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  • I was given the opportunity to study Chinese in China two summers ago with an Irvine Valley College teacher and fifteen other students. They ranged from fourteen to fifty years old, all with a passion to learn a new language. Spending one month in China intensively studying every weekday from eight...

    Tags: Asia
  • From the first out of state trip with my family to my first out of country trip without my parents, I knew it wouldn’t be my last. I fell in love with traveling when my parents took me to New York and I was able to go out with my father and explore the city. Travel can almost be called my past time...

    Tags: Asia
  • When my dad approached my brother and me about a two-week road trip to Oregon -- in an R.V., with my grandparents tagging along -- I wasn't too keen on the idea. '"e'll kill each other," was my initial reaction. My brother wholeheartedly agreed, and even my dad shrugged in acknowledgment. Still,...

  • After moving to Colorado from California the summer before my freshman year of high school, I thought I had seen it all. At that age, a move to another state can feel like you’re moving to another country. My over-reacting, dramatic teenager abilities kicked in on the one-thousand mile life change...

    Tags: Europe
  • Something about the atmosphere of the place. With the off-white cement walls instead of the familiar red bricks from home. The green shutters complimenting the abundance of flowers. The subtle smell of lavender and mint. Just a hint that causes me to jerk my head in search for more. And suddenly I’...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • If you read my title, you will know that my most significant trip was my trip to India at 13 years old, so many events happened on this trip that I couldn’t use one single word to describe it. It was a proverbial smoothie of smells, sights, and sounds and I was the blender. I have to admit, at...

    Tags: Asia
  • Of all my memories, that of my sister and I driving across the country together is one I’ll never forget. I’d love to say that it was because of the beautiful and majestic landscapes across which we traversed, but mostly it was because of the scary, enlightening, and hilarious stories that we...

  • The delicately carved stone bodies posing above the Grand Central Station entrance was the first New York scene I laid eyes on. Suitcases still in hand, I was already in awe of the trip that had barely begun...I am a 16-year-old girl from Wisconsin craving to see the world. My mom and I have been...

  •                 It was a beautiful summer morning. I was half asleep with my eyes wilted beneath my glasses. My mom kept nudging me along to get my luggage into the car. We were on our way to Washington D.C., the capitol of our glorious country. Although I looked like a zombie on the outside (I’m...

  • Each summer, my family and I travel to Serbia to visit our relatives in Belgrade and Leskovac, the former a vibrant capital city and the latter a charming town rooted in tradition. We take the opportunity of spending time abroad to experience a new culture as well. The summer of 2008, we realized...

    Tags: Europe

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