This week was spring break and I spent it in Athens, Munich, and Amsterdam. One of my favorite things of the week occurred in Munich. My mom was born on a military base in Munich and she lived there for about a year while my Grandfather was still stationed there. When we were deciding where to travel to I thought that her being able to see her house would be something special for us to do together and something she may not get the chance to do again. During one of our days in Munich, we were close to the street she lived on and decided to get a taxi to take us there. When we got to the house it was a cute small house completely unlike things you would see in America. We got out and took pictures in front to send to her parents and then got back into the taxi and went back into the city. When it came time to pay, I handed the driver the cash and looked at my mom saying Happy Birthday (her birthday is the 27 of March and we would not be together to celebrate). This little act of kindness made my moms day and it was also interesting to see where one of the places she lived was.
This adventure was not one that involved going to the typical sightseeing attractions. This would not be listed in tour books anywhere. It was not like saying I visited the London Eye or went skiing in the Swiss Alps like some of my friends can say. I went an visited a house. I Did not even go in the house. However, this day will always be one that my mom remembers and because of that, it is the favorite things that I did this week.
However, not everything I did with my mom was my favorite thing ever. My mom is very into art ( she was an english major). I on the other hand don't love going to art museums and would rather walk around the city. However, I didn't want to disappoint my mom and went along with her. Turns out the museum we went to had four floors and was huge. I spent all morning walking through that museum and admiring the art. While I noticed that some of it definitely stood out as being impressive, others I could not help but to wonder what their significance was. While it was not my favorite way to spend our last day in Amsterdam, I was happy that my mom was happy.
This taught me that when going on a vacation, there are other people involved who may have their own preferences for what to experience. While my mom always tries to please me and make sure that ai get to do what I want, I can similarly do the same for her. In addition, i don't always have to spend trips with other people. I could go off on my own and do what I want. I could have told my mom that rather than her feeling rushed because of me that I am going to go to a different museum and we could meet up for lunch. I have to be willing to go out of my comfort zone to both make sure that other people are happy but tat I dont compromise too much on my own happiness.
I'm Sabrina Kirsch a sophmore physical therapy student at Duquesne University. I will be spending the spring semester of 2017 in Rome, Italy where I will eat my way through all the gelato and pasta they offer. My goal is to see everything possible and visit as many countries as possible.