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  • On April 15, 2012 I visited the Fakahatchee Strand Preserve in beautiful Naples, Florida. Some people would consider this place a big swamp, but no not me! Personally, this preserve was beautiful and majestic! Enchanting and mysterious, and thats coming from someone who isn't really an outdoors...

  • Prior to my trip to China, I hadn’t grasped the idea that I was actually going to walk the streets of Beijing, Xi’ an, and Shanghai. But the very second I stepped out of that airport I was bombarded with emotions I can hardly put words to. I met our tour guide whose name was Sean, his English was...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • There are many Canadian national parks, but perhaps the oldest and most well know is the Banff National Park, located 110—180  km (68—110 mi) west of Calgary, Alberta. Its large area (6,641 sq km; 2,564 sq mi) features many different landscapes including mountains, glaciers and ice fields, and...

  • In June 2008, I went to Japan, Land of the Rising Sun. I went with my Girl Scout Travel Group as part of an EF Tour. Let me tell you, it was the best place I’ve ever been. There was so much to see and do, I would love to go back again one day, maybe even live there for a while. Japan was a...

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  •       The summer following my sophomore year in high school my brother, my father and I set out on a four-thousand mile bicycle tour across the United States. Our journey was what might be called a trial by fire. My brother and I had minimal training and no experience. On June 3rd weleft my...

  • Orange, blue, red, yellow signs touting the taxi cabs, the restaurants, the money changing stations lined the airport terminal. The air, an acrid, foreign aroma filling my lungs, left me with an indecipherable wonderment at being 7,000 miles from home in the heart of a country I had only read about...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • You fit into me / like a hook into an eye / a fish hook / an open eyeYou Fit Into Me, Margaret Atwood Cultural immersion, the anthem of this year, played itself boldly across glossy welcome packets and brochures. Terms like “global citizen” and “language mastery” beckoned to curious...

  •         In June 2011, I had the privilege of representing my school and the state of Pennsylvania at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. During this conference, I learned about many aspects of environmental science, from animal welfare to the politics of...

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