An Evolving Worldview
By Meredith Rhoades
EUROPE–I recently took a trip across the Atlantic Ocean and got a taste, literally and figuratively, of Europe. I navigated four different cities in four countries, three different types of currencies, times changes, and countless forms of transportation.
I learned so much just by walking through the various cities we visited. I learned how immensely different, yet extremely alike, our world is.
I took this trip with my school, Mahanoy Area, so I could experience the things we only ever see pictures of or read about in books–and that I did. I walked the narrow and windy roads of Venice, Italy while enjoying my delicious gelato. I stopped atop a mountain in the Swiss Alps and saw views of which no camera could ever capture the true beauty.
I climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower while eating a crepe. I ate fish and chips and rode a double decker bus in London. I immersed myself in the various cultures, and did things way outside of my comfort zone.
I learned more in those 10 days than I did all year in school. The trip completely changed how I view this world and the people inhabiting it. Our world is much smaller than we think.