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  • Giant vs. dwarf. Old vs. new. Poor vs. wealthy. Summer 2010 in Japan followed summer 2009 in China and I had preconceived comparisons and expectations about these two Asian countries. I arrived in Osaka jet lagged from a sleepless flight, but at least I wasn't quarantined upon arrival as I was in...

    Tags: Asia
  • My heart was beating fast as I speed walked through the entrance of Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, my family struggling to keep up. I ignored Seuss Landing’s whimsical atmosphere as well as the Lost Continent’s exotic landscape. My face broke into a ridiculously huge grin as I rounded...

  • Traveling has always been a dream of mine, to mingle with the people of distant lands, and explore far away jungles and ruins. This might be attributed to my childhood days spent reading National Geographics with Mom and Dad, or maybe it was Indiana Jones movies or my own inherent thirst for...

    Tags: Africa
  • Italy was by-far the most amazing place I had ever been. The moment I found out last May that I would be able to go on the trip, I could hardly believe it. I had been so nervous for the auditions. See, my choir was going. Or rather, the music department for my school was setting up auditions for...

    Tags: Europe
  • Have you ever wondered how you would spend your time waiting for your next flight while in a foreign airport? Well that foreign experience happened to me. Just like in the movie "The Terminal," Victor Navorski, played by Tom Hanks was a visitor from the fictional country of Cracovia. He was stuck...

    Tags: Asia
  • The last time my entire family went to the beach was in 2008.  We rented a beachfront property in the town of Brant Beach.  My room had floor to ceiling windows facing the ocean, every evening granting me a full light show as the sun set over the glittering waves.  This vacation was a bit rough...

  • The plain wooden door slowly creeks inward and I hold my breath. Fear, excitement, and anxiety engulf me as I hear, “Mis bonitas chicas!” I look over at my companions and I know the same feelings are racing through them. As the small seventy-year-old woman, acting like a mother hen, ushers us into...

    Tags: Europe
  • Louisiana could best be described as the Melting Pot of the South. Whether a person is discussing the soulful tunes of Jazz music, the savoury taste of Southern cuisine, or the rich cultures one thing is a always true: this is one of the most diverse states around. When I visited New Orleans,...

  • I blink my eyes groggily, as my eyes focus on the white ceiling above me. Next to me, I can hear my brother softly breathing as my mom and dad tiptoe around the room, pulling together our necessities for the day’s tour. Yawning, I stretch, before finally sitting upright in my bed. Blinking to rid...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • After two minutes, my dark green rod started quivering.  I could hear my heart hastily beating. I quickly snatched my rod and imitated the LL Bean cover model in black and red flannel with leg-high waiters whose rod made the perfect ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzing sound as it plunked into the middle of the...

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