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  • When I first stepped off the Carnival Pride cruise ship that I had been on for the last several days, the stunning beaches and resorts of Ocho Rios surrounded me. I had arrived in a lavish, picturesque country that was by far one of the most beautiful places I had ever encountered in my travels....

    Tags: Caribbean
  • This was it—the moment of truth. I smiled and shook hands with Señor Caballero, my new host father. “¿Hola, como está?” I said, awkwardly. He responded in a thick accent that was barely intelligible. I could tell it was going to be a confusing two weeks. I smiled at him and nodded in an effort to...

  • Being Mexican-American comes with a great advantage. Here is the thing why it is so great; I get to travel to Mexico annually. I am one who is fascinated by culture, religion, language, you name it. In the dictionary it says, “trav-el: to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or...

  •  London, England is a place of fascinating history and beautiful sights to see. This is why every year they host a New Years Day parade through the streets leading right up to the most recognized item found in London, Big Ben. So, no wonder my entire high school marching band was excited for this...

    Tags: Europe
  • This trip may sound all too familiar to many: Dad attempting to fit the last duffel bag into the overflowing Suburban whilst Mom frantically runs around trying to find passports - younger brother fending off the dogs as they ensure they are not left behind on this grand and exotic adventure. I...

  • Summer of 2009 I traveled as a student ambassador for People to People. The program’s destinations were the Imperial Capitals of Europe traveling to Eastern Europe and Russia. This trip is one that I will never forget and one memory that will stay with me forever happened in Berlin, Germany. On...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • As a bibliophile and foodie, my excursions into my city tend to include the best bookstore in the world and one of many interesting eateries. The nice thing about where I live is that I am never more than sixty minutes away from snow-capped mountains, sprawling beaches, and of course, downtown...

    Tags: Exploring, Oregon, USA
  • “I’m going to Germany!” That was my first reaction when I received news that I had an opportunity to go to Germany to train and ride horses. I have been riding horses for five years and learned the different disciplines of English riding: Dressage, Hunter, and Jumper. In May of 2009, I learned that...

    Tags: Europe
  • "Turn it off." "No." "Fernando!" The stereo blared. "Dad." Finally, Mom took pity on me and turned the music off. It was going on our 11th hour in the van, and I was learning to hate Abba. It was torture to careen down the highway in a monstrous van with nothing but the strains of 'the...

  • Texas is full of Podunk towns. On the hundred-mile plus stretches between more bustling cities, little towns dot the rural landscape, many equipped with not more than a questionable three pump gas station and a Dairy Queen. But one little town had much more to offer.My visit to Alpine, Texas, and...

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