I fulfilled a lifelong dream by traveling to Puerto Rico in May 2014. I can’t really explain or describe my connection to the island. However, something about it captured my interest when I heard of it for the first time in elementary school while discussing the discovery of the Americas. Therefore, when I received the opportunity to visit the island last year with two of my dearest friends, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. I definitely experienced many “firsts” during the trip, most notably leaving the country, traveling by plane, hiking through a rainforest, kayaking to a bioluminescent bay, and watching multiple lizards and a toad trek across the living room floor of our condo. Also, I learned so much about the history, geography and customs of the island firsthand. My friends and I took in the breathtaking views atop the Castillo San Cristóbal, explored historical exhibits at the Arecibo Lighthouse and Historical Park, and enjoyed the nightlife in some nearby kioskos. During the time I spent on the island, I remember feeling a sense of excitement and belonging. The locals didn’t treat me as if I were an outsider or just another tourist. Instead, they welcomed me with open arms and willingly conversed with me in Spanish, English, and/or a combination of the two. Although the trip ended as quickly as it began, I know that none of my future travels will ever compare because this one not only solidified my desire to teach Spanish and embark on more journeys to foreign lands, but it also helped me discover who I am and who I hope to become. For this I will be forever grateful.