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  • My mother, Laurie, looked straight ahead at the road as she drove down some scenic highway.  I pivoted my head to look out my passenger window at the rock formation that peacefully rested on the naturally formed hill.  I let the feeling of the beauty seep into my skin for a moment, and then I...

  • Trapped....I've been trapped in this car, traveling 80 miles an hour for 12 hours.  I wish i could say that I slept through them all but the truth is, my anxiety forced me awake all 720 minutes and 758 miles. I stared out the window during our tour through Pennsylvania.  I shut my eyes in fear as...

  • My mother and I departed from Vegas to the Philippines on July 28, 2010 for personal business matters and vacation. When I got to my aunt's house, alot of my relatives still looked the same excluding the growth in height and haircuts. It was nice finally seeing them again especially my grandma....

    Tags: Asia
  • It was the trip that my sister and I were dreading yet at the same time, also welcoming. It was the trip to our father's homeland, Croatia. Our youthful eyes and hearts were eager to return back to the place where we spent our childhood summers, but our teenage minds were dreading the month we...

    Tags: Europe
  • It started with a statement: “It’s cold. Let’s go back to the hotel.”  It was late afternoon and we were in Boston Commons in April.  We were wrapped in our warmest sweatshirts and three pairs of socks in 50-degree weather.  Being from sunny Southern California, where 60-degrees is near freezing...

  • The 20 hour road trip began in Utah, went through the corn fields of the Midwest, and ended in beautiful Chicago. Our 4Runner, A.K.A. "The Big Red Bean", had no air-conditioning and a roaring, broken muffler. Although the circumstances could have easily led to a miserable trip, my aunt, best friend...

  • I had always believed that school trips could just not be any fun. I had been on field trips and such and seen the way you have about no freedom at all. That was until i took my sophomore trip to Costa Rica.   My mom had actually basically forced me to go, as bad as that sounds. But while i was...

  • “I’ve done it before, I can do it again. Easy!”  Never before in my life have I been so utterly proved wrong by my own self. The last time I hiked the eleven miles through the Grand Canyon, I had nothing but a much too heavy pack of items destined to never be used and buckets of water, later ending...

  •      My glasses fog up as the glass airport doors open, allowing the humidity to surround me. I stumble out of the airport, suprised at the intense weather. I notice how lush and green and beautiful this part of Cancun is. I slide into a cab with my mother and her friend, Omni Resort our...

  • During my junior year in high school, I went on my church's annual Winter Retreat. Going on this trip became very scary and nerve-racking since I had only begun going to that church just a few short weeks prior to the retreat. I didn't know anyone, including the youth leader that was taking us....

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