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  • Each year my father, mother and I go on vacation. Sometimes it is to the beach, sometimes it is to visit my oldest brother in Arizona, but this family vacation was dedicated to visiting the colleges I was most interested in. It was only unfortunate that they were all over 1000 miles to the north....

  • The eighteen flights of precipitous, stone steps soar upwards, a 5000-foot ladder into the clouds. On overcast days the effect is eerie: just yards ahead, the path is hidden in swirling mist. There is the burbling of streams, the shade of aged junipers, the sweet, damp air tinged with incense from...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • Well before dawn, my family piles into our car and zooms south, unsure of what to expect when we finally slow down. Every Christmas Day, we pack the menorah for a road trip to a southern state of my father’s choosing, beginning with pre-Katrina Louisiana, and most recently Austin, Texas. During the...

  • Snap! I had been carrying a bucket over my head when the unnerving sound interrupted my train of thought. The sound was the straining and stretching of muscle in my ankle as I tripped over a pile of rocks in Nicaragua. Did I really just do that? Quick, I need to think of a cooler story before...

  • On the last four days of our 2009 San Francisco vacation an opportunity arose to experience a seemingly different world from the tightly packed city. My Dad had arranged for my brother Izaac, and I to take a kayak trip on the Inverness Bay. Years ago, my dad lived around these parts. Some friends...

  • “You mzungu”—the smile behind those first words spoken to me reaffirmed that I was supposed to be there.  According to one of my leaders, we, as “mzungus,” were “the circus in town” because the children had never seen white people before.   I never thought I would give up the majority of my summer...

    Tags: Africa
  • Moose meat. I knew I was a true “Newfie” when, at the end of my first week on Fogo Island, Newfoundland, I actually started craving moose meat (I really loved it). I even felt like a Newfie when tourists would ask me for directions. Of course, as soon as I opened my mouth and talked, they could...

  • My parents planned the trip of a lifetime – four weeks in China including the Olympics.  I was 14 and not quite sure I wanted to spend an entire month in the same room with them.  But off we went early one morning from Pittsburgh to Toronto, then straight on to Hong Kong.  Fifteen hours on a plane…...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • All I did was mention that I wanted to visit China, and my mom just had to bring up her idea of me going to the overseas Chinese teachers’ training course in Da Lian. My older sister took the teachers’ training course in Beijing summer of 2007, so my mom was hoping that I’d follow in her footsteps...

    Tags: Asia
  • We’d been in Chile for five days and I was really missing communicating with ease. Negotiating the language barrier was exhausting and I was sure I was beginning to lose my mind. As our neon yellow bus pulled up to the school, it was clear that the people riding in the monstrosity were not locals....

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