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  • Handling the spear was something unlike I’ve ever experienced. I was nervous, afraid that I might accidently spear a rock, or even my foot. Regardless of how clumsy I felt, I practiced in the water, pulling the rubber band forward, grasping the pole, and releasing all in one smooth movement. Still...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I had the amazing privilege to be part of Iberdrola, an exchange program to Madrid, Spain. The exchange program was designed for American and Scottish teens to fly out to Madrid to spend two weeks with a Spanish teen they were paired up with. They noted that I was extremely well rounded, and an...

  • I am the opposite of a city slicker. For almost my entire life I’ve resided in suburban California, rarely going outside the confines of the state. So I jumped at the chance to get out of my comfort zone in order to visit Chicago, Illinois.   Transportation there is easy. I could walk almost...

  • “Were might I find the water closet?” I absolutely love using new terminology I learn when taking vacations. Using the words from a different culture makes me feel as if I belong and brings a vacation to life. This feeling I got when I vacationed in London, England an idea initially generated by my...

    Tags: Europe
  • In the winter of 2007, my family and I ventured to the vast expanse of land known as Argentina, located in South America alongside Brazil. My father is from Rosario, a small rural town approximately an hour away from Buenos Aires, the capital of Argentina. For the first time, I was able to re-...

  • Cassis was beautiful, but I had envisioned sandy beaches, visits to museums, and nice city strolls. Instead, I was stuck in a kayak, wondering how I had gotten myself into this mess, as I tried to propel my paddle through the salty waves. The main attraction of Cassis are the calanques. Calanques...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • After my parents got divorced they both decided to head for opposite ends of the continent, which led to a lot of traveling for me. It was that event which provoked several regrettable trips, which forever altered my relationship with my father. It wasn't until my freshman year that I finally went...

  •   Winter Park is big city Orlando’s little slice of small town. Nestled into an epicenter of tourism is a place where you can enjoy what Florida has to offer in a quieter and less amusement-park oriented manner. Established in 1882, Winter Park is equipped with a rich history, tasty restaurants...

    Tags: USA
  • I do not remember in vivid detail my first trip into the downtown area of Greenville; however, standing under 4 feet, like most children, I imagine that it would appear as large an New York City would to an adult. The tops of buildings looked as though they were smokers puffing clouds and the...

  •   Last winter, I spent my vacation from school in Rome with my boyfriend's family.  I was incredibly excited to go and had been counting down the days until departure for months.   On December 23, 2010, we left on a MacArthur Airport flight to the outskirts of Rome.   The eight-hour plane-...

    Tags: Europe

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