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  • Miles stretch along miles of dry cracked land, deprived of so much water that it no longer held the moist coffee brown color but an alert orange that cried out for rain entered my sight. The raging sun beat down on frail patches of grass and trees like a continuous drum, pounding down rays of...

    Tags: Africa
  • As soon as my cousin and I discovered that we had relatives in Hawaii, we have been pestering out parents to take a vacation there ever since. That was ten years ago, and last summer, when I was seven-teen, I finally got to visit one of the most beautiful islands in the world. Year after year, I...

  • I’ve observed that many vacations and trips of mine are quite disappointing. I think this is so because I have such high expectations of these trips. Vacations are planned months and sometimes even years before they actually take place; this leads to obsessive contemplation over the event. In times...

  •    The water was as clear as glass, and as I ran in, a massive comforting warmth surged through my entire body.  I walked through the beautifully clear water, and the ocean massaged my feet with soft, white sand. I thought to myself what a wonderful place this was!  Montego Bay, Jamaica really is a...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I am the opposite of a city slicker. For almost my entire life I’ve resided in suburban California, rarely going outside the confines of the state. So I jumped at the chance to get out of my comfort zone in order to visit Chicago, Illinois.   Transportation there is easy. I could walk almost...

  • It was a late, rainy afternoon in July when we finally pulled into the driveway at the Wealthy Poor House Bed and Breakfast. My mom, dad, and I had come over twelve hundred miles to Belfast, Maine on our trip up the coast of New England. We had seen the ivy leagues, walked the Freedom Trail, and...

  • It’s Fourth of July weekend!  Yay!  Parades, fireworks at State Fair, sparklers, selling bracelets before the parade, picnic at church grounds, and ice cream cones—right?  Nope, not this year!  This year it was Blue Mounds State Park, bunking out in a cabin, digging for fruit in the cooler, playing...

  • My foothold was slipping. Gravity was pulling at me as I hung horizontally from the rock face, struggling to climb out and over the ledge. The cold rock scraped at my bare knees, the sharp mountain wind chilling the sweat as it fell in droplets from my face; my grimy, frozen hands were slowly...

    Tags: Europe, France
  •               Sunday, July 19, 2009 – Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.  Daylight.  When I found out earlier in March that my application to enroll in “Hanban’s Confucius Institute for American and British High School Students” was accepted, my initial reaction was that of elation – my fingers...

    Tags: Asia
  • Greetings from Sarasota, Florida! Sarasota is a fabulous city and provides several places to shop, dine, swim, relax, and enjoy all varieties of entertainment. Located in the southern United States, Sarasota’s average monthly temperatures range from about 61 degrees Fahrenheit in January to about...

    Tags: Florida, USA

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