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A story all about overcoming the language barrier and achieving your dreams within one trip to Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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I landed at the airport in Amsterdam in the early evening. Our hosts had explained in a letter how to get from the airport to the hotel, where we were to check in. It turned out that I had to travel by train to the hotel. Yes, but that was not as easy as it seems, and it was the biggest difficulty of the whole trip. I supposedly followed the directions exactly as they were written, but I didn't get where I needed to go. I went back to the airport again, and again, and again…

I was all alone in an unfamiliar city and country and my English was really bad. I had a hard time understanding the explanations and was very scared, even desperate. But there was no other way out, I had to somehow get there.

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Why this story is important
This story is important because it shows how everyone can change their future for the better, no matter their age or the nationality. I learned that you shouldn't give up, even when you are in a hard position and that making mistakes is part of the process of learning. Now I see visiting other countries as an unique experience and sometimes one that can change your perspective of the world.
How this story was created
I talked with my grandmother and discussed whether she had any interesting trips around Europe and she happily informed me that she did. I wanted to know more and she revealed that her first experience outside Bulgaria was very recently, referring to her trip to Amsterdam. I proposed to share her story and she agreed. We decided to do an interview and discuss anything she might also want to add in.
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