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June 26 2006 wasnt a typical day in my life this day marked the daythat I began my journey to Austria in Europe for twelve days withoutanyone I knew well I was twelve years old and now looking in the rearview mirror I honestly had not a clue as to what was going on in theworld I was all packed the night before and now at seven in the morningit was time to load my mothers car with my things and embark on ourtrip to Chicago to catch my noon flight at Ohare International AirpotEverything went fine on the way to the airport Nothing was toobothersome until telling my mother and father bye then the tears camerolling down my face like a rollercoaster down a hill Loading the stuffy plane wasnt too difficult of a task but finding aseat next to a complete stranger was the difficult part because I am shyand not comfortable around strangers I find a seat next to another kidwho appears to be near me in age at the time I guess him to be fifteenor sixteen years old he has dark hair and glasses and something abouthim seems inviting I sit down without saying a word Im just hopingand praying that this thirteen hour flight from Chicago to Austria isntas silent and awkward as it is right now As we prepare for takeoff Ibuckle my seatbelt and try to think of the positives of my adventureThe loud roars of the engine and the flapping of the wings of the planeare not helping I am coming up with absolutely nothing positive but Iknow I cant turn back now I feel trapped We begin flight and everything seems to be going as planned for ourflight As far as my plan they could not be going any differently I amsitting in a seat next to a stranger on the longest flight I have everbeen on in my life The first hour
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