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  • On May 30, 2007 my family and I left for the Dubuque Airport to go on a family vacation to Houston, Texas. We were going partly because my brother, Evan, was leaving for college in the fall and also because my uncle lives down there. When we arrived at the airport I was a little apprehensive about...

  • El Porvenir, Baja California, Mexico. It's a small, poor town. A town with dirt roads and dilapidated houses, a town where it is more common to see a horse coming down the street rather than a car. There are more stray dogs than there are cows. There are two churches, one Catholic and one Christian...

  • From my perch on the blinding white rooftop of the half-built church, I could make out the tips of the farmacias and the scattered rusty storefronts, dreary-eyed like their owners at siesta time. If I squinted a little more, I could see the miles of debris at the bottom of the hill, each pile a...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The Grand Canyon, a widely talked about place and supposedly one of the greatest places to visit, is one that I had never experienced. What makes it such a grand and amazing place? My family and I left for the canyon by train – departing on The Grand Canyon Railway from Williams, Arizona. The...

  •          Left Everything but the Accent So I believe everyone knows stories have good parts and bad parts. My story has many bad and good parts. This is about my family journey moving from the south to the sad north. Now don’t get me wrong there is nothing wrong with the north or Midwest like...

  • The sun oozes -- a fat, juicy, shockingly scarlet puddle bleeding into the fuchsia, magenta and tangerine serenade. The cliffs regally wear this flawless sunset like a water-color cape flying behind their rocky shoulders. Every shrub, rock and organism is exquisitely placed on this luxuriously...

  • When my parents first told my brothers and I we would be visiting Costa Rica weree confused. Having grown up in Europe and immigrated to California, we’re no strangers to travel, but this small Central American country seemed like an extremely random pick compared to the popular Mexican resorts or...

  • In the summer of 2007, I experienced an exciting journey to Myanmar, in South east Asia, where its rich culture, traditions and religion keep the people of this country proud, strong, and very much happy. I found the highlights of Myanmar to be its countless beautiful pagodas, its breath taking...

    Tags: Asia
  • The best trip I have ever been on has to be the band's spring trip my junior year. We went to Sandusky, Ohio and it was the most fun I've ever had! For me half of the fun was the bus ride because when you get sixty band kids on a bus, hilarity ensues! Well, we had twenty hours worth of hilarity to...

  • All my life I’ve been curious to travel and to have fun, to experience life at its most precious and timeless moments. Last summer certainly did not start off as great as I’d hoped it would be. There were many things that I wanted to accomplish, and quite frankly, I was still the shy Lexi I had...

    Tags: Europe

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