I can't explain how nervous I was. When I arrived to England and I got to the hotel, finding myself all alone in the hotel room, I was more nervous than I've ever been. But then, knowing that the whole floor was used for ESU competitors, I went to the next room and knocked the door. There, I met the competitor from Rwanda, a girl called Cynthia, who, more than helping me to arrive to Dartmouth House (the place where all the competition took place was my friend through all the competition. Then, everything went perfectly well.
I met lots of people from different countries, from different realities and we got to talk about our lives and countries with the complete truth. Not only I learnt that the world is full of different points of views, based on culture and environment, but I also experienced it. Besides, I got to understand that the things we read in newspapers, and watch on the news, are not always the reality. To get to know the truth about what is happening in the world, it is necessary to hear it from the people that are living it, not the ones that are "telling" it. I got to know the reality in England from the mouth of our mentors who had lived there all their lives. I was also able to meet the Royal Pincess, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, Anne, who was really charming and with whom I got to talk about how thanks to the English and the Drama departments of our school, I was able to compete there.
I made lots of friends with whom I'm still in contact every day. Among my closest friends I can name the boys from Italy, Pakistan, Denmark and Iceland, and the girls from Rwanda, Nigeria, Spain, Ukraine and Argentina. Even though none of us won the competition and neither of us made it to the finals, we didn’t care because we were having so much fun that the results of the competition didn’t really matter. What was always the most important part, was the experience I'm sure we all had.
Anyway, I want to thank all the people that helped me to achieve what I just wrote. Miss Eli, Anto Jaque and Cami S. Stone, who were always by my side helping me not only with my English and the ideas to create my speeches, but also with the complete support and patience I needed. I would like to thank Mme. Paulina Valenzuela who helped me to be able to develop my speech on the stage and to believe in myself. I also would like to say thanks to the English Department, to Mme Cony and also to the people from the ESU, who were always there for me.
Arriving to the hotel
With my friends, Silvia (Spain), Alberto (Italy) and Cynthia (Rwanda) in front of the Buckingham Palace.