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Personal Narrative: My Experience With Being Away From Home In Italy

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There I was, holding onto my suitcase, standing in the airport about to board my plane. I was fifteen years old, going into my sophomore year of high school, and I was going to Italy for ten days with my best friend and a tour group from his school. For months, we had been counting down the days until we leave. The day was finally here and everyone around was full of excitement. Everyone else had been on planes multiple times in their lives. As for me, I had never been on an airplane before and had no idea what to expect about this upcoming eight hour plane ride. This was going to be the first time I was ever away from home. The thought of being away from my family for this long, was a ...view middle of the document...

I knew that my tour guide noticed something was wrong with me because she was constantly asking me if something was bothering me. I was too embarrassed to tell her and kept my feelings to myself. I was lucky to have one of my closest friends there with me, because without him I don’t know how I would have gotten through it. He was someone who I was comfortable with and could tell anything to. When we went back to our hotel room at the end of that night, I talked to him and he was able to help me feel better and convince me that we were going to have a great time.

We went to many places, churches, museums, beaches that were extraordinary and the traditional tourist’s spots, but what struck me the most was Milan. The way people dressed and presented themselves was something I've never seen before. I have always had a great interest in fashion but after seeing fashion in Italy, my views changed dramatically. The tall leather boots and leather jackets, tight jeans on men and alligator skin shoes, something totally different than the average person in the United...

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