TRAVEL STORY

Write Down How You’re Feeling On The Lantern And Light It Up… Then, Be Changed Forever

Why my life was changed at the Lights Festival

TRAVEL STORIES BY GABE
Globetrotters
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10 min readMay 12, 2024

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I believe every travel lover who gets to watch the Disney movie Tangled is fascinated with the enchanting scene where Rapunzel and Flynn Rider watch from a boat on the water a stunning display of glowing lanterns released into the night sky. To my joy, when I lived in the U.S., I found out that a similar lantern show took place in so many places across the country, so when they released the dates for a location near where I lived, I didn’t hesitate to book my tickets.

When I heard about the show, I invited a friend to join me, but he refused to go. That kind of made me want to give up, since I wanted to enjoy some good company and of course, take good pictures. I would be too embarrassed to go alone and have to disturb the people around me to take photos of me.

But that was until Rafa, who is one of my best Brazilian friends, also heard about it and invited me to go with her — without knowing I was dying to find somebody to go with me. When she told me she wanted to go, I could not believe it. I told her that this friend I invited complained about the cost of the tickets and how he was not willing to drive to the event — I…

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TRAVEL STORIES BY GABE
Globetrotters

I am a poor kid from a Favela (slum) who visited 30+ countries. My moving stories will inspire you to achieve your travel dreams no matter where you come from