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  • During Spring Break in March of 2010, my marching band took a trip to Oahu, Hawaii to participate in the Prince Kuhio Parade held in Waikiki. The Century High School Marching Band only travels to Hawaii every four years, and I was lucky enough to attend during my sophomore year! We stayed at the...

  • The summer after my freshman year of high school my parents, my cousin Rance and I were all headed to Salida, Colorado for vacation.  We were going to go river rafting the next day and I was worried. This was the first year we were going to raft a level five section of the Arkansas River which is...

  • Suburbs of American cities have long been associated with dull strip malls, monotonous houses, and a dearth of unique, fun-filled activities. Few people consider suburban communities to be viable tourist destinations, but Rochester Hills, Michigan is a town that defies this perception.  The...

    Tags: Michigan, USA
  • I'm sure many of you have wanted to go out somewhere with your whole family. Somewhere, where your kids would love it, you would love it too. Well that place would be the Bay Area! Which means Hayward, CA. Hayward is a small city in California near the famous city San Francisco. It may seem a...

  • It was eight in the morning and the sun was already searing in the sky.  I lay on top of my dry sleeping bag, something unheard of when you have camped in the Northwest your entire life.  I was almost accustomed to the sound of cicada bugs high in the trees by that point.  I opened my eyes,...

  • Ogunquit, Maine has been one of my family’s favorite vacation spots for as long as I can remember. My mom, my brother, and I usually spend a week at the Meadowmere, a spa hotel within equal walking distance of a glorious white sandy beach and a picturesque working fishing and lobstering harbor....

  • After 9/11 many racial assumptions arose as people questioned others from Arab countries. Two summers ago I travelled to Ramallah, Palestine to learn more about my heritage. My mother and I flew to Jordan and from there used a bus system to an Israeli guarded station where taxis would end the trip...

  • In early July, while most U.S. teenagers were working on their tans or preparing for massive 4th of July hot-dog consumption, I boarded a plane to South Africa with three 500-pound suitcases full of books. My destination: Mfuleni Township just outside of Cape Town. My goal: to start a library...

    Tags: Africa
  •   Over the summer of 2009, I spend a week at Ithaca College for Math Camp, and it was the highlight of my summer. The average person would say going on vacation to another place would be the best traveling experience but, not me; going to this college was the best experience for me. That week...

  • In the summer of 2005, my mom, dad, younger sister, and I traveled to Massachusetts. When I look back on it, this trip was an eclectic mix of history, relaxation, and new experiences. However, at the time of our departure, I was in my “bratty incoming high school freshman” stage and was upset about...

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