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    Kansas City, Missouri: A city just about 4 hours drive from the incredible Gateway Arch in St Louis. A true city of The West.  I had never been to the state of Missouri prior to this visit in the summer of 2010. The drive there was just as the books and movies described it. Nothing, but long...

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    To any of my readers that don't know how I almost died, I'll tell you what happened.One summer day in July 2010, my family decided to take a road trip.  Our destination was unknown.  Since we resided about an hour north of Philadelphia, we opted to drive toward New Jersey while we discussed our...

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    Tourists from all around the world have been travelling to Las Vegas, Nevada since the 1950s. Like moths, people have gathered around the flashing lights and glowing signs of the strip and have been drawn to the city's radiance. Las Vegas has long been revered as a city of excitement and adventure...

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               I was at Logan Airport saying goodbye to my parents. I made my way into the terminal, turned in my luggage, breezed through security and began searching for gate 62. I walked through a maze of people before I saw the sea of blue shirts standing at my gate. They were in a corner, the...

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    Before this summer if someone had asked me where I would love to visit, the University of Alabama would most likely be the very last place on my list -- down there with cattle herding in Brazil. In Alabama there is a bitter rivalry between Auburn and Alabama football fans that runs as deep as the...

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    I had never really traveled, never had any unique experiences other than our usual summer camping trips. But, one day, my mom presented me with an opportunity to go to Costa Rica. To me, this “opportunity” didn’t seem real, it was more like something that would simply be cool to do, but never...

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      “Do not go where the path may lead,  go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson               As I looked out the window, the runway strip stared back at me, I pondered why did I choose my first plane ride to be to Japan. The plane seemed to be much...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
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    Peru was home for two weeks this summer while I worked with a humanitarian group. Ducking a spitting llama and finding out why it’s better to ask “quanto es” (how much is it?) instead of “quanto questa” (how much do I cost?) were unexpected lessons. I expected to work hard in Peru, but I was...

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    Moments of great appreciation within my life took place during my trip to the magnificent country of Thailand. Because I had not visited my parents’ home country many times throughout my life, I did not have any memories to base feelings of pride for my heritage. When my mom announced, during my...

    Tags: Asia
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             When I was a sophomore at Hercules High Middle High School in March of 2008, I was allowed to go to the Mexico Outreach program in MexiCali with my previous school, El Sobrante Christian. I was excited. I mean, who wouldn't be? Going on a road trip across the border into another country...

    Tags: Caribbean

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