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    Paris. What comes to mind? Is it romantic French cafes, filled with soft music and the murmur of good food and even better wine? Is it the roaring Champs Elysees, with its do-or-die roundabout and its tantalizingly expensive French stores? Or is it the icon itself: the Eiffel Tower piercing the...

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    It's my mom’s fault. It is my go-to excuse whenever I have to cancel plans for a get-together with friends; grounded, had to study for the SATs, or a school night.  The list is endless.  But this time, it was not just an excuse; it was The Reason.  It really was my mom's fault, and even she admits...

    Tags: Asia
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    About 4 years ago, my family took an unforgettable vacation to South Africa where we participated in a three day safari. When my family took this trip, we were living in Madrid, Spain. Our plane tickets cost about $1750 per person, but a ticket from New York City, New York would cost about the...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
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    Whenever I stopped at the side of Terminus Road – the main street of Plateau state, Nigeria – my eyes were always engrossed by the horde of little kids who would encircle our car. The streets were dirty and packed and the people were hustling various commodities. Everything was quite busy. To top...

    Tags: Africa
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    The city of love! The city of lights! Baguettes for breakfast, snails as a snack and cheese galore! Wine all the time, cigarettes all around, and berets abound! Sadly, this wildly stereotypical depiction of Paris, France was approximately what I had in mind when I first learned I was to visit this...

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    2546 meters up Bunderspitz the icy wind chilled my bones, and fatigue set in, but with one glance at the sun emerging from the horizon all my aliments dissipated- I was on top of the world and the heavens were surrounding me. In the summer of 2009 I had the adventure of a lifetime, two-week trip to...

    Tags: Europe
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    Fat Free Sugar Free Regular Creamer and Café Don Pablos and a side of Carr{s Ginger Lmeon Cremes back porch breeze, cars going by... Wait that's not right? That's the U.S.? Van los tomates, van los platanos, aguacates, verduras, verduras, that's at 5:15 am. 5:30 am Va la leeeeeeche Va la leeeche. 5...

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    Being raised in a middle class family, I took a lot for granted. I had grown to believe that many things in life -- ”televisions, computers, grocery stores, restaurants -- ”were customary, even necessary. But six weeks in the underprivileged Toledo District of Belize dramatically changed my...

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    I was anxious as I left my home for the airport. I didn’t know what to expect from my three month vacation to Kenya. I had gone on this trip to learn about my culture and understand about the place where I was born. I moved to the United States at a young age and wanted to regain what I had lost...

    Tags: Africa, Vacations
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      When we first arrived, it was pitch black outside, except for the headlights on our van. No one got the full effect of how this would be for four days until the next morning. The cold startled each one of us as we stepped out of our tents and into the frozen vans. Our selfish thoughts of how we...

    Tags: Caribbean

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