Help Me Travel with My Friend for Her Graduation Present
A few months ago, my friend Madison's mom contacted me and asked if I would be willing to go on a trip to Europe with Madison. She and Madison's dad wanted to get her something big for her college graduation and thought that a trip to Europe with her best friend would be a perfect gift for her. We made the plans and kept the secret from Madison for a month (boy, was that a challenge!). After her commencement ceremony, we all went back to her place for a small BBQ celebration with family and friends and she opened her gifts. At the end of the evening, her parents gave her an old suitcase and asked her to open it. When she did, Madison saw a stack of papers that included an itinerary and a print-out of a trip registration page. Her face lit up and she asked her parents when she was going, at which point, Madison's mom told her to ask me because I was going with her. Seeing my best friend so excited was one of the most wonderful moments of my college career.
In addition to this wonderful trip being an opportunity to see some of the world with my closest and dearest friend, it is also an excellent opportunity for me to experience a little bit of the history of these countries first hand. As a history major, I spend a majority of my time looking at old documents and artifacts or researching different events. However, I never truly feel as though I can understand the wonderful or horrific things that I read and learn about because I haven't been there. My favorite part of history to learn about is 20th Century Europe, partially because it is a subject that is so oft ignored in the American education system unless you study it in college. I truly enjoy learning about the atrocities committed by Hiter and his Nazis or by Stalin and his Soviet henchmen, mainly because this time period is still so recent that the (real) historians are still learning so much about it whereas so much of the rest of history is pretty much covered. One of the things that Madison and I will be doing on this trip is we will be going on a tour of Dachau, a small town in Germany that served as the location for the first Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Visiting this site will be so sombering but also incredibly educational and memorable for me as it now serves as a Holocaust Memorial museum and I have taken several classes on World War II and on the Holocaust.
The money I raise for this trip will be primarily used for the initial cost. As I am going on this trip through a company called EF College Break, it is a mostly inclusive trip. The price includes all transportation costs (both the airfare to and from Europe and the transportation during the trip), 1-2 meals per day, handpicked accomodations, professional local tourguides, entrance fees to all of the local attractions and tours that are on the itenerary, a metro pass for each city to use during our free time, and more.
Thank you oh so very much for helping me make this exciting trip happen. I appreciate it with every fiber of my being!