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  •        The sun is blazing, and the humidity is turned up a thousand notches. However, my Western sensibilities remain undisturbed, as my mind is a preoccupied whirlwind of endless thoughts and emotions. Our cab ventures through narrow, bumpy dirt road after dirt road, passing rice field after rice...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
  • Quarter Finalist 2010 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship One week, no parents, and halfway across the country; what’s not to love? The summer between my eighth and ninth grade years, a trip was offered that took almost 150 of us to Washington, DC. One week, no parents, and halfway across the...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
  • In September of my junior year of high school, I took an unofficial visit to Boston University. Aside from the school’s stellar academics and repeat women’s soccer championships, its city life captured the essence of culture. My plane descended just as the sun set over the city and danced on...

  • I wasn't aware how much my life would change when I boarded a plane to Darmstadt, Germany in 2011. I wasn't aware when I stepped out to see ‘airline’ replaced with ‘Fluggesellschaft.’ I wasn’t aware when my host family greeted me with hugs. In fact, it was after my trip, reflecting alone, that I...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  •  Almost three years ago, in February of my freshman year, I got the opportunity of a lifetime. My father phoned me from his office one evening, as I sat working on homework. The first thing he said after greeting me was “Do you want to go to Paris with me?” I shrieked some incoherent affirmative...

    Tags: Europe
  • 'Wake up! We overslept!' were the screeching words that woke me up one morning. My mother, who was yelling, had planned for her, my sisters, and me to go on a one day trip to Mystic Village in Connecticut. The day had arrived and we were already behind schedule. I ran into the bathroom, brushed my...

  • 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:...

  • My parents have always said how lucky we are and they have always stressed the fact that they never had what we have. And usually I would ignore their long lectures and talks. It wasn’t until I went to Vietnam that I understood what they were saying.       Right when I took the first step off the...

    Tags: Asia
  • How can moving effect a sixteen-year-old teenager’s life? Well, from experience I can tell you in a very big way. It's hard to get up and go twelve hundred miles away from everyone you know and everything you grew up around. I had this happen to me about a year ago. It is the most dramatic change...

  • Traveling has always been something I have wanted to do. Seeing the world from all different perspectives is something that has always appealed to me. This summer, I got to see the world from a much shorter and younger perspective. I was got to travel to Cape Cod and do a month long internship for...

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