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  • As I stared out the window at 4:00a.m., anticipation was growing.  All I could think about was the beautiful mountains of Colorado that I had ogled over the summer before during a field biology class.  The beautiful nature had overwhelmed and inspired me.  It changed both my life and my planned...

  • A trip that will forever be remembered was a road trip to San Diego, California on Friday, July 22 to Sunday, July 24, 2011 with my four cousins Angelica, Stacy, Chloe, and Shelby. It was the first time we went on a trip without any adults and we were able to learn and experience a lot in just...

  • On November 14, 2006, after chasing the sun across the Pacific for nearly fourteen hours, I touched down at Kansai International Airport, just south of Osaka, Japan, in the pitch dark, and stood for the first time on non-American soil. I was now in the Nippon-koku, Land of the Rising Sun.I was...

    Tags: Asia
  •             In June I experienced the trip of my lifetime thus far – a nine day excursion through England, Wales, and Ireland.  I fell in love with Europe every step of the way and I was certainly blessed, for I was able to witness things that I will never forget.             London, the first stop...

    Tags: Europe
  •    Summertime; eight weeks of freedom that all teenagers anticipate all school year long. There was no better place to spend it then where the sun is always shinning and the taste of salty mist from the waves lingers in the air. We spend all year longing for our skin to glow bronze from the...

  • "Ole Ole Ole, Cholo Simeone!" the crowd chanted loudly in unison as their home team ran up and down the pitch. It was a Sunday afternoon, no clouds in the sky and it was just the right atmosphere for a soccer match in the southern part of the city of Madrid. Madrid, Spain: a city with a rich...

  • The song 'Leaving on a Jet Plane' has always been just that, a song. But, my travels in Australia changed my opinion of it. It went from being a wav file to listen to and enjoy to being a musical masterpiece that had the potential to bring tears to my eyes. On December 31, 2006 at 9:00 p.m., I...

    Tags: Pacific
  • “?? ????? fanta ???????” Ukrainian for, “Do you have Fanta with ice?”  While traveling through Europe one thing that I have noticed about Europeans is, oddly enough, many prefer not to have ice in their drinks. Consequently, being an American and loving ice-cold soda, I always have to ask for ice...

    Tags: Europe
  • Each sparkling light strung together as if whispering to the moon light sky, that there is always a Tower District, Fresno, CA family willing to keep it lifted above the ground. Tower District is always lit, a banner of yellow lights stretch across the street for blocks reminding passers that it is...

  •  ‘Ahh. This will be nice,’ my mind whispered to itself. I settled into my seat and the long, twelve hour plane ride ahead of me. “Ugh.” I stared down at my hideously large walking boot. “What?” Victor’s eyes ran rapidly between mine and my boot. I gestured sarcastically toward the repulsive object...

    Tags: Asia

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