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  • This June, I traveled with my family through Italy and Spain. We like to absorb the culture of the places we go rather than traveling to tourist destinations, so instead of hotels, we rented apartments through Feel Barcelona and Home Away. We’ve rented apartments before in New York and Chicago,...

    Tags: Europe
  • My trip involved a group tour of Greece, Italy and France.  It started at 13 Coins, a restaurant across from the Seattle airport. They serve my favorite dinner –chicken parmesan.  As it was about 3 in the morning and I had to get used to a 10-hour time difference, we called it dinner.   At the...

  • Travelling to various countries can impact a person in numerous ways. Not only does it open one’s eyes to other cultures, but it can cause one to contemplate their gratitude of their own nation. For me, travelling to Africa accomplished just that. Instead of the stereotypical “tribal” Africa many...

    Tags: Africa
  • I came out to myself during college. I never accepted my sexuality prior and this drove me to the point of madness. I desired to know and understand who I was as a gay and I knew that the only place where I can find that—in a tangible and visible form—was San Francisco. Castro, to be exact. There...

    Tags: Soul Search, USA
  •     One of my most memorable and personal travel experiences was this past summer when my youth group from church and I went on a mission trip to Nashville, Tennessee from July 2009. While we were there we did a lot of things we wouldn’t normally do in our day-to-day lives. We stepped out of our...

  • It was mid-July, 2006. Israel enters a war with Lebanon. Unfortunately for me, I was in Israel at the time. Many times during our trip we were relocated to different places at night so that we were not in harms way. Four of the hotels and hostels we stayed at were hit with kaytusha rockets within a...

    Tags: Africa
  •     In the summer of 2011, my brother and I traveled with two friends to Bermuda.  Since we have family there, we visit every summer, but decided to bring a couple friends that year.  Where we stay normally varies, however, this specific year we stayed on our uncle's island, Zeta Island.  Staying...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The city of love! The city of lights! Baguettes for breakfast, snails as a snack and cheese galore! Wine all the time, cigarettes all around, and berets abound! Sadly, this wildly stereotypical depiction of Paris, France was approximately what I had in mind when I first learned I was to visit this...

  • Ever since I can remember, I've always been taught to give thanks for everything I have such as food, clean water and my home because there are so many unfortunate people out there without these essentials. As a young girl I was very ignorant; not in a negative way but through my lack of...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Traveling to a new place where you have no inkling of the lifestyle that the people live, gives anyone a sense of excitement and an urge to learn more about that place. In 2008, I had the wonderful experience of traveling to the islands of Tahiti with my Polynesian dance group that I perform with....

    Tags: Pacific

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