The first time I stepped foot out of the country
The year was 1992. I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston was the number one song in the land. The Bodyguard, Aladdin, Home Alone 2, and A Few Good Men were in the theaters. Neon windbreakers, Zubaz (those crazy colored, zebra pattern pants), overalls (with one strap down, of course), and the grunge look were all the rage in fashion. That December, I completed my first semester of my freshman year at Marshall University. Later that month, after Christmas, my dad and stepmother took my stepbrother and me to Niagara Falls, Canada. That was the first time I ever stepped foot out of the country.
|A postcard I picked up in 1992.|
Looking back at the few pictures I took from that trip, in hopes of jogging my memory, I do remember it being incredibly easy to cross the border. It was nothing like what I experienced crossing the border this summer when I visited Canada. You must remember, my first trip out of the country was almost a decade before 9/11 - passports were not required and no questions were asked. I remember that I did bring a copy of my birth certificate with me, just in case.
|The American Falls (left) and the Canadian/Horseshoe Falls (right)|
|Evidence that the mist freezes on everything...|
|The American Falls at night|
Even though it wasn't the most foreign of destinations to serve as my first foreign country experience (like Mexico, England, or Japan would have), I'm so glad for the experience. To see the falls in winter, with all the ice and snow, is something that many Americans, especially those of us who live further south, never get to see. I'm also glad that my father shared with experience with me. I've not traveled much with my dad, I've taken by far and away more trips with my mom, but he gets the bragging rights on having taken me out of the country for the very first time.
|My stepbrother, my dad, and me on the deck of the observation tower, the American Falls in the background.|
What was your first foreign country that you visited? What was the experience like? Thanks for reading and thanks for stopping by. Have a good one!