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Ryker’s Introduction

Hello! My name is Ryker and I’m going into eighth grade this coming year. I enjoy many things, but a couple of my favorite activities are building, parkour, and traveling. I am excited to travel to Thailand because I have never been there before so I will get to experience new culture that I have never been exposed to beforehand. I am also very excited to try all sorts of food from all over Thailand!

A quote that stuck out to me from the reading was: “For in traveling to a truly foreign place, we inevitably travel to moods and states of mind and hidden inward passages that we’d otherwise seldom have cause to visit.”. I recently traveled to Africa, and while in the small villages miles and miles away from other civilization, I experienced exactly what Pico Iyer described in his essay. I felt things never experienced before causing my brain to think differently than it normally would. Because all of this, I easily related to this quote from the reading, causing it to stick out the most to me.