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  •    To go on a vacation is a wonderful luxary in which some people do only a few times in their entire life. With the times being how they are and my dad recently being cut from his job, getting away from the stressfull everyday life and enjoying what a beautiful country i live in gave me a whole...

  •   A trip to visit my family was what it was. We hit the red eye flight, including the awful level of comfort to sleep in first class, and the movies that no one else can get on DVD yet. It was a start to a very nice trip. We landed at Gatwick airport in London at about 9 am England time, which...

  • As the bus was moving, I felt a slight pang of homesickness, but it passed quickly. How could I be homesick? The trip I was going on, most people only dreamed of. We had just arrived in Frankfurt, Germany and were headed towards the hotel we were staying for a few days. The flight was a horrifying...

    Tags: Europe
  • I wish I could stay in Venice forever. When I visited Venice, or Venezia in Italian, the spectacular grandeur of the city amazed me.  Yet, the city seemed so peaceful and quaint with its boats gliding under the footbridges on the slow moving green canals. Venice has colorful buildings crammed...

  • “Cuy, quiero cuy!” These were the desperate words that escaped my mouth as my family and I scrounged the Ecuadorian mountainside, searching high and low for the famous cuy; also known as guinea pig in America. Yet, this was not a friendly household pet to take home and brag about to my friends,...

  • My visit to Hong Kong turned out to be a magical two-month hiatus in my life. My father, who had lived in Hong Kong for a year, had asked us to join him as a family there. What optimism I had managed to muster short-circuited as soon as I entered my father’s apartment. Hong Kong is one city...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • As I got off the train to meet the family I would be living with for the next three weeks, a myriad of emotions ran over me. I was excited to finally be starting the adventure I had been hoping for and dreaming about for many years, but also extremely nervous. Would they be nice? Would they like me...

    Tags: Europe
  • With a forceful surge of energy, I heaved myself up out of the chilling water, and collapsed onto the closest bench. The whole snorkel-boat shook -- “ though admittedly, it was scarcely more than a large white dinghy, having a maximum capacity of perhaps eight passengers. Gulping in the warm Baja...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • In May 2008, I went to Yosemite National Park in California. At that time, I was in the 8th grade and I was only 13 years old. I went to Yosemite with my school, Presidio Middle School. I didn’t really know anyone that well who was going on the trip. I signed up to go to Yosemite because when I...

  • In 2006 I was turning fifteen and entering my freshman year of high school. It would be the beginning of a new chapter in my life, but I had another calling-a stronger one. Instead of idly waiting away my summer days I chose to go to Douala, Cameroon, Africa, on a three month long missions trip,...

    Tags: Africa

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