BY DEVIN PABIAN
When the holiday break begins, freshman Trevor Thacker said he wants to travel to New York to visit his family. Thacker said he and his family go every year, and he looks forward to spending quality time with the family members he rarely sees.
“My family started this tradition because we never see this part of my family and my parents thought it would be a good idea to go during Winter Break since I wouldn’t miss school,” Thacker said. “[Traveling to New York] is one of my favorite things that I do all year. I wouldn’t want to spend my holidays any other way.”
In addition to visiting family, he said he enjoys seeing all the snow New York receives, as it is different from the hot and humid weather in Florida.
“My little sister loves to roll around in the snow and it reminds me of when I was younger and used to roll around too,” Thacker said.
Like Thacker, Spanish 2 and 3 honors teacher Mileidy Milone said she has some big plans for this year’s holiday break. She said she and her family are traveling to Machu Picchu, Peru.
“I cannot wait for all the fun times my family is going to have [in Machu Picchu],” Milone said. “My family and I have been looking forward to this trip for so long.”
Milone said the trip is going to consist of hiking in the Andes mountains, which is something she has always longed to do.
“The hiking through the breathtaking scenery [in the Andes] is going to be an amazing time,” Milone said.
According to Milone, she said she is most excited to spend quality time with her family and enjoy the culture and food they will discover.
“This [trip] is going to be the best trip that our family has ever taken,” Milone said. “I am so thrilled to see what Machu Picchu has in store for us.”
Last year during the holiday season, freshman Nicolas Pineda travelled across the Atlantic Ocean to Spain with his family. He said they took this trip to see what Spain had to offer, and Spain blew away his expectations.
“My family wanted to travel somewhere new and winter break was the ideal time to go since the weather was really nice and I didn’t have to miss any school,” Pineda said. “[Going to Spain] was a once in a lifetime experience that I will never forget.”
Pineda said the highlight of the trip was going to a Real Madrid soccer game. He said it was so surreal to be in the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, which he had seen pictures of and watched on television for many years.
“The atmosphere of a Spanish soccer game is different than anything I have been to before,” Pineda said. “There is just so much energy in the fans. It was so exciting to be there.”
Pineda said this was a trip he hopes to take again soon, as there were so many more destinations he wanted to experience. For instance, he said he wants to go to the exotic beaches and to Ibiza.
“I know [travelling to Spain] is a once in a lifetime opportunity, but I would love to go back [to Spain] sometime in the future,” Pineda said. “I know there is so much more to experience in this great place.”