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  • Everybody has one. One vacation during which all forces of the universe work together to create the perfect storm of events, a storm that picks you up by the collar of your shirt, tosses you around, and leaves you wondering: why me? A storm that, in our case, leaves you stranded in a Go-Kart...

  • We visited Auschwitz, and saw rooms filled with shoes taken from the prisoners. I saw pictures of babies who were tortured and glass exhibits filled with human hair. We visited Treblinka, a camp completely destroyed by the Nazis to hide their crimes, a Nazi made forest in its place, and memorials...

    Tags: Europe, Heritage
  • The United States holds some of the most beautiful sites in the world. During my life I have been fortunate to travel this country extensively, and I've never finished a trip without a story to tell. I've been stuck in the middle of the desert in a broken down train on my way to the Grand Canyon (...

    Tags: Europe
  •             The biggest mistake that families make when planning their vacations is operating under the assumption that everything will go perfectly. Despite past experiences, we refuse to imagine our flights getting delayed, or a child coming down with a sore throat the day of departure. Life...

  • Giant vs. dwarf. Old vs. new. Poor vs. wealthy. Summer 2010 in Japan followed summer 2009 in China and I had preconceived comparisons and expectations about these two Asian countries. I arrived in Osaka jet lagged from a sleepless flight, but at least I wasn't quarantined upon arrival as I was in...

    Tags: Asia
  • I received the announcement about Saint Hugh’s Summer School Programme in Oxford, England during the school year.  I acquired a collection of announcements for all sorts of colleges.  I thought it was a joke initially, but the free application consisting of a simple questionnaire and page essay...

    Tags: Europe
  • This was the day that my life changed. This summer I had the chance to go on another, People to People Student Ambassador Trip. This trip took me to Ireland, Wales, England, France, Belgium and the Netherlands; where our group got to see first hand the horrors of World War II. It was on this day...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Anxiously waiting to get on the road, I began to imagine how the ribs would taste in my mouth as I ripped the meat off the bones. I started to taste a variety of flavors, sauces, and seasonings. I was brought back into my surroundings when my mother announced that we were leaving. At that moment we...

  • As I was growing up in rural and suburban Western New York, New York City seemed to be a symbol of the things that were largely inaccessible to me in the small town where I lived – diversity, culture, and freedom. During the Spring of my junior year, I finally got the chance to see it for myself...

  • Art venders, brick roads, and shops align my path, this country, this street, has seen centuries gone by and legendary wars, but now it is one of the greatest civilizations on earth. Madrid, Spain was awe inspiring to my fifteen year-old eyes; I was traveling through Spain, England and France with...

    Tags: Europe

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