I got to see the world this summer. I stayed out all night on a street corner in Dublin, I wander the streets of London with a new friend all night, I chilled in a coffee house in Amsterdam and drank wine under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and thats not even the half of it. From bar crawls in Ireland, to watching the sunrise on the beach in Barcelona with strangers who had turned into family, I had the best summer of my life.
I started my journey alone, choosing to embark on a 25 day tour across western europe with 39 strangers from across the country. From the second I got off the plane, I was no longer alone. I met some of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting and made some friendships that span much longer than a 25 day trip. I met strangers in bars that I felt more connected to than some people I see everyday. We all shared a bond, we all wanted to see the world.
I could go on for days, or even weeks about how special and incredible my trip was this summer but I don’t think there are even enough words to describe it. I am so beyond thankful that I was fortunate enough to experience this.
If you are even considering going to see the world this summer, I highly recommend EF College Break. The fact that I didn’t have to deal with booking hotels, or being alone. There was always so one who wanted to do the same thing as me whether it was going out dancing all night or getting crepes and riding a carousel. Never in my life had I had an experience so farly exceed my expectations.
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Today is thanksgiving, and its been almost 4 months since I got home from my trip and the memories haven’t faded, sometimes it feels like a dream, but every single day I am thankful for every second of it.
Carol Dantas, 21 years old, became a mother at 17 of Davi Lucca, 3 years old, son of Neymar. This child changed her life and became her favorite subject to talk about. “I matured so much. Davi gave me a kick of maternal instinct that I didn’t have at all before. Today I’m even the mother of my friends, the type who tells them to wear a jacket or take the umbrella before leaving the house,” commented Carol.
Carol makes sure that she’s able to watch her son grow up. She knows this age passes by fast and likes to be present in the moment, taking care of Davi almost full time. “I have a nanny. She washes clothes and takes care of things, but he (Davi) mostly stays with me. Sometimes when I leave the house he’s with me. If I’m able to stay with him, then I do,” says Carol. “I love his nanny, she treats me like a daughter. She’s been working with my family for so long, but Davi is very attached to me. And I like that.”
Davi says: “Do you know who my dad is?” In spite of the distance, Neymar - who plays in Spain for Barcelona - is a very present father. “Davi spends a lot of time with his dad. All he has to do is say that he misses him and I’ll send him to Barcelona. There he has his dad, his fathers friends…He comes back talking boy stuff, like girlfriends…He even comes back speaking some spanish!” said Carol.
“Now that I have the habit of cooking at home and calling friends over, Davi acquaints himself with whoever comes over and starts showing off his toys. He speaks to them like an adult. And he loves himself a taxi driver. He’s all: ‘Hi, I’m Davi.
“When he goes to Barcelona, he drinks all the soda he wants and gets expensive gifts. But it’s part of being a child, right? He likes to make up for the time he doesn’t spend with his dad. Here at home there are rules, Im not always giving presents or giving him soda… When he wants a present, he asks: ‘Is tomorrow my birthday?’ And he only wants expensive presents. He’s going through a phase with dinosaurs. If only you saw how much a dinosaur costs!”
Carol notices that Neymar misses him son. “We talk to each other daily. He likes to know about everything and hates it when you don’t tell him. Even more now that Davi is such a jokster. He misses him a lot.”
Davi Lucca has been attending school since he was just one years old. “He also swims. He’s a fish, he already swims by himself without floats. If I let him, he’ll spend the entire day in the pool. I have to allow him, right? Watch him become a professional swimmer. His dad says he should be a surfer.” Neymar isn’t upset that Davi hasn’t followed him father’s footsteps in soccer. “Whatever Davi decides to be, we will always support him.”
Carol plans on having more kids, but she’s single. “I didn’t like being pregnant, I lost a lot of bodily liquids and had to always be lying down. I want to have other kids and actually enjoy being pregnant. Ocassionaly, Davi asks why he doesn’t have a little friend with him at home. I’ll say, ‘Not right now, play with your other friends!’”