A Letter Home

Ballinode Community College


Le Moana Bora Bora,


French Polynesia


Dear Mum,

Hi mum! How are you? How’s the weather back home? I wish you came with me on this holiday because it’s amazing. You would’ve loved it. Although it’s too long of a holiday for you, this was an incredible experience. I’m glad I went. So much unplanned events happened but they made the trip even better. It all started with me going to Lourdes in France. It was one in the morning  when I got to my hotel. I was exhausted! During the first week of my trip in Lourdes, I visited many places. I visited the Notre-Dame just before it burned down. It’s so beautiful inside and now it’s all burned. I also took a tour around the Chateau Fort of Lourdes. It’s a stunning, humongous fort. The views were stunning and the history was so easy to follow. I also visited the wax museum and many other museums. The history in Lourdes is honestly fascinating. My plans for the second week were to explore the natural sites and see how the locals live. I visited Pic Du Jer Funicular which is a funicular railway in the French Départment of Hautes-Pyrénées. I took the railway up to the summit and took a small walk along the path to find unbelievable views. Another place I went to is “La Ferme du Bon’Air” which is a farm with locally-reared animals ranging in size from ponies to guinea pigs. My third week in France I planned to spend in Paris. But when I was in the train station, things took a turn for the better. When I was waiting for my train, a man in his twenties came up to me insisting for me to take his plane tickets to Bora Bora. He explained how he couldn’t go and he couldn’t cancel the plane tickets or hotel. I stood there for a minute not knowing what to say. He then said that he was giving them out without a charge. I knew that I would regret it if I didn’t take them. So I took them. Mom, I know you are probably going to think that I’m insane for doing this but Bora Bora was a place I always dreamed of visiting. For two weeks!! The flight back to France is the day before the flight back to Ireland. I might be jet lagged but it’s worth it. This is not a chance you get everyday. The flight to Bora Bora was the next day. It’s only been one week so far and wow. It’s amazing. I faced my fear! I swam with SHARKS! And stingrays. Imagine doing that. I also did something that dad always wanted to do, skydiving. It was the scariest time of my life. Honestly this place is what a dream holds, a beautiful, tropical island. The water here is crystal clear. I took a yoga class on the beach one morning and let me tell you, it was definitely something I needed. I even climbed Mount Otemanu! Only up to its shoulder though. That’s the highest you can climb it.  I still have one week left here in Bora Bora before I come back home. I’ll enjoy as much of the sunshine as I can and I promise to bring you some back. Haha. I can’t wait to see you and show you all the pictures while telling you many stories from this unreal adventure.

I even bought gifts for you!!

Lots of love,

Weronika xx