By Jahnise M. Clements — GCU Student
This European tour trip was such a good learning experience. It was my very first time leaving the country and to visit many countries in a short amount of time. Also, I am the first one in my family to travel the world at such a young age. It made me realize there is so much of the world for me to visit and understand.
The very first stop on this trip was Amsterdam. Even though there was no time to get rest from the time we got off the plane until the time we got in the hotel room at night, I enjoyed every bit of it. It was a great feeling to go backin history like going to Anne Frank house. Even though I had learned about her horrific last days of life, it was a different experience actually visiting where she was hiding and learning how she survived during that time.
My first night in Germany I got to go to a Straw Hat Festival that included good food, fun, and lots of people. It was more like a big concert that filled the streets. Germany was lots of fun and so different from what I am used to at home. In Europe so many people are on bikes and walking around, and that is something I am just not used to because places are so far from each other where I live.
Then we went to Italy, where I hated the hotel/motel we stayed in because it reminded me of the slums meaning it was run down and just not up to my standards. Yes, I had a bad hotel experience, but I still enjoyed the country because the weather was great and the cities were beautiful. For example, Venice was a lovely city where a man showed us how to make glass art that was unbelievable. He even let volunteers come up and help him sculpt the glass.
Next we ended up in the lovely country of Switzerland where the dinner every night was great. This was the first time on the trip where I was excited to have dinner.
Our next steeping stone for the trip was France. My first thought of France was that I was not going to like their food because I had heard they are known for eating snails and a whole bunch of weird stuff. Surprisingly I enjoyed dinner. I was so excited to see the Eifel Tower. It was something I always knew about, so to finally see it was a big deal.
The last but certainly not the least stop of the trip was England. I really enjoyed being in London because it reminded me of New York, but much cleaner. I like how it was so diverse; it seemed just like home. I liked London because they spoke English and I knew exactly what they were talking about.
I look forward to being apart of another trip that is offered and to get more stamps in my passport.