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  • I once read somewhere that Costa Rica is the land of “no artificial ingredients.”  After my visit there, I must admit I have come to agree.  Not only were the sights and sounds of nature in Costa Rica some of the most beautiful and authentic I have seen, but I meet, in particular, one interesting...

  • Until last February I’d never been out of North America, when suddenly I was offered a wonderful opportunity: a free trip to Fukuoka, Japan. One day a school official called my friend Malvina and I to his office. When we sat down, he asked us if we would like to represent our school at a meeting....

    Tags: Asia
  •     Travel to me; going two hours away from home, seeing my grandparents and returning the next day. Living in Washington, the most extensive trips I’ve taken with my family have been right next door to Oregon. Even those are far and few between. I don’t know if the common theme of my expeditions...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The most important thing when traveling in a different country is that you know where you are going and have the trip planned out very well. Our group went through a company called ACIS. They were amazing! They provided a great tour guide for us and wonderful amenities. The schedule that they...

    Tags: Europe
  • There were four Smiths, one minivan, and too many pieces of luggage to count. But the family was anxious to get moving, and nothing could stop them from reaching their ultimate goal: the magnificent and ultra-American destination, The Grand Canyon. When my dad first told me we would be driving to...

  •  I always said I want to see all of Europe by the time I die.  Two summers ago I seized an opportunity to travel to Italy, Greece, and Ephesus, Turkey for two amazing weeks.  This was my opportunity to travel overseas and there was no way I was going to let it pass me by.     From a small town...

    Tags: Europe
  •             95-degree heat, intense humidity, and 480 descending stairs create quite a bit of exhaustion and sweat.  Luckily the plethora of stairs led to a magnificent, 229-foot tall crystal-clear waterfall with cascading frigid water.  Talk about refreshing!  That is right; swimming is allowed in...

  • Three years ago, I boarded a plane to Portland International Airport as an anxious and intimidated adolescent. I did not expect to discover the landscapes that lay ahead. I sat there, on a Jet Blue flight, squeezing the arms of my seat before take-off, longing for the moment I would exit the plane...

  • As author Mary Lasswell once said, “I am forced to conclude that God made Texas on his day off, for pure entertainment, just to prove that all that diversity could be crammed into one section of earth by a really top hand.” Anyone who has ever driven across Texas would know: there is little need...

  • Normal 0 0 1 385 2200 -- 18 4 2701 10.2006 0 0 0 /*-->*/ “Cheeeeeeeese”. My family and I had just finished our picture in front of the ring buoy and were ready to board the boat. It was a bright August day in San Francisco, and I was looking forward to today’s excursion. We had been touring...

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