Local teen gets chance at dream trip

ISLETA PUEBLO, N.M. (KRQE) – The creators of a popular MTV show chose a lucky local teen to take her dream trip.

It is all part of a new web series that gives young people the chance to cross something off their ultimate bucket list.

The teen wrote to the show’s creators years ago. She forgot about doing so until they showed up to her class with cameras two months ago.

“We want you to go to Italy?” they asked.

It was the Isleta Pueblo native’s first trip without family, her first trip out of the country and it was all caught on camera for this week’s launch of a new online video series.

It follows the creators of MTV’s “The Buried Life” as they make other young people’s travel dreams come true.

Brianna said she first met the four guys two years when they visited briefly in Albuquerque.

She also wrote to them more than once about her interest in traveling to Italy after learning about the Renaissance.

She shares an appreciation of art with her dad, a painter, but neither of them expected what came next.

“It was totally mind-blowing that they actually picked her,” said Ron Olguin, Brianna’s father.

“Being at the Colosseum, that’s when it hit me. I was in Italy,” Brianna said.

She traveled for a week through cities, including Rome, Venice and Florence.

“I saw all the paintings I learned about in my class. It was like, I don’t know, it’s like unreal seeing them in person than on a computer screen,” Brianna said.

Her dad said he is grateful because he wouldn’t have been able to send her on a life-changing trip like that on his own.

“We see the Vatican on TV and that’s probably about the closest we’ll ever get to that, but for her to have actually experienced it is a once in a lifetime,” he said.

You can watch the full episode of Brianna’s story or write to “The Buried Life” to tell them what’s on your travel list.

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