Essay about The Cuban Island Of San Andres

1089 Words Sep 23rd, 2016 5 Pages
After exiting the plane, the first thing I noticed was the voices of the crowd. The words spoken at the Gustavo Rojas Pinilla International Airport seemed to mix together, and I could no longer focus on individual conversations like I could at Toronto several hours earlier. This trip to the Colombian island of San Andrés marked the first time I was venturing to a country where English was not the official language. In the weeks leading up to the trip I had tried to prepare by memorizing common Spanish phrases. It was not until I was surrounded by native speakers that I became conscious of how little I understood.

My mother and I hurried out of the airport and joined several others already seated in the shuttle. While en route to our resort a woman overheard us conversing in English and introduced herself. She spoke enthusiastically about her last trip to San Andrés and recommended that we try the restaurants at the centre of the island. She also cautioned us to stay within populated areas and to never go outside at night as there had been several recent cases of violent crime and normally travellers were the ones targeted. Although this concerned my mother, I reasoned that we probably weren’t going to be straying too far from the tourist areas. As soon as the shuttle reached our destination, we checked in, unpacked our belongings and headed for the beach.

For the first two days of our trip we spent our time at the resort and took advantage of all of the…

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