In the summer between High School and College, I joined a band made of the best high school band students in VA and went on a journey through Europe. We performed in London, Paris, Crans-Montana in Switzerland, Innsbruck in Austria, and Rothenburg ob der Tauber in Germany. We also visited Zermatt, Venice, Leichtenstein, and Athens. Overall it was a very immersive experience, especially in less urban places like Crans-Montana. While I enjoyed landmarks in London and Paris like the British Museum and the Eiffel Tower, I felt like like I wasn’t as immersive in British or French culture as I was with Switzerland, Innsbruck, Rothenburg, or even Venice and Athens which are fairly well sized cities themselves. In these places I could feel the culture much more strongly.