It all began in 25.06.13. It was the day of my flight to USA. I was going with a few students of my school and 2 other schools. I had finished all my packaging on time. I was very excited about this tour. This tour consisted of 11 days at Orlando, Florida. I got ready and headed to the airport where I met the other students. From our school, Nazneen Akhtar Mam was going with us and Maria Mam who is the Principal of the City School was also going with us. Mizan sir from hakil too went with us. They gave us instruction to do or not do at this tour. We heard them carefully and then said goodbye to our parents. We got some group photos and then headed for check in. After checking in, we passed the immigration and then waited for the plane. Our flight was 5 hour 30 minutes late. So, we had our dinner at the airport at Spice Restaurant. After we waited for a long time, the plane finally reached Dhaka Airport. We were going by Qatar Airways. The wait of about 1 year was finally over. We boarded the plane and in a short time we took off. After staying about 5 hours in air we reached the Doha Airport. The Transit time was very less due to the delay in Dhaka Airport. Once again we boarded a Qatar Airways plane and took off. We first passed the Middle East, they journey was or 12 hours.
Then went through African and Europe next we crossed the Atlantic Ocean and finally we had reached at New York. We had landed at JFK Airport (John of Kennedy). After a hour of transit at JFK, we took a Jet Blue domestic flight to Orlando. After like about 3 hours, we finally reached at Orlando Airport. There we met two more of our escorts. We went to hotel by bus. Our hotel was very good. Its name was Rosen Inn. After reaching hotel, we got our rooms. It was late at night and everyone was very tired. We went to our rooms and sleep quickly. The very next day was for shopping. We got wake up call and went for breakfast at the hotel. After having breakfast, we got ready and two big vans took us to ‘Best Buy’ which is an electronic store. There were many electronic goods to buy from there. We spent a lot of money buying these goods. We met our escorts thee. It was Mizan Sir, Avan Sir and that day we had our lunch at Mc Donald’s. After that our escorts took us to Florida Mall. We were very excited in shopping there. There were many shops including sears, DC penny, Game Stop, Adidas Originals, Aerosols, Nike, and Puma etc. We also went to M&MS World in Florida Mall. We bought a lot of products and then went to have our dinner at an Indian Restaurant. We returned to the hotel and slept. The next day, we got ready and headed for sea world. The escorts gave us coupons to have our lunch in Sea World Restaurants. We all first rode Wild Arctic ride in Sea World. It was simulator ride in which we flew in a helicopter and saw the different animals of the Arctic. Then everyone rode Manta and Kraken, which are two very thrilling rollercoaster. Slowly everyone in the team got separated into small groups. I, was with my best friend Shadman. I first went to the Antarctica Empire of the penguins’ ride with Shadman. It was a very cold ride where we saw the life of a penguin and many other penguins behind glass. We had our lunch in `Expedition Cafe’. The restaurant was decorated as Antarctica and the food was also very good. After we had our lunch, it started to rain. So, I went to see the indoor shows with Shadman. First we saw the Shamu’s Show; where killer whales do many tricks. Then we saw the Dolphin’s ‘Blue Horizon’s show. Next, we saw a show in which people were dressed as fish. At last, we saw the ‘Pet’s Ahoy’ show. For me that was the best show because, many different pets did very funny tricks. After that everyone met each other at the main gate and returned to the hotel. We changed our dresses and went to have our dinner at the Indian restaurant once again. We slept in our hotel and wake up the next day. At morning, after having breakfast, we did swimming at the hotel’s swimming pool. Then we went to Orlando Disneyland.
The escorts divided us in groups of three of four. In our group, there was three people Shadman, Fardin and Me. They gave us $15 to each student for having lunch. After entering Disneyland, we first went to space mountain indoor rollercoaster. Then we saw the presidents of America show and learned a lot of America’s history. Next we went to Splash Mountain 75m high drop in water. We had our lunch and went to the Grand Canyon rollercoaster. When it became night, we saw the electrical parade and then enjoyed the magical fireworks. After that, we came to the parking lot by a ferry and met other students and escorts. We went back to the hotel and had our dinner. The next day was going to be our first day at NASA. After taking breakfast, we headed for Kennedy Space Centre visitor complex by bus. We always stayed in our single group. First, we went to Space Shuttle Simulator where we experienced riding a rocket and learned many things. Then we went to early space exploration and the newly opened ‘Atlantis’ section. In the ‘Atlantis section, we saw many presentation on the retired Atlantis space shuttle. Then we saw the Atlantis space shuttle itself which went in 33 missions in space. We had our lunch. Then we went with astronaut Jr. Reilly to WALMART for shopping. After buying a lot of things, we went to subway to have dinner. We went back to the hotel and woke up the next day and had our breakfast. Then we went to Kennedy Space Centre visitor complex once again. First we saw a movie about Space in IMAX Theatre. Then we went to Angry birds space encounter and had a lot of fun. Next, we went to Astronaut encounter; where we saw a presentation on what can we explore in the future. We had our lunch in Orbit Cafe. Then we started the Kennedy Space Centre guided tours. We went on board of a bus and then the bus took us to the launch pad of NASA, where rockets took off and went to outer space. After that, the bus took us to ‘Astronauts- Hall of Fame’. There we learned many histories of astronauts and saw two shows. We also experienced many things. Then we saw the world’s strongest machine Apollo 11. This was the first rocket which was successful in taking humans to space. We also touched some moon rocks over there. Later we went to Cocoa beach of Miami by bus. We had a lot of fun. Then we had our lunch in Del Taco Mexican Restaurant. After that, we returned to the hotel feeling very tired. After having breakfast the next day, we headed for Universal Studios. We went there by bus. We were going to the Islands of Adventure part of Universal Studios the first day. At first we saw a presentation on Universal Studios in a lounge. Then everyone rode the Incredible Hulk Rollercoaster. After that, we role many other rides such as the amazing adventure of Spiderman, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Jurassic Park river adventure and Doctor Doom’s Fear fall. We had our dinner is Subway. Then we came back to the hotel and slept. The next day, we again came to Universal Studios. First everyone rode the Rip Ride Rocket rollercoaster. Then we rode other rides such as Shriek 4D, Revenge of the Mummy rollercoaster, Transformers the ride 3D, Disaster, MIB alien attack, Terminator 2 3D etc. After having dinner in Burger King. We went to the hotel. Next day was our flight back to Dhaka. Before our flight, we had a lot of time. So, we went to Prime Outlets for shopping. After having our lunch in Taco Bell, we headed to the airport Our flight was all on time. We came back completely like the time when we went to Orlando. At Dhaka Airport, everyone was sad to leave their friends and teachers and go home I reached my home safely. I will miss everyone in this tour a lot. TAHSIN WASIT AMIO