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  • Living within the United States has many benefits considering the freedoms that all Americans hold true. However, many Americans live their lives in the same place until they graduate college. I have been lucky enough to travel out of the country.  I have visited countries such as South Africa,...

    Tags: Asia
  • Germany. What can I say? It was absolutely beautiful. I landed in Frankfurt, Germany after nine, yes nine, hours in a plane. My parents and I rented a car from Avis, and drove down to Heidelberg, about an hour south on the Autobahn. Heidelberg is where I was born, which made it exciting for me to...

  •     “I can’t believe you’re finally coming to stay with me! After a whole year! My family is so excited, and my mom is doing crazy cleaning!” Rachael was talking so fast that I could hardly understand her, but it didn’t matter. All that mattered was that I could tell how excited she was, and I knew...

    Tags: Europe
  • Throughout most of my life, I lived in New Jersey, specifically Elmwood Park. Being one of the less fortunate towns in New Jersey, Elmwood Park is barely recognized, especially that of a tourist's. However, Elmwood Park has served an amazing environment for me to grow; the town would also serve...

  • The first steps out of the airplane, the gush of the humid air. The rustle of people, as they carry their belongings, the greetings of the stewardesses and pilots, the atmosphere encompassing me. I quickly follow the steps of my mother, as she leads the way into the airport. The cool rush of the...

    Tags: Asia
  • Mississippi Mission trip. When I was 13 I went to Mississippi, on a church mission trip. I live in Kentucky, so I thought that Mississippi would be just the same as Kentucky. Oh boy, was I wrong. The deep south was not only different in food, but in people. What was my mission in Mississippi? My...

  • Southern Germany’s patchwork landscape, dotted with orderly squares of emerald and mustard, plays peek-a-boo with me through the clouds. Below, the familiar Bavarian charm of Rosenheim acts magnetic, pulling me closer. I depart from the airport on an express train, which snakes through...

    Tags: Europe, Germany
  • It was smack-dab in the middle of our annual family beach week vacation at Rockaway Beach, when my cousin Renae and I found ourselves face to face with udder boredom. As we listed our options of ways to pass the time, we finally came to the decision that we would go for a bike ride. The goal of our...

  • The summer of 2011 was the most eventful traveling season my family had ever planned.  In July we went to Myrtle Beach then New York City all within a seven day span.  New York City was the farthest we had traveled north and required the longest car ride. Although we drove fourteen hours straight...

  • 2007 was a horrible year almost as soon as it got started.  First, my Nana died before her 97th birthday.  It was a shock to everyone, because even with the knowledge of her age, she was very healthy, and I think everyone secretly believed she'd make it to the triple digits.  Secondly, my dog died...

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