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  • On the only day I spent in Málaga, it rained. I sat with a tiny Spanish girl and a loud, crass Spanish boy on the bus ride, as grey drizzle came down on the rolling hills that were covered in a carpet of olive trees. On that day, I spoke at most ten words of English. The rest of the time I made a...

    Tags: Europe
  • In the midst of five thousand sweating bodies and the excruciating humidity of Tennessee, my life took a turn. Last summer, on July 11, I headed across the country to the city of Knoxville with thirty other kids from my church youth group. As a group, we had been through a lot together, but nothing...

  • You ever been on a cruise, well I been on recently, and it was one of the most enjoyable vacations I have been on in awhile. The cruise line was none other than Royal Caribbean, with their low fares and plenty of things that you can do on the boat.  It may not have been one of the best cruise ships...

  • My name is Nicole Tut and I’m currently a junior at Gertz Ressler High School. I am involved in many extra curricular activities and  afterschool programs and just recently through the Step Up program, I was able to take a college trip to San Francisco. Step up had coordinated conferences with...

  •   In the year 2008, as a sophomore, I traveled to Austria with the school music department and the US International Tour Company. It was one of the most amazing and enlightening experiences I have ever had the chance to be a part of. On our tour we stayed a night in Munich at the Mercure Hotel (...

    Tags: Europe
  • I wanted my trip to Spain with my high school Spanish class to be unforgettable. As a high school student who didn’t have a job, other than mowing my grandmother’s lawn, my first issue was financing the trip. I saved for a year, but I knew I would still have to be thrifty while in Spain. The...

    Tags: Europe
  • When I was less than a year old, my father decided to leave my mom and I with any form communication between him and us. Twelve years later, my mom and I learned from my father's sister that he had killed himself; this was the very first time that my mom and I had spoken to my father's family...

  • It was 8 o'clock sharp and my family and I were right on time for breakfast at the Hotel Marignan in Paris, France. It was only the third day that we had stayed there and we were had already settled into what was practically a home away from home. The old lady who served the breakfast met us at our...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  • Rather than waking up to the drone, hackneyed roar of snow plows in Maine, we were carried out of bed by the soothing lullabies of the restless co’ qui frogs and the pungent aroma of juicy, apple-filled empanadas. “Can I extend my trip?” I remember inquiring to myself that morning. Every year in...

  • I have in my deepest memories the times that my father went deep-sea fishing and arrived home with few fish. Since age seven, I dreamt of holding a fishing pole and reeling in a tuna or halibut independently. Even after being harped about fishing being a man's sport, my resistance to giving up and...

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