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  • With a jolt, my family and I were awoken by the piercing horn of the ferry, signifying our entrance into Norway. To my mother, this was a melancholy reminder of the life she had left behind to raise her family in America. My sister, father and I anxiously looked over the crisp waters of the North...

    Tags: Europe, Vacations
  • As I shake the bamboo container, I try my hardest to focus, to not think about anything else at all. With my eyes closed, I keep shaking the 'chien tung' until one of the bamboo sticks finally falls out. Immediately, I pick it up, get off my knees, and rush to the stand with all the little pink...

  • When I was younger my family and a friend’s family took a trip to a trip to Acapulco, Mexico. We had to get on three planes in order to get there. I was so excited because on one of the planes I got my own set of headphones to listen to the radio with.             Of course, the excitement of the...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I take a big breath in, and the smells of burning trash fill my lungs. Though it is an unpleasant first wiff it makes my heart smile and all I can think is, "it's good to be back." This is my third time in Haiti, and the day before I had just spent a week in Guatemala. It's hard to take in the new...

  • Hurling through the air at speeds defying logic, twisting, turning, flipping upside down, then careening down terrifying heights, screaming until your lungs burn, is not my idea of fun.  Roller coasters have never been a big pull to me.  Why would anyone want to put themselves through that on...

  •               In July of 2009 I had the remarkable opportunity to visit an amazing country known as Belize. The cost was approximately 4000 dollars, and I was determined to go. Through hard work and dedication, I raised all of it. And before I knew it, I was on the plane traveling to Belize...

  •            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
  • During the summer of 2008, I was presented with an amazing opportunity. I was nominated to participate with the People to People Organization. I got to travel to the United Kingdom for a month. There was about forty students and five teacher leaders. We also me Mr. Bartholomew Preston, our Scottish...

    Tags: Europe
  • A salty wind fluttered around my nose, hastily, playfully, as if it were racing the waves underneath the “vaporetto” bus-boat I was standing on. It cooled me off from the hot Italian summer sun as I admired the slowly changing scenery. Palaces, hundreds of years old, ascended out of the rolling...

    Tags: Europe
  •  Can you just picture yourself immersed in the diverse cultures that fill New York State? What must it feel like to walk amongst people from all over the world?  I never thought I would be standing in the middle of Times Square gazing at the bright lights of the gigantic billboards. I had no idea...

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