My First Trip To London!

You made it to this age, and now you're thinking back to when you had the guts to embark on an adventure like this. Embrace who you are and feel good about yourself. Even if it may seem like a long time ago, always take stock of your accomplishments since nobody does it better than you.

My first independent trip to the UK was an unforgettable experience. I was 16 years old and had never been away from home without my family. The trip was planned as part of a summer school program. Feelings of excitement and anxiety rushed through me. I arrived at Murtala Mohammed Airport at 4 a.m. Everything was so different from what I had seen on television. It was a massive ash building with a big antenna on the roof. I thought to myself. "Is this real?"

 As soon as I entered the building, I couldn't believe my eyes. There were a lot of people intending to travel like I was. I was confused about why everyone was panicking because the day wasn't bright yet, and I didn't think the pilots had arrived. My family and I walked to the counter to make inquiries. Unfortunately, we were informed that the flight had been delayed, but I should check my bags and that provisions would be made for me to stay in a hotel close to the airport. 

I was a bit disappointed, but I understood that there must have been some technical difficulties that caused the delay. It is Nigeria; what could go right? I declined their offer and decided to stay with my family and wait until the plane was ready to go. My family and I waited around, trying to make the best of the situation. I had a sudden realization: I wasn't going to see my family for weeks. Tears welled up in my eyes, and I soon started to sob. After several hours of waiting, my flight arrived, and it was time to say goodbye.

 I carried a brown bag that contained all my documents. With one last hug and a few words of encouragement from my family, I made my way to the gate tearfully. I looked back one last time, my heart heavy with sadness, as I prepared to board the plane. Everyone kept staring at me and wondering why this little girl was traveling on her own. As I got to the checkpoint, I was asked a question by the customs officer that I wasn't prepared for: "Where are your parents?" I nervously answered, "My parents are sending me to a summer school in the UK, and I have a chauffeur from the school waiting for me." I showed them the proof in case they were confused. I beamed and told them I was going to have the best summer ever. The officer just smiled and let me through. I made my way down the long aisle and couldn't believe I was finally embarking on this trip by myself. 

As I settled into my seat, I reflected on all of the hard work that got me here, and I was suddenly overcome with a feeling of pride and independence. I also realized that so much of what we take for granted in this world, like convenience and predictability, is often denied to those who live in countries like Nigeria. I finally made it to Heathrow Airport after several exhaustingly long hours in the air. As soon as I stepped off the plane in London, I felt relieved to have made it there safely. That feeling of relief only intensified as I got my passport stamped and stepped into a world full of conveniences, predictability, and safety, and for a brief moment, I forgot about the problems of Nigeria. And so my adventures started in this way: by visiting all the historical sites, I'd always seen on television.

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