[By Noor Shahzad]
Relaxing at home, hanging out with friends, going to concerts, staying up all night, sleeping in all day and going on amazing family trips. Summer vacation is the time of the year everyone looks forward to. For some, it can be traveling to somewhere as far as Australia, or somewhere as close as Venice beach. Here are some of the amazing places La Cañada students visited over the past summer.
Brianna Kang, along with her family, visited Santorini, Greece, Athens, Greece, and Rome, Italy. These locations were chosen by her mom as they have a family tradition of taking turns and choosing where they visit each summer. From getting a fish pedicure (which is illegal here in the US) to snorkeling in the bright blue water, hiking up to volcanos, visiting the famous colosseum, and breaking plates, her two week trip was filled with fun. But Brianna’s favorite part of the trip was staying in Santorini. She recalled, “Santorini was so beautiful. The water and houses looked just like they do in pictures and films.”
When asked about the craziest thing that occurred during the trip, Brianna responded “Well, coming back home was a pain. Our flight from Rome to Los Angeles was overbooked, and the only option we had was to take a flight to the UAE and from there to LA. So we waited for 15 hours at the airport in Rome and took an 8 hour flight to the UAE. We were supposed to get on to our connecting flight to LA; however, our flight was once again, overbooked. So we stayed the night at a hotel, got onto a plane the next morning to begin our 17 hour journey back home.”
Despite the craziness, Brianna ranked her trip a solid 10 out of 10 because she got to experience and see an entirely different culture and experience things that she couldn't experience here in the US.
Sophomore Tomas Tuszynski traveled abroad to Poland, Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Czech Republic with his family to both visit his extended family and explore Europe. There, his family kept themselves busy with various activities such as sightseeing, hiking, and boating. He recalled that the most irritating event that happened to him during the trip was when he and his family were in Poland and they got locked out of the apartment that they were staying at and missed their dinner reservation. During his vacation, Tomas discovered his new favorite food - Polish tomato soup. Tomas enjoyed his stay in Poland more than Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Czech Republic because he got to see his cousins, aunts, and uncles who he doesn't get to see very often.
From Europe to West Africa. Junior, Emily Matuska, braved the deserts of Morocco. Visiting Africa has always been on her family’s bucket list due to their desire to experience a different culture. One of the coolest memories she recalls from the trip is the humming of the call to prayer every day at 5 o’clock.
She commented, “I would rate my trip a 7 out of 10 because it was really cool to see a completely different culture and lifestyle than what I’m used to. But it was also kind of stressful because we didn't know what exactly to expect and it was ridiculously hot. It got frustrating at times, because the the Moroccans would purposely tell us the wrong directions to get us to walk by their stores so we could purchase things. Some of the pros of this trip were seeing camels openly walking around on the sidewalk and the food!”
Although this year’s summer vacation was cut short, students made some unforgettable memories. We can't wait to find out what students will do over the winter break!
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