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  • As too often happens between a mother and son, my mom and I were drifting. Between her juggling act of jobs and my schooling, we had gravitated towards living two very different lives. Rarely did we share time together; never mind taking a vacation together. With this nigh unspoken of separation...

  • In 2007, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Europe (France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria) for three weeks with the People to People Student Ambassadors (peopletopeople.com). Within those 21 days, I experienced many new cultures and on the way made some mistakes! I hope to share my...

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  • When most people think of a relaxing family vacation, a cross-country adventure through nine western states plus a Canadian province doesn’t automatically come to mind. However, my parents weren’t looking for relaxing as they organized our summer vacation this year. My dad seemed to have taken it...

  •  When I was twelve years old, my parents took me to their hometown; Vietnam. I was excited to meet my extended family. I lived a very sheltered and comfortable life, my parents worked very hard, night and day to make sure I had the supplies I needed for school, a home, and food. It wasn’t until I...

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  • My initial reaction to a planned summer 2010 trip to Seattle, Washington was one of disdain and grumbling. Why would I want to leave Maryland for the dreary weather of Washington State? My father decided to bring my mother and me along while he attended business meetings at the Hilton Seattle. The...

  • Traveling with family doesn't always sound enjoyable. In my case, it's never sounded enjoyable! Up until this past summer when we took a trip to Florida. At first I was worried, only because we hardly ever spend time together and all of a sudden we were going to spend the entire weekend together?...

  • Balloon Fiesta (October 5-13, 5500 Balloon Fiesta Pkwy, Albuquerque, NM ) Get ready to rise early and go to the Mass Ascensions where all the hot air balloons take off at once like a patchwork quilt against the sky.  My favorite are the bees, which always go up holding hands and gradually drift...

  •   Spain is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. I was able to experience this country and its culture while on the foreign exchange trip with CurtisHigh School on Staten Island. With the group I traveled to Toledo, Barcelona, Madrid, Zaragoza, and Gijon where we learned about...

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  • The greatest trips are the unexpected ones. This was the case for my family in April 2012. We were headed back home from a youth convention in New Orleans, Louisiana when we decided to visit family in Mississippi. After we left from their home, we went and stopped on the beach. It was our first...

  • Costa Rica, a touch of the tropics, some may say. I say it’s more of a dive, head first, into a region soaked in biodiversity and engulfed by environmental awareness, for Costa Rica is so much more than just a tourist beach get away. This last summer I went on a tour with the spanish club at my...

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