Wherever You Go, There You Are

As a military dependent, I have moved and traveled to many countries. Whenever I was asked by a new and potential friend where I was from, I never had a distinct answer. But that was okay with me. I thrived on it, actually. And still do. I have seen the world, four continents to be exact-Asia, North America, Europe, Australia. I was lucky and grateful to have explored and experienced the world and true diversity all by the time I was 18.

Italy

Italy holds a special place in my heart. Not only was I born in Naples, but I also lived in LaMaddalena for two years and then traveled the country while I was there. So, I have been to Rome, Vicenza,Capri,Sorrento, Florence and Sigonella. My favorite part about living in LaMaddalena, was the good food, the people and the atmosphere. I loved going to the market whenever I had a half-day at school. Now, this wasn't a supermarket or a grocery store. This was a market where every farmer and merchant brought their good to the promenade in the middle of town. There would be multiple vendors selling a range of items- vegetables,fruit, meat, shoes, clothes and accessories like purses. The markets were fun and colorful with vendors always willing to bargain a price for your budget. And the food,was amazing. My favorite dish was a pasta dish with tomatoe sauce called penne all'arrabiata. Translated, it means angry because of the spicy nature of the sauce.

London, England

I will forever remember England as the place where I started drinking milk in my tea. When my mom and I visited we explored a lot of the famous landmarks like Big Ben and the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Before we left, I made sure to get souvenirs that had those landmarks because I felt they were the most memorable out of what we had seen.

Australia

Yes, it's true what they say about Australia-the toilets do flush counterclock wise. Along with that, everything else was just as exciting and different. While there, I went to the zoo and held a koala bear and fed kangaroos. My mom and I went on a skyrail as well, a box gliding along a steel cable high in the air, so we could see all of Australian rainforest.We also visited the aboriginal people and they taught me how to properly throw a spear and a boomerang. Australia was all about exploring and trying different things. One of our greates relics from Australia is the rainstick,which is a wooden and hollowed out tube that has pins and pebbles placed inside. When flipped over the pebblesbounce off the pins and mimick the sound of falling rain. It's really soothing and definitely has to be heard to understand, why we had to bring it home.