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  • In the summer of 2004 I had qualified for the U.S. National Track Field Junior Olympics in Eugene, Oregon for the 800m run. My family decided to have a road trip from Orange County, California to Oregon, instead of flying there. On the way we made several sightseeing stops. The Junior Olympics is...

  •   In all honesty, my trip to the Grand Canyon West Rim was chaotic. My family simply planned to leave in the morning, arrive at lunch, spend our day there, and head home before it got dark. That didn’t work out as planned. With the dreadfully long, utterly boring, cringe-worthy car ride, we...

  • A nervous teenage boy ventures into Detroit Metro Airport. His left hand tightly clutches his boarding pass. In that moment in time, that pass is the most important item in his world. He repeatedly glances at it, checking and rechecking his flight and gate number: Delta Flight 2745 and Gate 45A. In...

  • Last summer in Spain though Indiana University’s foreign exchange student program, I discovered how much home meant to me. I realize now how naive I was as my plane left Chicago’s airspace headed for Europe. I thought a summer abroad would be a pleasant break from the hum-drum tedium of daily...

    Tags: Europe
  • I’m from Nebraska—most of my world exists between two cornfields. So when I ventured to London for the first time with my school band, I was expecting charming accents. Flying umbrellas. Double-decker buses. Instead, I got a whole lot of falafel. We were housed in the London Hilton-Metropole, which...

  • Whether you're here for business or pleasure you can find everything you're looking for nestled in a town of about 30,000. Home to the worlds largest retailer, a world class art museum, numerous outdoor trails and parks, a thriving night life, and the quaint small town hospitality, Bentonville,...

  •           Lifting up my head, I saw the small, rocky stairs extending on and on until disappearing indistinctly in the mist. Streams of rain scoured down the terrain, welcoming me enthusiastically. With each step, my shoes fought the overpowering water-army. With each step, my shoes got defeated...

    Tags: Asia
  • The summer of 2008 was an eventful time. I journeyed to my grandma’s home country, Vietnam. My grandma met my grandpa during the Vietnam War; he married her and brought her to the United States. Grandma had always told me stories of her time there, but actually going myself made my ethnicity more...

    Tags: Asia
  • It was four-o'clock in the morning on yet another stifling day in Piedras Negras , Mexico. Our group of twenty-five teenagers and five chaperones were kicking stones in the middle of the dusty road, anticipating the opening of the U.S. border. The sun began to ascend in the eastern sky and it...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • For some, it's a place; for others, an idea. Whether tangible or not, everyone has a home, and everyone can speak proudly of its attractions and appeal to visitors. I have two. There is the home I was born with - the townhouse in a quiet suburb in California; and there is the home I discovered -...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring

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