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Once upon a time, I was traveling Europe for 18 days with a group of students from places such as Michigan, Rhode Island, and a few from Arkansas. The opportunity to travel is thanks to People to People International, a program designed for teenagers to travel the world in an educational manner. I had been nominated by a friend, and my excitement was unexplainable when I received a letter inviting me to go to Europe. Sometime between exploring France and Italy, delegates participated in homestays in Germany. While in Inzell, I transitioned into a teenager during my most impressionable birthday.

 

I recall waking up that morning to not only one cake, but two. My host baked me a cream cake and a chocolate cake in the shape of a heart. She lined it with chocolate heart candies and served me a slice before sending me off to school with her daughter, Marie.

 

During school, Marie made sure everyone was aware that it was my 13th birthday. Classes sang to me in German and in English. At one point, a teacher threatened to take my phone away from me for using it during class, marking a memorable moment.

 

After school, my host family took me out to eat at an Italian restaurant, Massimo. We conversed about my friends and family, and what birthdays back home were like. I dined over pasta and sparking water (which is gross, by the way) before receiving a gift. My homestay mom bought me a yellow and green notebook, which had a sweet note written inside of it. She knew I liked to write and stay organized, so the gesture was very appreciated.

 

Once we finished eating, the family drove me to a nearby town lined in street shops. We walked up and down the streets, occasionally stopping in bookstores and gift shops. I even bought a bar of sweet-scented soap from a lady who made it from scratch.

 

Rain began to pour down before we finished window-shopping, so we splashed around along the sidewalks before finding a shop to huddle in. Marie and I laughed as we squeezed water from our hair.

 

The night out ended with me getting cozy in bed as I scrolled through my social media notifications because I finally had Wi-Fi. I had to reply to birthday messages via Facebook and Instagram, and my hosts let me use their phone to call my family. Though this has been my favorite birthday by far, it was a bit strange to experience it without family by my side. But, I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

 

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    Friday favorites with Andraea

    Friday favorites with Andraea

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    Friday favorites with Andraea

    Friday favorites with Andraea

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    Friday favorites with Andraea

    Friday favorites with Andraea

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    Friday favorites with Andraea

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