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  • Traveling is one of the great joys in life. When it comes to deciding where to go, you really have to ask yourself what you’re looking to experience. If you want to hike, bike, walk, shop, and enjoy a New Age culture then I fully recommend spending some time in Sedona, Arizona. Sedona is a small...

  • The sun's rays reflected off the water's surface giving the ocean a bright shimmer of gold. I peered out the car window at the blur of sea as we drove passed it. Gliding boats of all shapes and sizes owned the sea. A prickling sensation of anticipation crept up my spine. My legs ached, begging...

  • I was nervous that first day, as my parents helped me unload my suitcase next to the airport terminal. They hugged and kissed me goodbye as I departed into the terminal, not to see them again for five weeks. Twenty four hours later I landed in Damascus, Syria completely exhausted but ready for...

  •  In the beginning of April of 2009, I was still in my freshman year at Vista High School. I was a member of the Vista Regimental Marching Band, and I was going to the United Kingdom with this group of kids I had just met. We were met at Heathrow Airport in London by our tour guide, Ela. She was a...

    Tags: Europe
  • Life is littered with opportunities. They surround us—calling out to the reaching minds of the world, crying, “Pick me!” or presenting themselves with a shining ribbon tied on top. Many people don’t recognize the golden moments when they come along. They are distracted by the chaos of life, the...

  •   When most people think of Colorado, they think of the Mountains. And when people (or at least the people I know) think of the mountains, they think of skiing and snowboarding—two sports that I, a resident of Colorado for more than half my life, have never put into my definition of this grand...

  • “Are we going to Rome now?” I asked myself excitedly as we left Venice, the underwater city of Italy. As a child, I dreamt of going to the place of the ruthless gladiator battles, the places where emperors such as Nero used to rule, a place of human creativity, and endless history. Throughout this...

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  •                 Upon stepping out from the vast airport in Hong Kong, I already saw it bustling with life. As I traveled more into the city, tall skyscrapers loomed and greeted me everywhere I turned and I noticed that the city was very cosmopolitan. A smell lingered in the air, a mix of food,...

    Tags: Asia
  • 2007 was a horrible year almost as soon as it got started.  First, my Nana died before her 97th birthday.  It was a shock to everyone, because even with the knowledge of her age, she was very healthy, and I think everyone secretly believed she'd make it to the triple digits.  Secondly, my dog died...

  • In Miami, we have a saying: “You have to go north to go south.”I whisk around notions of bayous, plantations, country lilts and comely manners as I take my first hungry glimpses of this mysterious place. Mammoth oak trees, crowned with sleepy tufts of Spanish moss, bend doubly under their histories...

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