My trip to France.

Essay by jadoreXstarzHigh School, 12th grade January 2004

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Who would have thought that someone's life could change in just two weeks? Well, mine did during spring break of my junior year. I went on a two-week trip to France with my French class. We traveled all over France, from Paris to Mont Saint Michel, along the South of France, and even to Switzerland! I visited places I usually saw on the television screen. I even climbed 627 steps on the world famous Eiffel Tower. I truly enjoyed visiting the Louvre Museum. It is so big that people say it takes about one whole month to go through the entire museum. That visit was very educational and interesting, especially when I finally got to see the most famous painting in history, The Mona Lisa. This once in a lifetime trip changed my life for the better in only two weeks.

As I sat in our tour bus looking at the unique, European buildings of Paris, we suddenly passed by a huge group of protestors.

At first I did not think anything of it, but as I took a closer look I noticed that the signs being held read, "Anti-Bush" or "U.S. go home." My initial feeling was terrified, which quickly turned to anger. Then, it hit me with a big bang, we are in war! Being in France and knowing that we were obviously not welcomed, made me realize that I was in danger and my days could be numbered. As a result, I learned that I should not take anything for granted.

Since it was my first time in another country, I have never experienced any big cultural differences. It was my first morning in France and I was craving for some sausages, pancakes, and eggs. When I entered the meal room, there were no signs of the...