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  •                A ‘mad’ king and a beautiful castle; it may sound like another one of the Grimm Brothers fairytales, but this is reality. For a week I was assigned to stay at a German family’s home in a town that sisters my own home. Within the time I learned their culture by eating what they ate...

  • This past June, my parents decided to take my brother and I on a two week vacation to explore the medieval towns in Germany and the ancient streets of Italy. On day nine of our exploration, we took a train to spend the day in Naples, Italy. Our expectations were high because of the good comments...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  •     When my aunt Laura called from Canada and asked if my sister and I could visit, I did not know what to think. Going somewhere, completely new for the first time can be hard. My sister and I were traveling as minors, so that was also a struggle. During the flight, I met this lady that took so...

  •                   My name is John Thompson, and I’d consider myself an avid traveler. I’ve been to more than a dozen countries in my short sixteen years of life. I have never been to Europe, though. Most have been countries in southeast Asia. I’m half Thai on my mom’s side so I go to Thailand every...

    Tags: Asia
  • This trip has not been so thrilling or heart-warming as it was spontaneously educational. I have learned more about myself and about the world around me through the experiences of thirteen distinctive students.         It all began when I flew over to Beijing in the summer of 2010 where I was...

  • Two summers ago, my aunt, step-uncle, and brother went to "the American West." The original plan was to visit my grandpaw in Kansas and then travel to YellowstoneNational Park, but we ended up going to every western state except California, Wyoming, and Oregon. On the second night of the trip, I...

  • My mother, Laurie, looked straight ahead at the road as she drove down some scenic highway.  I pivoted my head to look out my passenger window at the rock formation that peacefully rested on the naturally formed hill.  I let the feeling of the beauty seep into my skin for a moment, and then I...

  • "Bonjour tout le monde! Guess what?" exclaimed my French teacher.  "We're going to Canada!"  I'll never forget how excited my class and I were when we heard the news of our French class trip. I've heard so many wonderful things about that beautiful country. I woke up enthusiastically at four in...

  • Excitement, fear, curiosity, fatigue, the want of food and comfort with a side of adrenaline. It was the perfect concoction of uneasiness and restless that kept me yearning for more as I traveled that year. It was the middle of my 8th grade break and my mom got a goup of local students and I...

  • I’ve discovered that clouds are, by far, some of the most interesting things to photograph. When you’re in an airplane, above most of the pollution and a lot of the atmosphere, the contrast between the blue of the sky and the white of the clouds is inspirational. I was on an airplane with my aunt...

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