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  • After a seven hour plane ride over the Pacific Ocean, my mom and I were starved.  We spoke to a few Hawaiian locals, and concluded that Aloha Mixed Plate was an affordable restaurant to sample authentic Hawaiian cuisine.  We both decided to try the Kalua Pork dish.  The pork is wrapped in seaweed,...

  •    In 1988, my parents immigrated to America from Hungary, leaving behind family, a land of beauty, and a continent of history. Four years later, I was born. I grew up knowing only a handful of relatives, getting only a glimpse of earth’s landscape, and experiencing the past only through stories...

    Tags: Europe
  •   Day 1: As soon as my team members and I had unpacked in our dorm at the University of Maryland College Park, where all the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals competitors were staying, we set off to explore. The cool thing about OM is that it's a huge international competition. On the campus...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA
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    Tags: Europe
  •  Of all the destinations to which I had dreamt of traveling, Scotland was not a place I had ever considered.  Of course, when I got the chance to go to the Festival Fringe, the largest arts festival in the world, with a group from my high school, I knew I had to go.  Preparation for our trip,...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  •              Walt Disney’s famous theme park, Disney World, invites more than just Florida residents to experience the magic and joy associated with childhood dreams—but instead, attracts people from all ethnicities across the globe with similar aspirations; aspirations to feel even the slightest...

    Tags: USA
  • On June 27, 2009, I piled into a bus with 6 acquaintances from the State YMCA of Georgia, and 27 strangers from the State YMCA of Florida, to embark on a 7 day journey to the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly held on Black Mountain, North Carolina, and take part in the 65th annual YMCA Conference on...

  • JULY 2010. It’s a Thursday morning at Tampa International Airport. As I grabbed my bag and gave Mom a hug goodbye she said, "Have fun with Jake!” "Yes, Mom. I'll see you next week," I answered and began to make my way to the security checkpoint to board my flight to Nebraska. That's right, I...

    Tags: Europe
  • The summer of 2011 my family and I boarded the Carnival Liberty cruise ship and sailed towards Grand Cayman; Cozumel, Mexico; and Ocho Rios, Jamaica. It was the very first time any of my family members or myself for that matter, had cruised the ocean in such a monstrous invention. The sole...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I spent this year's family summer vacation on a river in the middle of nowhere with a bunch of old people. My parents and I traveled 82 miles in five days via a rubber raft and a river guide. We traveled with 21 people all together, including five river guides with five rafts. We traveled the wild...

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