As I was going through my crisis, I did something that many others before me have done; I made a list. The first goal on my list was to travel to Paris, the city of lights. After a lot of planning and preparing, I booked my ticket and embarked on my first journey out of the United States and the Caribbean.
Paris was one of the most beautiful places that I have ever seen. Culture permeated through every nook and cranny. From the Notre Dame cathedral to the mesmerizing Eiffel tower, I was in awe of the thought that went into the city's architecture.
I stayed in Montmarte, home to artists such as Van Gogh, Dali, Picasso and Monet, and also the home to the Sacre Coeur Basilica, one of the most beautiful churches that I have ever seen. From the top of it, I had a stunning view of Paris.
A walking city, I was able to stroll with a friend through the trendy Latin Quarter and the glitzy Champs-Elysées during my stay. One evening, we even went to the top of the Eiffel tower only to rush back down to see it light up and sparkle at sundown.
Every meal was luxurious in its simplicity, the attention and love put into it always evident. My last evening meal was a plate of foie gras; I sighed both in regret and bliss. I finally understand how travelers can leave their hearts in Paris. This trip was one of the most rewarding experiences, and I am grateful for the blessings that made it possible. Author Tennessee Williams said "Make voyages! Attempt them...There is nothing else." Our generation is tasked with the heavy burden of finding themselves in a tumultuous world; one way for us to do that, it's through travel.