Our final morning was an early one. Our wake-up call was for 4:30 a.m.. We had to be on the bus for the airport an hour later. When we got to the airport, there was a lot of hugging and a few tears as we said goodbye to our friends from North Carolina.
We checked our luggage and brought a backpack to the gate. We finally boarded theplane, for our Air Italia flight to the USA. It took 10 hours for us to arrive at JFK in New York. We now had to claim our checked bags and clear customs. Then we took our bags to a different terminal before checking them with Delta for our flight to San Antonio. During our six hour layover, we again met the women from Austin, TX. We finally boarded our plane at 7:00 pm. The final flight was four hours long. We landed around 11:20 central time.
This trip was amazing! I had hoped and dreamed of traveling to Europe for many years. It was better than I thought possible. I know I won’t forget about it any time soon. To see in person the things you’ve only heard or read about is just this indescribable feeling that puts a smile on your face.
I learned so many new things about each place we visited. I tried some very delicious food and desserts. I learned a little French and Italian. I grew really close to all the other girls as well. I hope our friendships continue for many years to come. I sold more than 2,000 boxes of cookies during each of the 2013 and 2014 cookie sales to help pay for my trip. It was so worth it! I’m so thankful to my parents for all their support in helping me to reach my goals.
I would love to someday return to Our Chalet as short term volunteer. You must be at least 18 years old, a Girl Scout or Girl Guide and able to speak English. You can volunteer for one to three months.
Our tour director, Sabrina, was so much fun and so full of energy. She invited us to come see her in Spain.
After reading this blog, I hope you see all of the good things that come from traveling. Know that it really can be life changing and broaden your view of the world. Plus it’s nice to get a break every once in a while. Enjoy your travels!
At the Rome airport
My family on the flight home