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  • I stepped on board the airplane, excited and anxious at the same time. I was looking forward to all the new things I would get to know -- the streets of Tokyo, the people, the food and all other secrets of Japan -- and yet I felt somewhat nervous about how new and strange everything would be once I...

    Tags: Asia, Japan
  • The roaring of the airplane’s duel engines abruptly ended my brief nap. I bolted upright in my small, crammed airplane chair and looked around. We, my Spanish class from my high school, were on our way to Spain. My neighbor, a bulky youth with blue eyes and blonde hair, clapped me on the shoulder...

    Tags: Europe
  •             Middle school was finally over! It was time for a relaxing summer, and boy was I ready.  This summer, I would be taking a trip to India, where my parents migrated from 25 years ago.  This of course, was not my first trip there, but this trip would definitely be different.  I was going...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • In the fall of 2009, my parents and I took a cruise in the Mediterranean Sea for 12 days, stopping at 9 different ports in 5 different countries. I always have a great time on cruises, but I knew that this one would be even more amazing due to the different stops we were making. My family flew...

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  • As a Korean-American, I have never truly appreciated my Korean heritage but during my trip to South Korea I discovered myself through the experiences and sceneries that helped me shape who I am today. Beginning as any other vacation, my trip was thought to just be a fun experience then it changed...

    Tags: Asia
  • I had never been away from home more than a few days, so when my middle school offered an exchange program to Mexico I jumped on the chance. I’d imagine Mexico to be this pre-historic place where people transported on donkeys, ate beans and rice for dinner, and wore sombreros on a daily basis. My...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I feel dizzy as I step off the airplane. The sun blinds me as I try to find my footing. After eight hours on a plane, I am displeased to find my shoe covered in mud instead of resting on concrete. It is at this point that I realize that I am truly in Lima, Peru, instead of Atlanta, Georgia. The...

  • "Ladies and Gentlemen, we will be arriving in Amsterdam shortly.” All I could think of was how is my dream coming true right now? How did Katie and I convince our parents to let us go to Holland by ourselves at seventeen years old? I had to pinch myself a couple of times after we got off the plane...

    Tags: Europe
  • Costa Rica, a touch of the tropics, some may say. I say it’s more of a dive, head first, into a region soaked in biodiversity and engulfed by environmental awareness, for Costa Rica is so much more than just a tourist beach get away. This last summer I went on a tour with the spanish club at my...

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