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  • “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. We’d like to welcome you onboard British Midland’s flight 8180 to Beirut …” In all my years on this earth, I have never felt anything quite like this. There was a strange feeling in my stomach – juiced up butterflies flapping their wings at...

  • The most essential item for a woman climbing 19,340 ft Mount Kilimanjaro is the Sani-Fem Freshette Feminine Urinary Director sold for $22.95 on www.REI.com. I had done lots of hiking in the Colorado Rockies before I departed on my school sponsored Kilimanjaro expedition at age seventeen but that...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • Last summer, my cousins decided to call us up and take us on a road trip. “ROAD TRIP!” we shouted as we began packing up our things.  Our uncle told us that he had a time share at a place called Indio, and that it might be a little bit hot. Our family and our cousin’s family are extremely close....

  • This past summer, my family and I went on a cruise to Mexico. It was an amazing experience for me because not only was I able to spend quality time with my family, but I also learned many things about myself. We set sail aboard the Carnival Imagination on August 10th, 2009. This particular cruise...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • This July fifteenth through the thirtieth I traveled to Changchun and Beijing, China. I went through a program called the Confucius Institute that was based in Cleveland State University. It was not intended to be a family trip, but I did meet a long lost cousin during a layover in Detroit,...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring
  • As I stared out the window at 4:00a.m., anticipation was growing.  All I could think about was the beautiful mountains of Colorado that I had ogled over the summer before during a field biology class.  The beautiful nature had overwhelmed and inspired me.  It changed both my life and my planned...

  • “It’s okay, breathe, I won’t let you go! Just step back over the edge and keep your feet on the wall. The first step is the hardest part.” This is what was supposed to reassure me as I prepared to repel down the side of a medieval castle tower, or at least I thought that’s what the instructor said...

    Tags: Europe
  •    My parents are strong believers in exposing my siblings and me to new people and places, and traveling to Ischia was no exception. Ischia is a small island off the coast of Naples, Italy. I visited the island seven years ago, and no one spoke any English, only Italian. My family expected the...

    Tags: Europe
  • I have had many traveling experiences with my mother. There is one trip, however, that has birthed many great memories and given me a very well rounded perspective on other cultures and things outside of my own living environment. The trip that stands out the most is Mount Rushmore. It was August...

  • Oh, Bombay! The spicy smell of chiken tikka from your roadside stalls, the hustle and honks of rickshaws on your streets, the towering posters of scantily clad actresses and dreamy actors slung on your buildings. Seriously, you have a never-ending supply of great experiences -- that I never have...

    Tags: Asia

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