Stereotypes At Their Best
It was my first experience travelling abroad and I chose to take part in the school trip to Canada during Easter half-term.
I had never stayed away from my family unless it was at a friend's house for the night, even then I was nervous.
I told my family that I had signed up for the trip and their mouths dropped with disbelief.
“Make sure you take note of all the workers on the plane," my brother Arwel said seriously. "Check they're British!”
The months passed and my mum became increasingly anxious with the thought of her youngest who also had impending exams. I had turned reclusive with the only thing on my 'to do' list being revision.
It was the morning of my first adventure, I was nervous, with my brother's comments being the only thing I was focused on.
“I should be excited, not worrying about the race of airport staff,” I thought to myself.
My dad waved me off and I was daunted with the prospect of flying. After a night's sleep we arrived at the airport. I was the only one who had not flown. I stepped on the plane. I found my seat quickly and started to scan the plan.
I panicked. Where were the stewards? Where were the hostesses? And most importantly, where were the English speakers?
Hyperventilating, I finally saw an English-speaking hostess. I could breathe normally again. Contented with the smooth flight we arrived in Canada. The school we were visiting had a charity evening which we all attended. After we met the host families the concert began.
It was 2am in British time and my friend was beginning to tire. African drums, loud music and presentations took place with my friend dozing off to sleep. I still feel the embarrassment, she remained sleeping for the whole performance unaware of the staring eyes on her. The performance ended and I struggled to awake her, I dread to think what the first impression we gave was. Luckily our host family were lovely and understanding at the time difference.
The holiday experiences were fantastic, and we still keep in contact. I have caught the travel bug, but think I'll stick to transport on the ground.