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The Journey of my life!

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Fahim Chati Year 11A Coursework num: 3 Jamiatul-Ilm-Walhuda The Journey of my life! After the tiresome and very aggravating flight to our destination, which was delayed in several undesired places, we finally arrived. The time was 1.35 am. I could feel the heat of the night around my body although I was very tired. The sounds of the night were making me very curious. It was going to be the first time in my life away from my family, away from my friends (except for a few), away from home sweet home. We (seven friends and I) ate at the house of the generous person who came to collect us from the airport. No sooner had we eaten than sleep overpowered us and we could no longer withstand its power. We went to sleep at 2.00 am and woke up at 6.00 am. We woke up, brushed our teeth and dressed. We climbed into the car of the generous person whose name was Yahya. He drove us to the beautifully lit up mosque of Tampa bay, Florida. I had to pinch myself a couple of times to realise that I was really in Florida. ...read more.


After a few days we had become used to the schedule we were going to follow everyday. We found things in America very different and awkward from England. I knew I was in Florida but to be quite honest I was finding it a bit boring; I figured that I would have to make friends. America is too big; you would not find anyone walking on the streets-all the people would travel in their cars and I don't blame them. I started to make friends and life in Florida seemed much, much better. Our room used to be visited frequently by our new and interesting friends. They were fascinated by our way of speaking and used to laugh at our pronunciation. They were surprised that we knew how to use a computer; they actually thought that the English people still lived in the stone ages (the cheek). They used to take us out to visit places around Florida in our free time which happened to be mostly late at night. The roads of America are so huge and the cars are so out of shape; also, the traffic lights are based at the top of the street on a wire instead of being on the ground. ...read more.


We also happened to meet a few people from England which is always nice. The day passed in fun and in some cases fright. Ramadan had ended and it was the day of Eid. There was a carnival in the mosque car park. It was beautiful. There were rides and games for all ages and the whole of the community were together and spent Eid in the mosque. There was a sense of enjoyment around the whole mosque. People were in really high spirits and everyone was eating and really enjoying themselves. This carnival went on for two whole days and then the dreaded and awaited day came. The day came for us to travel back home and I had a feeling of mixed emotions. Of course I wanted to come home to see family and friends but I had made friends in Florida also. I felt really miserable leaving them and I felt like staying. I took the e-mail addresses of all my friends and said goodbye. I returned home on a Sunday and was overjoyed to see my family. There's no place quite like home! I keep in contact with all of my friends in Florida and I hope and pray to visit them next year. ...read more.

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