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Ayla’s Introduction

Hey guys, my name is Ayla and I’m going into 9th grade as a lot of you know. I love to play soccer and read and listen to music and I’m so excited to see Thailand. This will be my first time in Asia and I’m also excited for the opportunity to learn more about Buddhism.

My favorite quote was: “Thus travel spins us round in two ways at once: It shows us the sights and values and issues that we might ordinarily ignore; but it also, and more deeply, shows us all the parts of ourselves that might otherwise grow rusty.” I resonated with this when I read it and this aspect of travel is probably the greatest value of traveling for me – the opportunity to get out of my geographic and cultural bubble and experience other values and issues while learning about myself as well. I can’t wait for Thailand – thanks!