More travel news, friends!
I found out this past week that I’ve been selected to lead a group of high school students to France through The Experiment for three weeks this summer. I couldn’t be more excited!
As I was looking for the good ol’ passport, I came across a box of photo albums with one on the top: My own trip to Europe as a high schooler.
Even though A. I was once a teen myself, and B. I have a passionate, smart, emotional 16-year-old sister, I can’t predict what it will be like to travel with a group of 10-12 teenagers for three consecutive weeks. This photo album helped me remember the highs, the middles and the lows of my own trip abroad. I went with my still-best-friend-from-middle-school, Erica, and we were a mess – cargo pants, hoodies, acne and all. Enjoy!
The Top 11 Moods of an American High Schooler in Europe (circa 2003)
While abroad for the first time, I felt…
1. Appreciative of the arts at the Louvre.
Especially when we could be participants. (Erica later became a Medieval Art Historian – maybe this is where it all began?)
2. In awe of the beauty of the Swiss landscape.
3. Like a Swiss model in the rain.
(I have yet to become a Swiss model.)
4. Like a princess escaping a castle.
Disguised in a hoodie.
5. Camera-ready in front of miscellaneous flowers.
Cargo pants in full glory.
6. Camera-fatigued on the streets of Paris.
7. Excited-awkward with the new Austrian host family.
8. Badass at a festival outside Vienna.
9. Really (really) exhausted in Italy…
…except when eating gelato.
10. Silly on a slide to a salt mine.
And most importantly…
11. Empowered to take on the world.
Or at least the Leaning Tower.
So what can I expect? I still don’t know, but I got a good laugh seeing the rainbow of moods I experienced when I went abroad for the first time.