Upon preparing to write this paper, many events came to mind. The event that stood out the most was the family vacation we took to California during the hot summer month of July, 2006. Excitement, anticipation, and curiosity filled the two years it took to plan this trip. The elements that made this experience so especial were; the anticipation and planning, the wonderful adventure we faced, and the impact it had on me and my family.
It was a trip that we went on with my sister and her family, which would be our first trip together. The night the trip was booked, I continuously paced the floor looking out of my bedroom window to see if my husband was home from work yet. Since he was working out of town, I did not have the chance to tell him about the trip. As he drove up our driveway, I ran outside to tell him the good news. I said “Carlos, guess where we are going in July!” before he could even reply, I yelled out, “California!”
It seemed like forever before we would finally be on our way, but before we knew it we were on the plane listening to the flight attendant announcing “fasten your seatbelts please and prepare for landing into Los Angeles International Airport.”
We were embarking on an amazing journey, with some of the biggest thrill rides the world has ever known. After showing everyone’s passports and identification at customs, the reality finally hit me. I was making my first visit to California and my second trip out of the country. As we approached California, I began to get butterflies, as if I was starting my first day of school. My first impression of the city was very busy, modern and my eyes were drawn to The Hilton Hotel where we were staying for the week. When we entered the hotel, I noticed the luxurious entrance that was surrounded by a colourful garden, which also leads to an even more elaborate hotel.
After a very delicious breakfast the next morning, we were ready...