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  •       “It’s a Small World after all.” Many recognize the phrase, or have heard the song. But the truth of such a comment only became apparent to me after my visit to Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France this summer. As a student ambassador with People to People, I paid my $6,000 and-something fee...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Unfortunately, the best moments of our lives are often the ones that we don’t fully appreciate until after the fact. Many people waste their youths by staring too intently at the future, later realizing that their memories are what they cherish the most. The best way for a still-youthful person to...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • I had never ventured abroad before. Arizona had been at the edge of my travel map; beyond that, 'here be dragons'. I knew nothing about flying, passports, baggage checks, or customs.And yet, I found myself sitting in the airport on March 12th, 2014, preparing to fly to  London, Paris, Barcelona,...

  •   Warning: If you are a teenage girl leaving for Europe, do not watch the movie, “Taken” with your parents the week before leaving the country.   This wasn’t my first time to Europe, but it was my first time visiting without a parent. My fourteenth month older and very responsible sister was apart...

  • Here I stood; in the midst of the excited energy I received from the crowd I was surrounded by. After ten long yearning years, my wish had been granted and it seemed that out of nowhere I stood in the bustling streets of Madrid, Spain. No doubt, it simply was too much to grasp with one blink, and...

  • Color. I am surrounded by a fantastic spectrum of vibrant hues that fill me with excitement. Even the downpour of rain that welcomed us couldn’t wash away the warmth of this town. The bus passed through the grand archway into Dinkelsbühl, Germany with all of the other 100 American Music Abroad...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • It was around five a.m. on an icy cold Saturday morning when my three best friends and I, lay cuddled in a queen sized bed at my friend Janae’s house. Two of us were awake talking about the planned day ahead. The other two were awakened by our giggles and whispers. Mrs. Carly, Janae’s mom, knocked...

  • On the only day I spent in Málaga, it rained. I sat with a tiny Spanish girl and a loud, crass Spanish boy on the bus ride, as grey drizzle came down on the rolling hills that were covered in a carpet of olive trees. On that day, I spoke at most ten words of English. The rest of the time I made a...

    Tags: Europe
  • It was the end of the school year; the time when students are antsy for summer to begin. I couldn't wait for the last day because four days later, I was headed to the great state of California on a roadtrip with my mother, grandma, and eight year old sister named Meredith. The night before our...

  • The best trip is a spontaneous trip. The end of Spring Break was drawing nearer. It was the Thursday before school began the next week, and I had a brilliant thought. Why not make the weekend an excellent one, and show my friend Jessica one of my most favorite spots in the whole wide world:...

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