This friendly introduction to tropical geometry is meant to be accessible to first year students in mathematics. The topics discussed here are basic tropical algebra, tropical plane curves, some tropical intersections, and Viro's patchworking. Each definition is explained with concrete examples and illustrations. The text is a modification of a translation from a French text by the first author. There is also a newly-added section highlighting new developments and perspectives on tropical geometry. In addition, the final section provides an extensive list of references on the subject.