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  •               In the summer of 2011, my family and I had the opportunity to visit India (for the third or fourth time) to see our relatives and see the wondrous, historic landmarks of India as well. We first arrived in a state called Kerala, where our relatives are located.  From there we took a...

    Tags: Asia, India
  •  I am on my high school's dance team, The Belles. Every three years they take a trip to Disney World. My first year on the team happened to be the year they were going. It is what I was looking forward to all year. We were all looking forward to it. Getting ready was a very stressful time for...

  • Instead of having a traditional quinceañera for my fifteenth birthday, my family and I decided to go on a trip to Italy for twenty days. Finally the day came that I would cross the Atlantic to visit one of the world’s most beautiful countries. On August 5, 2009, my family and I went to LAX to...

    Tags: Europe
  • The moment I stepped out of the sliding glass doors of the airport, I inhaled the heavy air deeply through my nostrils. There were hordes of people standing back to back packed behind the rail gates, kids on their tippy toes, middle aged men with newly lit cigarettes in their mouths. It had been...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • Surrounded by former strangers and subsequent best friends, I braved the seas on a metal bird named Lufthansa. My destination: the boot shaped peninsula, where seemingly every invocation on the muses had been answered. There, on the shores of Lake Como and under the shadows of the great Alps, the...

    Tags: Europe
  • During a school break in November 2011, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Sosua in the Dominican Republic on a trip sponsored by my school’s Spanish Cultural Club. The weeklong trip marked the first time I left the country, and an amazing first time it was. The twenty-five participants...

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    Tags: Caribbean
  •   The typical summer vacation of a teenaged girl is simple: she lies on the beach, soaking up the sun with her close girl friends by her side. They discuss boys and sing along to popular songs on the radio. In lieu of this common paradise, I spent my summer preparing for an unordinary getaway. In...

  • "I've had enough! Can't we stop now?"                "We're not stopping now, honey. We've climbed this far and either way, we'll have to climb back. Let's move out!"                These words were my father’s, addressing my mother, sister, and I, slumped on boulders, exhausted after the...

  •     This Thanksgiving, I had the pleasure of traveling with my parents to Sanibel Island, Florida. My dad had discovered the place 5 years ago, and fell in love with it. He wanted to share the beautiful island, with its original stores (no chain stores are allowed on the island), friendly people...

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