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  • Usually, we do not play "tourist" on our trips to the Crescent City. Usually, we settle in a little town right outside the hustle and bustle of downtown New Orleans to visit with family and enjoy the hours away from work and school and people we know. Usually, we take a boat out onto the lake and...

  • We thought they would all be surfers and valley girls. Instead they turned out to be really nice, much nicer than expected. It was the east coast/west coast thing, the “New Yawkers” and the Cali kids together for nine days, travelling through France. We didn’t only travel together, we also...

  • Admit it, Oakland California will strike fear into the hearts of those who believe what they see on the news all the time. A theft here, a shoot-out there, it is easy to consider never coming to Oakland unless there’s a death-wish in mind. But, Oakland is not what the news likes to portray it....

  •            As the last minute rolled over into the four am hour I was awoken by the repetitive sounds of my normal alarm. I was in world of comfort in my warm bed not only because I was accompanied by my large black lab who insisted on snuggling beside me but because it was the middle of July....

  •            In the summer of 2008 I had the opportunity to visit the country of Japan. I was invited by the People to People Student Ambassador Programs to travel and received a primary access to the major metropolitan districts as well as the rural towns across Nippon. Without a doubt, this was out...

    Tags: Asia
  • Chasing frantic chickens and enjoying the simple life was not what I expected during my first trip to Vietnam. After snaking through the beautiful, exquisite Mekong River in a wooden boat, my family arrived at small village in Ben Tre that was hidden among luscious coconut trees and surrounded by...

    Tags: Asia, Heritage
  • The morning heat drumed lazily on my forehead as I read The Sun Also Rises in a hammock on my aunts back porch. This would seem like an ordinary porch, but that would be under ordinary circumstances. At this moment, I hear a loud rustle, then a squeal. It was a fully grown havelina with family....

  • I fled the country this summer to a land where they sell milk in plastic bags, employ wishing wells as a major theme in yard décor, and capitalize in maple flavoring in every aspect of their cooking. I am speaking of the country of Canada, specifically the tiny town of Perth, Ontario, which I have...

  • The trip my friend Colin and I took to St. Louis, Missouri was a great learning experience for me and I’m so glad we went. We went during Spring Break of our junior year of High School. We went to visit friends and some kids I used to sponsor when we were in rehab from drug & alcohol abuse.  ...

  • The people shoved against each other. Gaudy colors flashed out at me as exotic objects caught my eye. All around me, people with black hair and black eyes chattered. I was in the Chinatown of San Francisco with my family. We’ve toured through Fisherman Wharf and Japan town, driven through the...

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