Personal Narrative: My Bus Trip To California

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Have you ever gone somewhere that you wish you never had to leave? Somewhere that, upon your departure, you felt a piece of your soul being left behind without you. This amazing feeling is how I felt on my bus trip to beautiful San Francisco, California. In March 2017, I got to go for a band trip with my eccentric friends, talented music students from another school, and two dedicated music teachers. This trip introduced me to a vast new array of cultures, concepts, and ways of life that I had never previously experienced. In the short three days I spent in California, I explored, shopped, and created memories that are sure to last a lifetime.
The bus adventure of a lifetime began early on an otherwise quiet Saturday morning. On the way down, I was gifted with the chance to stop and see the magnificent states of Washington and Oregon before arriving nearly 24 hours later in the “Golden State” of California. I had been to Northern California once before, but I did not appreciate the pure beauty, and specific culture, because I was
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The day began with an informative three-hour bus tour around the city that highlighted places I had heard of, but never had the fortuity to see. These sights included Chinatown, Japantown, and the Castro District, and ended back down at Fisherman’s Wharf. There, we boarded on a boat on course to Alcatraz. Alcatraz is a small island located in San Francisco Bay, and was operated as a federal penitentiary from 1934 until 1963. The island was the only island prison in the country, and is now a national recreational area. After we docked back in the city, we headed out for dinner. This was followed by an invigorating trip to the Davies Symphony Hall, where we all received the incredible opportunity to watch the San Francisco Symphony from the very top of the hall. Following the symphony, we returned to the hotel to rest after the first full day of our

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