait for that. For right now I want you to remember some parts of this day because they will come in handy for the rest of this trip as well as the next.


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