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  • Every year my family and I always go visit our relatives in sweet home Alabama. We live in Colorado which is thousands of miles away. I never get tired though of the long exhausting hours in the van with everyone warm and content as we take that road trip or the surprised expression on my...

  • Moving from New York to Florida- Deltona, Florida no less, was, undoubtedly one of the worst moves of my short life. I was used to the fast paced, hectic, yet wonderful life of a New Yorker. The sounds of car horns and expletives were what woke me up in the morning, much like the strong cup of...

  • As a resident of South Florida I am engrossed in a plethora of different cultures and people from every corner of this world every day. These surroundings evolved my interest in the world outside of South Florida. I took every opportunity to study such countries as Costa Rica, France, Cambodia,...

  • When I first learned that my family and I were going on a cruise to Alaska, I didn’t know what to expect. I pictured a wood cabin covered in snow in the middle of a gigantic forest. The blazing summer heat was getting to me and I was excited to feel the cool Alaskan air against my skin. I had...

  • It all started several years ago. I heard my mom and dad speak in hushed tones after a call in the middle of the night immediately followed by a litany of phone calls to my relatives. My father had received a phone call from a lawyer in Poland who said that there was a building in this tiny coal...

    Tags: Europe
  • One August afternoon my mother and I were sitting on the deck in our backyard, enjoying the sun and relaxing. I was telling her about my plans to study abroad while in college, and my dreams to travel to foreign countries to learn about their culture. At one point in our discussion, my mom turned...

  • For my 16th birthday, we planned the most wonderful trip ever to Hong Kong. OMG!!!! I can’t tell you how long it took for the day to finally arrive but at last we were on our way. We left JFK Airport, New York to Frankfurt, Germany (stopover) to Hong Kong, China...

    Tags: Asia
  • The UHAUL was full to bursting, the bus was loaded with snacks and pillows, parents were standing around in pajamas and coke bottle glasses, and the students (that's us) were gathered around our teacher to make sure we weren't forgetting anything. It was five thirty in the morning one week into the...

  • How many have heard the famous proverb:  When in Rome, do as the Romans do? This proverb, passed down through centuries, signifies the importance of respecting and abiding by another person’s customs as a guest. My family and I actually have gone to Rome and had the chance to experience the Italian...

  •   In my mind, I pictured groomed, pristine streets overflowing with fashion-conscious, fast-walking citizens.  I’d been to cities before, I knew what to expect—but the moment our cab arose from the tunnel into sunny Manhattan, I was practically in shock.  The portrayals I’d seen on television...

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