My friends and I chatted animatedly on board the cruiser. Some of us took the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air and salt spray. While it is only a short ride to the seaside from our hometown, it is also expensive and disruptive to our school hours. For many of us, it was the first time ever seeing the sea. The ride was bumpier than expected, causing one of my friend to lean over the side of the boat and vomit. Rather than being sympathetic, most of us laughed at her. Not too long after, several of those leaned over the side of the boat as well.
The Capitol soon loomed before us. Given that most of us had never set foot in the capital city of our nation before, many of us jumped to our feet in excitement, craning our necks to get a better view of the city. As described by maps, tourist and other travellers, the city's beauty was breathtaking. Even at this distance, we could see tall spires , delicate rooftop gardens and the mighty pyramid in the centre of the city.
The cruiser docked and most of us practically ran down the gangplank as if our lives depended on it. Many of my friends started taking out recording devices to document their first, and somewhat ridiculously funny, trip to the capital. Grabbing tourist maps, we being to plot our journey for the day.
The maps showed a city laid out in five concentric circles. A layer of land, followed by a deep, wide moat of fresh water, then another layer of earth, another trough of water and finally the...