Not first class? Trip still ‘amazing’

By BRIELE REES

Special to the Times

As I boarded the flight to Italy, I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. 

Since it was going to be my first time visiting and I've never been out of the country, I had no idea what the plane was going to look like. 

As we walked onto the plane, you could tell it was brand new. 

I turned the corner and I could see tons of little cubicles with seats, TVs and plenty of leg room. 

All my worries went away about how I was going to survive this eight-hour plane ride, until I realized that was for first class only.

I was very disappointed, but it turns out non-first class passengers still got TVs, just no leg room, which later led to my body cramping in many different places. 

I watched a total of three and one-half movies, which were luckily all free. 

Once we landed and got off the plane in Rome, we exchanged some of our money in an ATM and took off in our team bus to tour Italy.

The only downside of arriving in Italy was the time difference and jet lag. 

We left New York at 5 p.m. and with an eight-hour flight and a seven-hour time difference, we got into Italy at 7 a.m. the next morning. 

We didn't get to our hotel until about 5:30 p.m., so everyone was completely exhausted. 

It was still absolutely amazing. I noticed a few differences with the hotel here than the ones in America. 

Instead of a queen-sized bed, there were two twins for my roommate and me. 

For your electricity to work, you had to stick your key in a slot and leave it there. If you removed it, all the lights would turn off.

Even though some things are different here, I can already tell I'm going to love it here and can't wait to see more.