Trip of a lifetime

Empowering students through summer travel experiences

Jose S.

Summer 2013

To me, being able to travel around California and see amazing places is dream, especially when my parents wouldn't be able to afford a trip like this of tremendous cost. Upon being accepted by Trip of a LifeTime a dream of mine became true, I was placed in the California Cruising teen tour trip. It was an unforgettable trip, it had helped to learn more about myself and overcome many of my personal obstacles. Upon returning from my trip, I learned to become a more interactive person. Before, I used to be a more shy person, especially whenever it came to talking to new people. This helped many times after the trip, since I work at a summer camp called LitWorld.

While I was cruising through California, I had a wonderful experience. To start off on the first day I was nervous, particularly when I had to depart from my parents to board the airplane. I already been on an airplane before, the only problem was that this time I was with a group of strangers going to California, rather than going to Mexico to visit my grandparents. This was a somewhat awkward moment for me, but throughout the trip it had gotten better. Everyday for me was a new adventure, an example would be when we went to an Oakland Athletics vs Chicago Cubs game. Almost everyday, around the corner was new excitement, expect when it came to make friends on the teen tour. In my perspective, making friends was somewhat difficult since the majority of the other kids had came with friends or family members. Nevertheless, I didn't let the fact that I barely knew anybody discourage me, I still tried. It was easy to make friends once I've already befriend my roommates, since they were easygoing people whom I'm grateful for their help that they had given me throughout the trip.

White water rafting is so much fun, avoiding the fact of falling out. When first learning to move a raft it can be consider difficult, but amazing. There are two important paddling strokes, the back stroke and the front stroke. These strokes are really easy to learn, which made rafting seem easy for the moment. Once we start to move the raft, I noticed how difficult it truly was to use a stroke. A stroke works not depending on how many are done, but how much power is put into a stroke. Going white water rafting is really fun, but very difficult to control especially if there isn't that much communication among teamwork.

Being able to go to Disneyland was a fantasy for me, it really was a pleasing amusement park where a lot of Disney's characters were put to life. Many of the rides had extremely long lines, particularly when the ride were just at least ten minutes long. In many perspectives the wait wouldn't be worth it at all, but in my case I didn't care much about the wait since the rides were fully worth it. One of the most memorable rides for me would be Space Mountain, the graphics gave me an idea of what space would look like, it was truly magnificent. While at Disney I went on another ride called Small World, this ride had a very catchy tune that made me feel happiness. Another amusement park which I went to was Universal Studios, it was an amazing experience being able to go to fun places such as these. At Universal I went on rides such as The Mummy, and The Simpsons, while also going through the House of Horrors. Both The Mummy and The Simpsons were very pleasant rides giving me both thrills and excitement. On the other hand the House of Horrors had the socks scared out of me, at every corner was a new surprise. There were spider webs clinging from the ceiling, scary monsters appearing out of nowhere, such as that of Chucky, Frankenstein, etc. The House of Horror was truly a very terrifying experience for me, in my point of view. To experience the momentum of being able to go on rides at both Disneyland and Universal Studios, can't be explained in words expect that I'm very grateful.

In conclusion, I was amazed by the experience of being able to go on the California cruise, which was all thanks to the Trip of a Lifetime.

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