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  • In the summer of 2006, my brother, Oliver, and I traveled to Vancouver, Canada by plane to tour. This was my first time going to Canada and to be honest, I wasn't really excited to go. From what I've heard Canada was a gigantic wilderness larger than the United States but with only a fraction of...

  •  Hiking in Vibrams and a bathing suit felt equivalent to hiking barefoot in a girdle. Vibrams are a pair of 5-fingered shoes designed with 5 individual slots to eat of your toes.  The other students were equipped with expensive hiking boots while I heavily relied on one pair of all-purpose...

  • “-And before you stands a world treasure, an international landmark, recognized by almost anyone,” I overheard a tour guide recite to her band of faithful followers as she led them towards this towering structure. I stood at the base of this skeletal monster in silent disappointment. The sky only...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • My stomach did somersaults.  The plane was taking off, the destination: Maui, Hawaii.   I had always wanted to go to Hawaii, but never had gotten the opportunity.  So, when my Aunt and Uncle decided to let us use part of their time share, my family jumped at the opportunity.  I knew what to...

  • It was August 29th, 2010, when I boarded the plane to France.  It was my first trans-Atlantic trip, and I was at the edge of my sweaty airplane seat in uncontainable, nerdy excitement. I was going to see the infamous Palace of Versailles, built by the notorious King Louis XIV.  I would snap...

  • I have been on a lot of vacations. When I was about 12-years-old, we had went to Ohio. It was the first time me and my family had went to Cedar Point and I had a blast. My brother Andre loves rollercoasters. There was one particular ride I don't remember the name of, but Andre was in one car by...

  • Eight years ago my brother, my father, and I stood in wonder of the intimate loneliness of Joshua Tree National Park. Saying more in our silence than words could ever hope to capture, the three of us formed an unspoken bond that has united us ever since. This was my younger brother's first real...

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  • The sky was a light shade of gray. I was so nervous that I was nauseous and my hands were shaking. At seven o’clock all forty-four of us boarded the plane. We sat together, a big sea of maroon shirts and khaki pants, our leaders in navy-blue shirts. The plane took off down the runway. There was no...

    Tags: Europe
  • As a five-year-old, I remember sitting on the salty shore and contemplating whether or not my friends could have been right when they told me that if I shoveled long and hard, I would hit China.  Now, I have hollowed out some pretty great holes in my life, and not once has my shovel hit anything...

    Tags: Asia, China, Exploring

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