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After an hour and a half drive through the noisy dirty streets of Bogot Colombia my uncle Gustavo dropped me off at the airport He accompanied me as far as he could go because he wasnt a passenger on the plane I became much more aware of the things around me once I was alone I was barely eleven years old and I had never realized how different I was from the people in this foreign land I had traveled here many times before but this was the first time I was out on my own I had never noticed the unwelcoming stares and snickers coming from all around just because I was different I was wearing dark blue bell-bottom jeans a pair of black Nikes and a blue flowered hippie style shirt I couldnt believe the amount of people taking notice of me I was in my mothers home country a place that I love and enjoy I have never ventured out on my own but after that day I never wanted to go out again It is only human to admire something you like turn away from what you dont like and criticize what is different Or is it People dont realize that what they say or do can have an affect on others They had never seen someone dressed like I was and it caught their attention They didnt realize that their snickering and gawking was hurtful and disrespectful It isnt their fault that the poverty stricken lives they live makes them ignorant to what is outside of their home I now know that they didnt purposely make me feel unwelcome I am from a different society I have traveled to many different countries and I know that not everyone looks exactly like the citizens of my culture But at eleven I couldnt understand this The only thing on my mind was to run Instead I bit down on my lip to
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