Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Ana Maria Suarez

July 26, 2012

Trip of a Lifetime

I want to start by saying thank you to Trip of a Lifetime for sending me to the best experience i could wish for. Can-Am express i feel was the perfect trip for me to go on. I feel that this was the best experience for me because of all the new people i met and the places i visited. I have to admit i was nervous to go on this trip because i was afraid I would not make any friends. I remember i packed my suitcase and then had to unpack and pack again because i could not make up my mind on what i should bring. The Airport was a huge step for me I have never been through security by myself with out my mom so it was different, but thank god for the friends I made at the beginning.  Our trip began in Seattle, Washington it was amazing, i remember that the same day we got to Seattle from NY we went to the hotel and then to the Space Needle. On the line everyone was already acting like we knew each other our whole lives, and that night we all said "can you believe we just met each other a couple hours ago?" It did not feel like only hours ago it felt like days to us. The next day was my birthday and I had a lot of fun, we went to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory and they sung me happy birthday, we also went to Whirlyball, a combination of lacrosse and bumper cars; it was SO much fun!

     Our next stop was Whistler,Canada which was by far AMAZING. Our hotel was my favorite of the whole trip, we got to live in suites and made our own breakfast. In Whistler we realized how well our group interacted with each other. What i mean is that since we were such a small group of 18 instead of the average 40, we were able to all become friends and we had a lot more downtime than most groups get. In Whistler we witnessed that when we went into the village for a couple hours and we had time to go to the pool. Mountain Biking was also a lot of fun, we got to see a lot of nature and it was amazing, we also went to a lake in the woods, it was gorgeous and very fun.

     After Vancouver we went to Portland, Oregon. My favorite part of Portland was Go-karting in the Malibu Grand Prix. It was so much fun! Plus inside for the arcade games everything was free since we were there with another teen tour group. We also went to the Alpine Slide and Zip line. It was so much fun, we went upside down on the Zip line. From Portland we took a plane to Reno, Nevada, and then an hour drive to Lake Tahoe.

     My favorite part of the trip was definitely Lake Tahoe. We got there and went to buy groceries for our cook-off competition, we had to plan and all compromise on a dinner that would make our directors happy. After that we went to dinner at Chevy's and we pretended two of our friends had birthdays so that they would sing to them, it was really funny. We watched the sunset on the beach and made s'mores and played games, it made brought us closer to each other . We also went on the boats and i did tubing. I wanted to make tubing a good experience so I went side to side and fast, i flipped but it was worth it. The next day we left and on our way to San Francisco we went white water rafting in the American River! Unfortunately i was the first person to fall out, but i remembered to listen, my sandal fell off but i didn't want to lose it so i grabbed it quick and got in, it was exhilarating!

     After rafting we had lunch and changed so that we could go straight to the teen club in San Francisco, it was very rushed but we had a good time and after we went to Mel's Diner. We went to Pier 39 for dinner, we also had a chance to split up into groups to eat which was always fun for us because we had to be responsible to comeback on time and not split up from our groups. Alcatraz was next, the night tour which most of us were afraid for since is sounded very scary. I was amazed at how the audio tour was very easy to follow and not boring at all. I liked Alcatraz it was a fun experience, after our tour we went to Ghiradelli Square which was amazing! Well, to me since i love chocolate. The Last day we went to the A's game and just enjoyed our last day with each other and received awards from our directors, since we were leaving the next morning. The next morning was tough we all talked about our first impressions and how much we were going to miss each other.

     From this trip i learned to be open and not to be shy when I'm meeting new people that I'm going to be with for two weeks, i regret not being more open at the beginning but I'm happy we all turned out to be friends in the end. I also learned that i can be more independent than i thought i could because i realized i can do a lot with out my parents that i didn't think i could do. Overall this experience was priceless and something i will never forget. Thank you Trip of a Lifetime for giving me the opportunity to experience the world around me.

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