This Is An Essay Called "The Peach Tree" Which Is A Story About A Personal Epiphany Like One Found In The Writings Of James Joyce.

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The Peach TreeBy: Chris GrahamFor some people, sitting around a home during the summer playing video games is a blast. Maybe for some, but in my opinion, their lives are just going around in circles. I believe that a person's life is determined by the things that they do and the actions that they take. And for a lucky few, some experiences are so extraordinary that their lives actually make a dramatic turn around. I had just such an experience a couple of summers ago. I know for a fact that it made me a totally different person. A group of students from my French class, including our French teacher went to Paris, France. He introduced us to a whole other world that I had never dreamed existed. My horizons were expanded and I grew a new appreciation for this alien nation. Taking my first step off the plane and into the smoke filled terminal felt like diving into a massive sea of blind folded bodies. People were running around and calling out to other people, screaming their names, and trying to get from one place to another without getting lost. We were introduced to a tour guide who was tall and skinny, had messy curly hair, bottle cap glasses, and talked like Kermit the Frog. This man went by the name of...Jeff. Without Jeff's help, and the little bits of French that I knew, I would have been just as blind and lost as those people who were bumping into me. At first everything, for the most part, seemed the same as in the United States save a couple of minor differences in the currency and the vending machines. As the days rolled by, I grew more and more accustomed to the ways and practices of the French people. I gained a better understanding of the geography of the city and most of all, I mastered the do's and don'ts of the metro. Our group was free to roam around the city and the metro was the fastest and move convenient way to do it. The fact that the metro is underground let us avoid the jam packed mess of cars just a couple of dozen feet above our heads. On the third day of our journey, after we had adjusted to the time change and the menu, a classmate of mine and I decided to ride the metro in search of a small town that fit the description of Rouen that we had pictured growing up in America. We got on the metro and rode for over an hour when we got to Rouen, we got off the train and walked up one of the streets greeting people as we passed by and looking into the shop windows. We came to a place where the front of the building was all open and there were rows of video games along a wall. We looked around and saw that they were mostly all used and outdated games, and were walking out when we met a French boy who was about our age (15 at the time). I introduced myself in French and asked for his name."Bonjour, je m'appelle Christope. Tu t'appelle comment?" I asked. He replied saying, "Mon nom est Étien", which means, "My name is Stephen." He seemed friendly and laughed at the way we stumbled through...

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