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  • I was born in the Philippines.  However, due to my father's job, we soon moved and have traveled to Okinawa, South Korea, and eventually the United States.  I have only visited my Filipino family three times since 1991, and every time the feeling of home wraps itself around my heart to the point I...

    Tags: Asia
  • Last summer, my cousins decided to call us up and take us on a road trip. “ROAD TRIP!” we shouted as we began packing up our things.  Our uncle told us that he had a time share at a place called Indio, and that it might be a little bit hot. Our family and our cousin’s family are extremely close....

  • Cassis was beautiful, but I had envisioned sandy beaches, visits to museums, and nice city strolls. Instead, I was stuck in a kayak, wondering how I had gotten myself into this mess, as I tried to propel my paddle through the salty waves. The main attraction of Cassis are the calanques. Calanques...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Staring at the spires of St. Louis Cathedral I hear a jazz band playing and smell the sugary sweet smell of pralines from a street vendor. It is a perfect New Orleans moment! Across from the cathedral we climb to the overlook and I see the Mississippi River for the first time. It is flat and muddy...

  • My vacation to Disney World, with my high school marching band, in the summer of 2009 was one of the most exciting and enjoyable trips I have ever been on. It was also probably one of the hottest I had ever been on. Florida weather was not so kind to us for the first couple of days, it was hot and...

  •             I circle around the slab of rock that has been placed inside of walls and is now presented under a light for all to see. An artist made this marble special; he gave it a face, but more importantly an expression. As I slowly turn, the rocks face changes and I start to see a man. "The...

  • Hot. Dirty. Dry. Summer. Third-world. Peru. I have been there. I have experienced it. Life isn’t easy. The people hardly have what they need to get by, if they have that much. The staples for their diet are potatoes, rice, and vegetables. I spent a month eating potatoes, rice, and vegetables. No...

  • As soon as you walk off the 777 in New Delhi, India, you realize the place is different. Even after midnight, the air is hot and dry. There are no terminals in India; it is a mad rush full of pushing and shoving to get on the bus to take you to the airport. Such began my trip, my voyage of my...

    Tags: Asia
  • Thirty passports, thirty exhilarated students, one AeroMexico plane (of course including the complimentary six hour layover in Mexico City), a yearlong awaited trip, and one month of total Costa Rican immersion. So commenced the most sensational summer spectacle since Woodstock. Never had I...

  • I have recently been given the opportunity to experience something very humbling; something that has changed my outlook on life dramatically. This summer, I found two weeks to travel to Ecuador and volunteer. I used the volunteer agency Institute of Field Research and Expeditions, or IFRE, for...

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