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Travelling around the world – does it always mean just to have fun?
One month ago, the school in Holsted, where I’m working with the students as a Development Instructor, organized a trip to go to Disneyland in Paris, with two students from the Botilbud.
When they asked me if I would like to go, I said yes, but I didn’t know exactly what I could expect from the trip.
We left Holsted on Monday at 04:30 and started the long travel by minibus.
We were 6 people, and among us there were 2 students. For privacy reasons I will call them with other names: “Caio and Sabrina”, and there was also Herle, a really good pedagogue who works with these students during the week.
After 3 hours of travelling we really needed to have some energy and to wake up properly with a good cofee, so we deciced to stop at a service station and to have breakfast.
After a while we resumed our travel and during the journey, even if it was long and not too confortable, there was a really good vibe in the minibus, with music, laughing and Caio sleeping after watching some of his favourite cartoons.
About sixteen and a half hours of driving later, we finally arrived at our destination. Then it was time to unload our luggage, and we were ready to organize the beds. There was one room for each student and one small room for the other four people, so it wasn’t the best we might have expected after a long trip.
The day after we went to Disneyland, a big “ Village” full of people, games, shops and happines.
Before we headed to the games and fun, we went to have breakfast.
I remember that i was in the line to take the food for Caio, I don’t remember exactly what food it was, but he wanted about 12 pieces of sweet food, so I ordered it for him and after 30 minutes in the queue I took his food and went to sit down.
When I sat down Caio started to shout and get a bit angry because he was missing one piece of food, then I tried to calm him down and i started over in a new queue, so it was not the best way to start the morning.
After that, we went to different rides and games like the flying elephant and revolving cups and also to different shops, to buy souveneirs and presents for friends.
During the day, we were always focused on the students, the only time to relax was during the night while we were sleeping.
The thing that I liked a lot is that for “Sabrina” this was the first trip far away from her family and her home.
This student for the years before was not able, even to have a photo for a passport, so just overcoming that and then travelling with us to another country was a big step for her.
I really remember the hapiness in her eyes during these days.
After Disneyland we spent the last day in Paris itself. We went to visit the Eiffel Tower and had a walk around. it was amazing, to see just a little part of this beautiful city.
We were supposed to stay there for two days, but after visiting the Eiffel Tower, Herle understood that for “Sabrina” something was wrong.
Basically she was homesick; after 5 days away from her family for the first time it was reasonable. She had already reached a very good goal anyway.
So we decided to head back home the day after.
After about four or five hours of the trip back towards home we started to hear some strange noises coming from the mini bus. It turns out that the axle was not so good, so I drove back very slowly, and when we finally arrived home I was very happy, because the only thing that I really wanted was to go to bed.
This travel taught me that sometimes there is a need to be more patient and to have adaptability and flexibility.
So, just to answer the original question from my point of view: Travelling, like all of life, is not always about fun, but is what the travel teaches you, the moments and situations that you share with the others and what you can learn about yourself, you might say what you can experience.
“You can’t appreciate the Sun, without rainy days.”
By Filippo Valente, Italy
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