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As I got off the train to meet the family I would be living with for the next three weeks, a myriad of emotions ran over me. I was excited to finally be starting the adventure I had been hoping for and dreaming about for many years, but also extremely nervous. Would they be nice? Would they like me...Tags:
During the summer, my family and I find reprieve from Orange County’s urban superficiality on a special coastal Canadian town, Powell River. While not glamorous, fast-paced, nor dotted with five-star hotels, Powell River provides its tourists a tranquil atmosphere to enjoy the simplicity of...Tags:
Welcome to Tampa, Florida! No, we are not Miami or Key West, but a mixture of both and everything in between! Tampa has the beaches, attractions, and sun that you're looking for. We are home of the 2003 Super Bowl Championship Winners, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers,...Tags:
When I wake up each morning, I look out my window, take a deep breath, and gaze out over the fertile fields. I reflect on the changing of seasons amidst the apricot trees and the table grape vines. The aroma of juicy oranges wafts in, yet just a few months ago, it was the pungent smell of raisins...Tags:
“I can’t believe it!” were the first words that came out of my mouth on June 17th, 2007, as I flew over the Manhattan Bridge in New York City, The Big Apple, NYC, The Greatest City in the World. I had been waiting for this day for months and it had finally come. It was going to be a dream come...Tags:
“This Is Home” For the past seventeen years, this Vietnamese girl, Jamie Huynh, had never found a place where she could say, “This is home,” not even the place where her family lives. That is, until she saw Seoul, South Korea. My love for South Korea began when I was fourteen years old. Since then...Tags:
On one side you are at ground level, the other, thousands of feet from it. Exhausted from the climb and breathless from the views, it was truly awe inspiring. The silence and the beauty unite the quintessential Chinese belief of the harmony between man and nature. Stretching over three thousand...Tags:
“I’m finally here!” I thought to myself as I stood in awe on the vast marble steps of the Lincoln Memorial looking down across the Reflecting Pool to the Washington Monument. “Washington, D.C. is a real place!” It wasn’t that I’d ever doubted the existence of our nation’s capital, but I had...Tags:
Traveling is something that my family has had the luxury of doing my whole life. I have been to twenty-three states and three different countries. My family and I have done everything from snow skiing on the majestic mountains of Colorado to touring the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. The...Tags:
The moist, oatmeal colored sand; stuck to my feet, leaving a trail of footprints as I walked through the murky cave. Before we reached our destination, we had a strenuous hike down a two-hundred foot cliff. As we reached the bottom of the cliff, we admired the radiant sun setting into the ocean...Tags: