Moments before boarding the plane to start a three-week journey through Europe, I spoke to my father. I was a bit concerned with this trip and wasn't sure if it was the best idea. I told him that maybe this trip was too long, and that I had a lot of things to catch up with during the break."Experience is the best way to learn" he replied, "Europe is home for some of the greatest moments in history. You will be able to visit all the places you learned about in school." I didn't quite understand what he meant with this, but I also didn't know what awaited me at the other side of the Atlantic Ocean.
After a few days in the old continent, I couldn't agree more with what my father had told me, in fact, I thought it was much more than that, this trip served as motivation to me. Weather it was Gaudi's monuments in Barcelona, or Michelangelo's statue of David in Florence, I was beginning to get history like I never had, I felt like finally all the pieces began to fit together. It's an amazing feeling when you learn not because you want to pass the test, but because you are motivated and interested. Motivation really makes the difference in how you learn, for me its really hard to be motivated in class, specially subjects like history where there is a lot of information, but like my father predicted, experiencing all of this kept me motivated which helped me learn better. It was as if this trip switched me on.