Finally! Today marked the official first day of the trip!! I was ecstatic and with high expectations, and they were met! My group and I went down to the hotel lobby to eat some breakfast and head to our first destination, which was the Boston Common! We walked around, looking like stereotypical tourists. Afterwards, we walked to the Boston Garden, which was absolutely beautiful! The atmosphere was so calming and peaceful, unlike anything I've ever seen. I wanted to stay there all day and watch the duck boats and all of the pedestrians. After that, we went to the prudential center to eat lunch. I had Qdoba and then walked around with my group in the mall. It was enormous! The Sooner Mall is pathetic compared to the prudential center. We headed to the Holocaust Memorial after which was really hard to see. There was clippings of survivors statements on the glass walls. The steam, which arose from the vents in the cement, represented the burning of the bodies. It's so unbelievable still, I just can't wrap my head around the concept of the Holocaust. Then, our travel group walked to Quincy Market and had to walk through this long hall of food, with variety out of the wazoo! It was ridiculous and so hard to pick what I wanted to eat. What felt like centuries, I decided on teriyaki chicken and rice. We all went outside to eat, admiring the true beauty of Boston and te Fenway Park area. We then shopped around, looking at people and hearing for Boston accents. We met up with all of the other kids and went back to our hotel to rest after a full "easy" day. I've never been to any of the destinations we are going to, so everything is so new. I did encounter, however, a man who looked like he was in a hurry, listening to music and walking on the praying stones of the Holocaust Memorial. I thought, along with many others, that that was extremely disrespectful and rude to the memorial. I was simply apalled at what that man did. On a lighter note, a tradition seems of baking cannolis, so of course I had to try one. Every one I looked at seem to have this tradition Italian dessert. They were wonderful! With a flakey crust and cream filling in it, topped with powdered sugar makes for the perfect dessert. My tour director, Mary Anne, was amazingly helpful! She's so easy to talk to and has such a light mood radiating throughout her body. She's nice to talk to, yet you wouldn't want to get on her bad side. Mary Anne was so informative on everything, which was also very helpful. I don't know what I would've done without her. If anyone else would've done it, I don't think it would've been the same. My travels, especially today, influenced my life by giving me a huge look on the city life. Where it is peaceful in some places, others are more roudy and cars honking at one another constantly. I'm not used to seeing all of the traffic and greenery back in Norman, so it's really neat to see all of what Bostoj has to offer. I feel like I have fallen in love with the city already! I want to move here! I'm glad I took this opportunity and I am definitely going to learn more and more each day.