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  • Sarasota, Florida- the home of the Ringling Museum of Art, extensive shopping, breathtaking bay, and the nation’s number one beach. I’m very proud to be able to call this town home, and fortunate that I live minutes away from the soft, white sand and gentle, turquoise waves of Siesta Key Beach...

    Tags: Florida, USA
  •   My muscles burned, and I willed myself to carry on, to take one more step.  I counted each stair: thirty-one, thirty-two. As I trudged on, I imagined a tragic war taking over my body: thirty-three, thirty-four.   The tendons were bitter over their fellow friends who had been sacrificed to the...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • In the spring of 2012, my junior year of high school, I had the pleasure to go on a Royal Caribbean cruse to the Bahamas. It was for four sun filled days spent out near the beautiful clear ocean and three nights bursting with laughter and spontaneous singing. On our cruise we were able to visit a...

  •         My hometown in Pennsylvania is a small one, complete with farms, one traffic light, and one main road. To anyone who doesn‘t live here permanently, it‘s an escape. However, to those of us who live here, it‘s anything but. It lacks well, everything; in my opinion at least. So, when it came...

  • As a child, I never acknowledged my mom’s lack of developed English. In fact, I treated the anomaly as a game for my young self to decipher and put together, like pieces of a puzzle. It wasn’t until one of my fourth grade classmates mocked her English did I realize that the discrepancies between...

  • It is dark now, but I know tiny lights are scattered in a hectic array beyond the shadowy clouds. Threads of red lights and white lights race past each other in opposite directions over the highways. Skyscrapers filled with impossible aspirations reach toward the clouds. As millions of clocks tick...

  • SUMMER! I've been waiting my whole life for this. Not just because this was going to be the first summer where I wouldn't have to take any extracurricular courses, but because I would get to travel out of the state of California for the very first time! It was a very big deal, even if it was only...

  • A few years ago, my family and I drove to Canyon Lake, Texas to visit my cousins for the Fourth of July. At the time, I was an impressionable preteen who was drawn to the intoxicating magnitude of being in an isolated forested area for a few days. I have been on many trips that involved the...

  • Who knew love was in the air? This past Christmas, I traveled with my family to Montego Bay, Jamaica. I already know what you're thinking -- 'EW!' -- what teenager wants to travel with their parents? Well, it was a fantastic trip. If you're reading this and thinking -- 'oh she must be some kind of...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Time is ticking. I can see the cars racing by in my window on the hotel shuttle. My mother and I were leaving the hotel and we were on our way to the airport. We were hurrying to catch the bus to board the Carnival Cruise ship to the Bahamas. After walking around with our luggage we waited, we...

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