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  •             When one thinks of awe-inspiring, inconceivably beautiful vacation destinations, places such as New Zealand, Bora Bora, or France often come to mind. There are so many fascinating places to visit that people often overlook the beauty closest to them. This happened to me in a recent...

  •        Valencia, Spain, thousands of miles away from my home and speaking an entirely different language this past summer, I had the experience of a lifetime.  After a test and application process with the Indiana University Honors Foreign Language Program to study Spanish in Spain, I was selected...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • If you begin traveling on a road in Athens towards the direction of Patras, you will soon find yourself in the small town of Glyfa, where the Ionian Village Summer Travel Camp is held. It may not look like much to an ordinary person, but to an alumnus of this camp, it is quite possibly the most...

    Tags: Europe
  •   As the “Brilliance of the Sea” left its port in Barcelona, Spain, I was excited to experience Italy, Greece, France, and Croatia, little did I know, I was going to see the rest of the world too.  As we arrived in Cannes, France, the next day, I was already missing home.  We had been in Spain...

    Tags: Europe
  • This year, for our annual family reunion, we traveled to Virginia Beach to meet our family that lives there.  The plan was for all of my dad's side of the family to meet. However, due to family feuding, it was just my dad and his brother’s families because my dad's sister and my grandpa had...

  • This summer, I had the privilege of going to Germany with my German class.  My German teacher, Frau Howard, organizes for her advanced students to go to Germany every other year to learn more about the language and the culture that they have been studying throughout our high school careers.     I...

    Tags: Europe
  • I never caught her name; nonetheless, I still wake up thinking about her.  Her pleading gaze haunts me. Although her beautiful eyes shone with hope, her momentary excitement was clouded by something deeper - pain.  For a fleeting moment I felt her agony; in that moment, I felt helpless to save...

  •   As a homeschooling family of nine, our family spends a lot of time together.  We are always doing things as a family--whether with school projects, reading together, playing games, or just hanging around the house eating cookies. One special love of our family is to travel. We've also been able...

  • “We have reached Hyderabad, India,” said the flight attendant, “We hope your stay here is enjoyable.” India had always been a paradox to me. I was born there yet I did not feel a connection to the place. I was raised in a western world by parents deeply entrenched in the Indian culture. This...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • I had been wading in a pool of egocentric sorrow since my arrival in Mexico for our family vacation with a newly broken leg. Trying to divert my pain, I took advantage of the offer to visit a local orphanage in Acapulco. Seeing the children’s large brown eyes peering up at me, and the two girls who...

    Tags: Caribbean

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