Dreading the Unfamiliar

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Sometimes it takes a second glance to fully see the significance of a place that may seem irrelevant at first. There is a place that holds this type of importance for me, though it took another visit for me to fully understand it.
There aren’t many places I have traveled to in my life. But there has been one place I’ve been to twice. I was born in Bangladesh and moved to New York when I was three years old. The first time my family went back to visit our home country was in the summer of 2004, when I was nine years old. The second time, and most recent, was this past summer. My two trips were extremely different and if I hadn't gone again last summer, my opinion of the place would be completely different right now. The summer of 2013 was an uncertain and awkward stage in my life. I had just graduated high school and was about to head off to college. Right in the middle of all this confusion, my parents decided it would be the perfect time to visit Bangladesh as a family. I, however, did not want to rush my process of getting ready for college by leaving the country. But this was a trip that had been prolonged by my family for a couple of years so there was no way I could get out of it. And so, I was about to visit a country that I was not so enthusiastic about. What started out as a dreaded vacation, ended up being one of my most treasured experiences. In hindsight, I realize my attitude was the problem when we first landed in Dhaka. I did not want to enjoy anything and I was very irritable. Everything, from the heat, the mosquitoes, the humidity, and mostly the crazy amount of people everywhere was irksome. Being one of the smallest countries in Asia, the amount of people the country can hold is unbelievable. The minute I stepped out of the airport doors, I was hit with the stench of sweat and poverty all around me. My uncles welcomed us with a car…...

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