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  • In our first trek into the third world my family left for Costa Rica during the winter of 2010. What I had envisioned to be a tropical paradise with expansive sailboat harbors and multi-million dollar beachfront homes much like the Cayman Islands was disproved by our five hour drive from the...

  • I took a deep breath, filling my lungs with the clean foreign air a thousand miles away from everything I’d ever known.  I looked out into the peaceful night, my eyes traveling over the tops of Parisian townhouses and the lit Eiffel Tower, illuminating the streets below.  My mind soared out over...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • "Go with your gut feeling." This quote definitely played a part in my hiking adventure with my brother one humid July afternoon in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We were walking down a typical trail having a leisurely  time exploring when all of a sudden I spotted a giant sign to our right....

  • Before I started high school, I went on another exciting journey. I was chosen as a People to People Student Ambassador to China. I had never been out of the country before and was quite scared that I would be doing so without my parents or anyone that I really knew very well. We traveled through...

    Tags: Asia
  • The summer of 2012, my aunt, uncle and cousin Sasha invited me on a three-week trip to Colorado and Utah. I was there partially to keep my cousin company on while camping and touring state and national parks. They had made this type of trip before and in fact planned on revisiting some sites, as...

  • It was a typical Monday morning like any other. I had just gotten up and joined my family at the breakfast table, but I had a strange feeling something wasn’t quite right. I glanced over to find my mother at the table with a huge grin on her face, her eyes fixed on me. I knew that there would be...

  • /*-->*/ When I walked underneath the infamous gate saying “Arbeit macht frie”, chills ran down my spine. There I was standing underneath the very sign that three million people passed through, not knowing but fearing the worst. I was looking into the largest Nazi concentration and death camp...

    Tags: Europe
  • The first thing you notice as you arrive in Costa Rica is all the beautiful scenery. Traveling from San Jose to our host families we drove up and down mountains on winding roads, with lush, green rainforest surrounding us and steam slowly rising from the mountains.  I stayed with my host family...

  •   Not too long ago, I took a wonderful trip to the place where children's dreams come true - Disney World - this was during the "Year of A Million Dreams" no less.  Well, count one of my dreams to that, and you have the "Year of A Million and One Dreams." During the weekend that I was staying on...

  • The breeze flutters through my hair as I gaze at the Caribbean from the high vantage point of my father’s balcony. The beauty and serenity of Santa Marta washes over me. A Dole boat slowly passes, its massive frame cutting through the turquoise waters. Below on the powdery, white beach a young boy...

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