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  • “Chairs on the ceiling? Whaling boats floating in the air? Conestoga wagons, Indian chief statues, and gallows… oh my!” These thoughts may course through the mind of a visitor to Bucks County, Pennsylvania’s Mercer Museum. Hardly your ordinary history museum, this six-story concrete castle acts as...

  • Something about breathing the air of the other coast and exploring the other side of America gives me an exhilarated feeling.  On a late July summer night in 2011, I walked to the baggage claim area waiting for my family's suitcases to roll up on the belt. Just as we finally retrieved all our...

  •        After middle school, my parents and I decided that it would be a good idea for me to go to a summer camp alone. We lived in Turkey at that time so our opinion of a good summer camp for me was a program that would improve my English and include fun activities. After a long search of...

    Tags: Europe
  • The quintessential Parisian experience that tops everyone's list of things to do is to reach the top of the Eiffel Tower and see the entire city at your feet.  What many don't know is that you can see an even better view from the top of Notre Dame Cathedral.  When my family visited Paris in...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  •           The cry of seagulls permeating the air. The crisp, salty smell of the ocean drifting lazily into my nostrils. A decadent, five-star hotel before me, eager to welcome me after a long, sleepless night. None of these things greeted me as I exited my EgyptAir plane and stepped onto the arid...

    Tags: Africa
  • A desert by definition is dry. The sun scorches the desert as one squeezes the liquid from a towel. It's not easy to call a place like that home, and it isn't easy to get used to either. But on rare days, I stand on a mountain, overlooking my community. The wind slashes through the strands of my...

  • Built between the Cascade Mountain range and the Pacific Ocean, Bellingham is a hidden beauty among the trees, waterfront, and sketchy mountain roads. This town is full of it's own character, street performers downtown on Saturdays near the farmer's market, full blown works of art on the sides of...

  • These days it can be tough to have a fun and fascinating opportunity. With the emergency of final exams that overwhelm students to get a better grade and leave a complete mark for the end of the school year, it is more difficult to choose a vocational-like program. The announcement of my...

  • I think it is safe to say that I spent the entire summer traveling - literally by plane, train, and automobile. Despite the comfort of a Southwest Airlines plane, the surprising spaciousness of an Amtrak train, the (sometimes) closed coziness of an AC Transit bus, or the familiarity of my family...

  •   On May 29, 2008, my family and I got on a plane that would take us to the most magical vacation we had ever been on.  My godparents and their daughter joined us, and they helped us organize and plan our trip.  We went to Walt Disney World in Florida. When we arrived, a complimentary Disney...

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