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Aspens wave their leafy hands in the air as chirping birds fly above their branches. Deer leap and canter through fields of gold, on their way back to their mountain dens. Water streams down a hill into a clear, blue lake, supplying drinking water to a bright red fox. Bounded by the hogback to...Tags:
My eyes bolted open. A mere foot away stood a masked, black-haired woman holding a gun point-blank at my forehead. My heart leapt, but not because the click of the trigger would send a bullet barreling through my brain, but because it could send me and my roommates into a locked, hospital room...Tags:
Mankind has always been inquisitive. We try to understand the little whys and wherefores that permeate our world by visiting new places, trying new things, and enjoying ourselves, actions which can only be described by the word travel. However, traveling is not always about living in the comfort...Tags:
I was born with a gift that many, many people would die to have. I can lick my elbow. No, just kidding. My grandmother was born in Spain, and, after my grandfather died, she returned and now lives there full time. I have visited Spain seven times. Most years, we...Tags:
For years before the eighth grade, my dad had told me stories about growing up in Lebanon. Some were funny, like the story where my dad and his brothers pooped on their neighbor’s doorstep after she unjustly accused them of stealing her chickens. Some were sad, like the story where my dad...Tags:
Israel is a place that means many different things to many different people. When I made my first visit to the Promised Land, I came hoping to gain new perspective on a country that’s experienced so much conflict and strife over the years. But I didn’t really notice anything obvious during my week...Tags:
I step out of the car, glad that the 14 hours of airports and plane rides are over, and excited to be back in beautiful downtown Los Angeles again. I look down the road towards the pink and black stars which create the Walk of Fame. I take a deep breath as my mom and I enter the Renaissance Hotel...Tags:
Caribbean Breeze The fusion of deep blue and aquamarine reminds me of the Caribbean, where every palm tree has a hammock for someone, and each person gets lost in the serene peace that sways off the tongues of every wave. The multicolored hermit crabs play an endless game of tag...Tags:
World Youth Day; Sydney Australia; July 15,2008; location cement. As I sat amongst hundreds of thousands of people from all around the world, despite our different cultures, I truly felt like I belonged. it was amazing to have the knowledge that people from such different backgrounds shared the...Tags:
Ah Amsterdam! The canals, the bicycles, the pizza! I played hooky for 3 weeks in Europe, two weeks after starting high school! When I showed up to gather assignments from teachers who had barely met me, there were worried looks. With my backpack full of homework, we headed for the airport. My...Tags: