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  • Every year, my family and I take a road trip during summer vacation. In 2008, my parents revealed our next summer destination -- Nova Scotia, Canada. As the word "Canada" ran through my mind, all I could imagine was a freezing, barren land filled with people who said "eh" all of the time. How much...

  • I want to start by saying that I honestly do love my family, but some things should just be thoroughly planned. It all started when my grandmother planned to take me on a cruise for our upcoming family reunion to the Bahamas. I don't really know this side of my family that well so I was alittle bit...

  • When I arrived off the plane in Colorado I was greeted by hugs from my aunt and cousin. It was a happy Rooney Family Reunion. The time was 3:00pm MST, but my body was set to EST which would be 5:00pm so we went out for a bite. We stopped at the first of many excellent Mexican Restaurants throughout...

  • Prior to visiting Pittsburgh, the furthest I’d ever been out of my home state was Myrtle Beach, SC. That was a nice experience, but I’d anticipated getting more out of this trip. The difference in distance would, of course, play a factor – but there was also the difference in scenery to consider....

  • Even though I live in Florida and the place where I traveled is not very far, it has had a profound influence in my life. The magic of Walt Disney World goes deeper than the commercialistic views that most people see. I have been traveling to Walt Disney World since I was 8 weeks old, and of course...

  •  Ames, Iowa provides many opportunities to experience American culture and become immersed in American history. Since the mid 1800s, Ames has become a booming college town. Culture has had lots of time to flourish in this time, and evidence of the age of this town can be found everywhere....

    Tags: Iowa, USA
  •  I rested my head against the window of the Shinkansen (Japanese Bullet Train). Rice paddies and tiny mountain towns flashed before my eyes. Zipping through the countryside at speeds of over 100 mph seemed a bit surreal. The train attendants were selling us an assortment of terrifically vibrant...

    Tags: Asia
  • Nestled in a fertile valley between the Cascade Range and the Coast Range in Southern Oregon, the Rogue Valley boasts a myriad of attractions ranging from sport fishing to live Shakespeare performances. The Valley is home to Medford, just 30 miles north of the California border. Surrounding this...

    Tags: Exploring, Oregon, USA
  • Visiting my extended family in Sparta, Greece, outside the capital of Athens, became my first time out of the US. I won’t bore you with my insomniac-like, midnight flight from Newark to London, or my slumber from England to Athens. I won’t blog about my trip through the cleanest subway station,...

    Tags: Europe
  • Although Africa frequently brings to mind the image of lions dancing and singing “Hakuna Matata,” it is actually much more than that. All kidding aside, it is difficult to picture Africa without the numerous animals it is known for, animals that we’ve all grown up seeing in picture books. However,...

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