Things I Learned While Travelling Europe
Written by: Esha Mavi
Photo(s) by: Esha Mavi
In the summer of 2018, I had the life-changing opportunity to tour Europe. This was the first time that I traveled to Europe, and it was beyond amazing. I traveled through 7 different countries and had a chance to visit some of the most famous tourist attractions in the world. Visiting some of these attractions made me realize that they all have an important lesson to teach. Here are some of the things that I learned during my trip to Europe!
Stop #1: The Eiffel Tower - Paris, France
The Eiffel Tower is perhaps the most distinguishable symbol of not only Paris but all of France. Its unusual design was one of the first of its kind, launching France into the highest standard of industrialization at the time. However, during its creation, the tower’s design was questioned and many believed it was impossible to construct. Despite the odds, it is now one of the most well-known buildings worldwide. To me, the Eiffel Tower represents determination. Despite the negative feedback and near-impossible odds, it became one of the most significant structures in all of Europe and is admired around the world. This showed me that if you truly believe in yourself and you put in the work, even the most out-of-reach dreams are attainable. It taught me to never give up in the face of adversity, for anything is achievable with determination. This lesson is something that I will use throughout my life; any time I feel like giving up, I’ll know that in the end, my hard work, sweat, and tears will all be worth it.
Stop #2: The Roman Colosseum - Rome, Italy
The Roman Colosseum is one of the most distinctive historical structures that still exists in Rome. It was used as a symbol of the strength of Ancient Rome, as this is how they publically “disposed” of prisoners they had captured during their conquests. Though it has a bloody and gruesome history, the structure still stuck with me as a symbol of bravery and courage. The prisoners who fought within the Colosseum were those who refused to fight alongside the Romans--they stayed true to who they were. They chose to fight to the death against other prisoners or animals as opposed to joining the Romans. To me, this symbolizes the true courage and bravery of the gladiators. This left me with the lesson to always stay true to myself, despite what the world wants. It inspired me not to conform to the societal standards that are placed upon us when showing integrity is what our society really needs. If the world is against you, so be it. At least you know you are true to yourself, your values, and your word.
Stop #3: Venice, Italy
The City of Venice had one of the most significant roles during the Renaissance and was one of the few founding cities during this time. The city’s geographical location allowed for the Venetian Renaissance to move into other areas of Italy, as it was an ideal location for trade. Visiting Venice was especially significant to me because it symbolizes change. It showed me that one should not be afraid of change, instead, we should welcome change with open arms. Change is the beginning of growth, something that we will always need. Without Venice and its important role in the Renaissance, we would not be living in the society we are today. The Renaissance bridges the gap between the Middle Ages and our society now. Without significant growth and change, we would never have advanced as a civilization. This city inspired me to always be open to change and face it head-on because it can create a whole new world.