Teen edition " Students, travel the World … or not
Middle Park High School senior
Go outside, it’s nice! Go out of state, it’s a great change of pace! Get out of the country. It’s a much needed change of heart! We mountain kids got to see the world.
Josh Jahn and Brenna Dee are both Grand County natives, but are taking slightly different paths away from home.
Brenna’s most memorable travel experience to date is a night in the Nepali Himalayas during the Buddhist Manirimdu Festival. While in a tree, she watched the full moon rise over the mountains as the valley below pillowed with fog.
Josh’s memories prove to be equally adventurous. On an expedition through the foothills of Colorado, he experienced three flat tires, a thrashed and abandoned camper, and a whole lot of wasted time.
Josh has visited nearly every state bordering Colorado in addition to Wisconsin, Nevada, and South Dakota. Brenna has traveled to Mexico, Costa Rica, Nepal, Switzerland, Germany, and several of the lower 48 spanning from California to New York.
Traveling isn’t just about seeing the sights, it’s best to come away with a deep understanding of yourself, or the world.
Brenna has obtained this knowledge.
“I see poverty in a different light, it’s more real to me now,” she said. “I am motivated to do the most with the opportunities in my life, because not everyone has them.”
On the other hand, Mr. Jahn believes in unlimited possibilities. “You can go wherever you want, and do whatever you want. People get sucked into being told otherwise.”
Josh is headed into the future via fan boat or submarine, “Wherever the road takes him”, which could include Europe or time shacking up with the locals in a third world country, far away from the all-inclusive resorts. Next fall, Brenna Dee wants to spend time volunteering in a Spanish speaking country, possibly Ecuador.
A fine entity of travel: when you come home, it’s sweeter than ever. But, in order to enjoy that bliss, it’s necessary to explore like these fine individuals plan to do.
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