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  • “What’s in Wisconsin, that’s even worth going for?” was my immediate question. My mom had excitedly announced that the small town of Muscoda, Wisconsin was to be the annual family reunion, on her side of the family, destination. One full dragged out week, an arms reach away from twenty eight other...

  • In hindsight, Rome probably would have killed us. Our week in Tuscany was to be strictly rural, as mandated by my outdoorsy mother. Although she had waxed poetic about the narrow country roads described in her ladies’ book club favorite “Under the Tuscan Sun”, she was a lot less enthusiastic...

  • The summer I turned 16 changed my self-serving ways. I planted my humanitarian roots in Thailand. Thailand is a corner of Utopia, whether you’re amongst the bright lights of Bangkok or overlooking cascading acres of rice paddies in the agrarian north. Separated into 76 provinces, each region rivals...

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  • There I was – in a different school, in a different country, with a different language, in a different hemispheres; I had no idea how I would survive the first day! My mother, who was on a medical trip, and I met with the principal of the high school on Dumagete Island in the Philippines, 8,000...

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  • It was the summer of 2008 and my family and I were concluding a vacation in Maui.  Being a somewhat venturesome trio, we decided we would excursion to the less visited eastern side of the island, the less developed side where groceries cost five times the normal expense, where no skyscrapers...

  • This July I took a trip to the Last Frontier: Alaska.  Now this trip was not a vacation or a trip of business.  Instead I went to Alaska to volunteer at a summer camp for children who are visually impaired or blind, Camp Abilities Alaska.  I had met the director of the camp at a similar program...

  • In the summer of 2007 my family and I went on a fabulous trip to San Diego. While we were in San Diego, we had what some might call a very “wild” trip. My dad’s friend, Mike, suggested that instead of visiting the San Diego Zoo, we should go to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, which is only a forty...

  • Living a fast paced, new age life style is no easy task, and my family prides itself on our ability to keep up with the demands of everyday living. We own the carpool route like it’s nobody’s business, and school drop offs have developed into a work of art; ending with my sister and I throwing...

  • Big, bright, and glamorous is a teenage girls dream. Being the youngest in my family, I never have had much say on what goes on. Always being overpowered by my two head strong older brothers, and sometimes even my shy older sister, eventually gets old. Vacations, especially, were a decision that...

  • Being Mexican-American comes with a great advantage. Here is the thing why it is so great; I get to travel to Mexico annually. I am one who is fascinated by culture, religion, language, you name it. In the dictionary it says, “trav-el: to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or...

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