Traveling Abroad for the First Time
The year was 2012, I was still a minor and I wasn’t far from high school graduation. My mother got a call from my school saying I had won a monetary school award for my results.
For a 17-year-old boy, the amount I had received, which was higher than a portuguese salary, looked like a lot, and instead of buying a Playstation like someone my age would have done I wanted some new experience!
Flying abroad. Combining the fact I had never been on a plane and the fact that I had never been outside Portugal, not even to Spain!
As I was still a minor travelling solo, I had to visit a notary with my father, so that he could sign a letter saying he allowed me to travel abroad.
The destination: Switzerland
Why did I choose Switzerland?
Having my uncle, aunt and cousins living there was the first reason, as I wouldn’t be having any expenses with accommodation and food, and also because I don’t think my parents would have agreed if I had chosen a random country, where I’ve got no family at all!
I booked the flight from Lisbon, Portugal to Geneva, Switzerland through Easyjet for 150€ round trip scheduled for March 22nd.
I guess I had never felt so anxious! I was just about to have the most spectacular spring break vacation ever!
It was dark, I can’t remember what time was it when I got to Geneva Airport, 10 or 11p.m. Travelling without a cell phone to a country where people speak different languages and being alone in an airport, I couldn’t seem to find my uncle anywhere. I heard someone speaking portuguese, and I decided to ask for help, if they could let me call my mom who was in Portugal to ask for my uncle’s phone number, so that I could call him from one of the telephone booths.
Suddenly he finds me wandering close to the main entrance of the airport, we get in the car and we drive through the night to Lausanne, located 60Km east of Geneva.
This was how the feeling of Wanderlust grew inside Wild Wild Basch.