In my freshman spring break my family and I traveled down south to the Dominican Republic. The city where we stayed was the capital, Punta Cana. When we arrived in the airport I was amazed by the beauty and openness of it as a whole. When the plane pulled around to depart from the plane, my family and I looked out the windows at a tropical scene of palm leaf covered buildings. When we walked off the plane escalator we were met by the heat of the tropical sun accompanied by the refreshing caribbean breeze. The image I have of those first steps in Punta Cana are that of a vacation advertisement; The thatched roofed bag check, vacationing people claiming their bags, and all of it backed by a Turquoise Blue sky. The tagline would say, “Paradise Awaits, Right off the Plane.” The security in the airport was minimal and like nothing I had ever seen. A line of people exiting the plane simply picked up their bags and left.