Our trip started on 3 October at 6 in the morning from the bus station at Kehtna. I went to Turkey with teachers Lea, Evelyn and Piret and my classmates Kaarel and Kenet. On my way to the bus station I was so tired that I was barely standing up. At the bus station we checked whether everybody had their passports. I fell asleep on the car. When we arrived at Tallinn Airport I felt already more alive. We went straight to the check-in desk, then through the security and to our boarding gate. We had some time to stroll around the shops and then it was boarding time. I was very excited because it was my first flight ever. We flew about an hour and were ready to land at Riga Airport, but then it turned out there was thick fog and we had to fly on to Kaunas. We had waited at Kaunas inside the aircraft about 40 minutes and then flew back to Riga. In Riga we had to wait 6-7 hours in the queue and then we were given more information. We received 18 sheets which had our names on it and with those the air company covered our expenses at Riga. We went to the luggage area and then the trouble with our suitcases began. They had gone missing. When we eventually were out of the airport and reached our hotel, I was completley worn out. We went to the shop and bought some food for our dinner because the hotel didn't give us any. After our meal we stayed up a bit and then went to sleep.
In the morning it was difficult to wake up, especially because it was between 4 and 5. Eventually we managed to get downstairs, we got packed breakfast and went to the aiport. There we had our breakfast, checked in and went again through security control. By the end of our trip I was totally fed up with those security points. From Riga we flew to Munich. We had some problems there, too. At the information desk we were told that if we choose to board our next scheduled flight we would have not got our luggage. So we waited until our suitcases were found. Everybody was happy. We just sat at the aiport and waited for our next flight and when we could board the aircraft at last, I was very happy because for me just waiting is a difficult thing to do. People who know me understand what I mean by that. From Munich we flew to Istanbul and from there we had another domestic flight. When we arrived at Nevsehir I was over the moon to see some Turkish teachers and students.
After seeing this valley I think we went back to town to change money. No, actually before that we visited a mosque. A local man told us about Islam, we listened to his important talk and took photos. Then we went to a money exchange place. Our next stop was in a pottery making shop where a man showed us how a vase was made. It was interesting. He asked if anybody wanted to have a go and then I went. Kenet and Kaarel were whining a lot afterwards that I wasn't any good, but they didn't have any courage even to try. It was a pretty interesting experience. We also had a look at other items in that shop and then went to have dinner. We had it by the Red River. It was aswesome there.
After dinner we were taken back to our host families. Teachers had a party that night, so to say. I was at home with my host father. We took their child to their friends' and had dinner and communicated with the help of Google translator. It was great and then we went to his office where I played being a security officer. I viewed the security cameras and felt being important. Then we went back to their home and it was time to go to sleep.
We had to wake up early again. At 7 am we went to have a ride on a hot air balloon. Actually we had woken up even earlier. We didn't have breakfast to prevent being sick on the flight. I was sick with or without breakfast, but it was still great to be in the hot air balloon, a completely new experience. After that we went to the hotel and said good-bye to the others. I took this quite badly because within a few days Spanish and Turkish students had become good friends. We hugged each others, shook hands and went by bus to Kayseri airport. We flew again to Istanbul and started our adventure there. It wasn't easy to figure out the bus system or to find a left-luggage place. At last we found a restaurant owner who agreed to keep our suitcases. First we were suspicious, but we took all important items out and left them there. So went to explore Istanbul. We had to walk a lot. Later in the evening we returned to the same restaurant and had dinner there. I enjoyed our time in Istanbul very much. After dinner we went by underground somewhere and then took a bus. I was very happy to arrive at the hotel at last. We went quite quickly to sleep.
The next morning we had quite a heavy breakfast and headed to the airport. We had plenty of time to go the place. First we flew to Riga again. In Riga I was without doubt very happy because it felt being very near home already, although it had been a great trip. Two cars took us from Tallinn to Kehtna. We arrived home around 10pm.
This trip was really great. I flew by plane for the first time. I could experience the hassle of cancelled flights on my first trip. I had so many different flights, problems with suitcases and lots more, but to sum up I enjoyed this trip because I saw new things and learned new things as well. It was a cool and educational trip indeed.