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  • My first trip out of Alaska, and I couldn’t believe where I was: on the other side of the globe, in a completely foreign land.  From the moment I stepped off the plane and into my new life in Poland, I knew I was in for a difficult year.  I didn’t understand any words except, “Where is the toilet...

    Tags: Europe
  • Thousands of miles away, across the Atlantic, lies a land called Florence, Italy. I first discovered Florence through a uniquely boring documentary in my World Studies class in high school. The information, I had heard that before, but never had I actually seen the scenes of Florence! The city...

  • Traveling has been a part of my life since the age of two, when I first made a trip to South Africa from Uganda. Photos prove it, but I cannot boast of an experience from it. I was too young to recall anything. However, that was the commencement of my experiences in travelling as I then flew to...

  •  When I was twelve years old, my parents took me to their hometown; Vietnam. I was excited to meet my extended family. I lived a very sheltered and comfortable life, my parents worked very hard, night and day to make sure I had the supplies I needed for school, a home, and food. It wasn’t until I...

    Tags: Asia
  •   Right now I am in the Riviera Maya, staring at the sea green sky and sky blue water. I shut my eyes so I can hear vividly, the pre crash and crash of waves and the distant sounds of people on the beach. When I open my eyes, all I see are tones of blue. On blue, I see coy dots of white,...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • If there is one thing from home that you could introduce to the indigenous Peruvian people, what would it be?” My answer: NOTHING! This was a question my peers and I had to consider one evening last summer during our community service/travel trip to South America. Many gave answers you might...

  • When I was 17 years old, I almost died while on a plane returning home from Central America.We were flying directly over the Bermuda Triangle (of course, right?) when the plane started experiencing major turbulence. At one point, the plane suddenly plummeted downward as every passenger on the...

  •               “¡Cuidado! ¡Cuidado!” my broken Spanish caused a grin to erupt on Lupe’s face. The hot plethora of mushy rice began to dribble out of the corners of her smile. I tried to wipe her face clean of the goo, but my apologetic expression and humorous warnings only entertained her further....

  • By the age of 16, I had travelled all over the country: California, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, every state on the east coast, and all of New England, including several self-navigated trips to Boston. But this past summer, I took a trip to New York City that stretched my mind farther...

  • It was on a vacation to see my friend, in the depths of California's volatile waves. We, us two sisters in, were wave surfing. The water rushed away from our feet at the beach, and we knew a giant was coming. Without uttering another word, she swam with speed to catch and meet it - to ride it with...

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