"Jing! Wake up! It is already two o'lock in the morning," my mom shouted. "It's 'already' two o'clock in the morning?" you might ask, but for today, waking up that early was necessary because our Brown-I cohort was finally heading to Providence, Rhode Island.
|Our Luggage In the Dark|
Demanded by Don to get to El Cerrito High School before three thirty in the morning, I left home at three, and got there at three twenty. The sky was still dark, and almost no one and no car was on the road, and at the same moment, I was still thinking about whether I forgot to bring anything important, and listening at my parents' reminder that safety is the most important part of the trip. I was the first student to arrive, and what was welcoming me was the blowing cold wind, which made my body shiver.
After all of us arrived and got our luggage weighed, Don handed each of us (including parents) an itinerary, did the last reminding session, and hoping that all of us will have a lot of fun during the trip. Then, it was photo time which Don took a group photo that symbolized the start of the study trip. Before the shuttle arrived at four thirty, parents, students, chaperon, Don, and Ms. Kronenberg waited in the cold wind and talked with each other.
Finally, the shuttle arrived. It was right on time. The luggage was put on the shuttle, and all of us needed to face the fact that we are on our own now. I hugged my parents, but I was afraid that my tears would fall down, I did not stay there long and hurried onto the shuttle. The trip officially started.
Sitting on the shuttle and looking out at the Bay, the lights were shining in the nameless dark, and my mind was under a complex condition. I realized that I will not be in this familiar place for the next one month, so I was really anxious, but at the same time, I understood that this will be a golden opportunity for me to learn independence and many new things.
This was many years after my last domestic flight. I was scared that I brought things that were prohibited, and at the same time I did not even know that we had to get out our laptop when we passed the checking station, so I was paniced. I was glad that everything went well. I was free to go!
It was six ten already; it was time for us to head to Chicago Airport. The flight was crowded, and I sat between Ms.Scott and a California student who was also heading to Rhode Island. What a coincidence.
|Ms.Scott and I|
|We Are Finally at Providence|
|The Front Door of the Hotel|
We arrived at the hotel called Providence Biltmore. The lobby of the hotel was astonishing; it was decorated with old and fancy furniture including chandeliers and some golden decorations. Since I am the only girl in the team, I am able to enjoy the room by myself. It is big and comfortable, and I got to scattered my items all over the room.
|The King Crab Legs and Lobster Tail|
Now I've finished showering and am sitting on the bed writing the blog. When I was thinking about what happened today, I was smiling at the same time. Although today was tiring but it was definitely fun. I still have to prepare for tomorrow and be ready to wake up at five o'clock in the morning. Good night!