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  • We pulled out of our Dexter, Michigan driveway on July 5th. The goal of our family road trip was to show my sister and I the Great American West before we became too old to enjoy an entire month of family time. My alterior motive was to be ready to run my first marathon five days after returning....

  • My name is Tommy Bronkowski. I recently had opportunity to travel to the United Kingdom for an extra curricular academic activity, in which I am very grateful for. I traveled to Oxford University to take part of a summer educational program, where I studied the fields of law and philosophy in...

  • For as long as I can remember, I’ve had anxiety and depression. My doctor told me that the depression was likely passed down to me from my abusive father, but I’ve always figured that it probably resulted from the anxiety that was induced by growing up in a strict Southern town.  Depression’s not a...

  • Starting Line. The notorious San Francisco fog continued to roll in, sending chills up and down my back. I continued to stretch muscles that had already been stretched, checked my shoelaces for the tenth time, and attempted to pace within the diminutive space which I had managed to secure, as 1,766...

  • Amusement parks, fancy hotels, beautiful resorts - these are the places I like to visit. Everything is provided for me, and I can just go around doing what I want. So when my parents said that we should go camping in Yellowstone National Park, my immediate response was no, No, and NO. I did not...

  • I have forever and always thought of myself as a city girl. The plains of rural Kansas were never inviting, and seemed unimaginative and commonplace to this bustling girl. However, I recently came to appreciate the simple nuances and subtleties that accompany wide open spaces during my stay in...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Almost any person that travels outside the United States becomes a little frightened when traveling outside of their native country. In my case, I traveled to Colombia, a Republic in South America that has struggled for many years with national security due to the FARC (A Colombian terrorist group...

  • For the majority of my life I considered the Hawaiian Islands as paradise. You’re welcomed by pungent island air that nearly knocks you off your feet.  Even the cars kick up the smell of leis as they rush down streets that are named with exotic Hawaiian words. My opinion of paradise was to be...

  •             Summer vacation has always been a drag for me. There’s no one to hangout with and it’s always too hot. It’s hard to contact friends when I’m always too lazy to call or go outside. Like always, my thoughts for the summer of 2009 were: boring, hot weather, and lazy. But my parents...

    Tags: Pacific
  •               I lived in Mito city in the Ibaraki prefecture during my stay. I had two very caring and welcoming host parents, sixteen and twelve year old sisters, and a ten year old brother. My host family was very kind to me and tried very hard to give me a wonderful Japanese experience. They...

    Tags: Asia

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