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  • Summer Vacations can be full of fun; exciting experiences. For many reasons people look forward to the summer. School’s closed, the weather’s amazing and the beaches are booming with people craving sun tans and the cool water. Some people prefer to stay in their home town and spend time with close...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My family had been planning a vacation to the East Coast for over a year. On August 24th, 2010, seven of us left for a two-week road trip, crammed into a ten-passenger van. We spent most of the time in the states of New Hampshire and Maine. After seeing everything we wanted to in New Hampshire, we...

  • Upon choosing a college for Fall 2009 to apply to, I knew that I wanted to get into an art school.  I have a love for theater and a passion for the stage.  I applied to Columbia College Chicago, and was accepted.  Before coming here for Orientation on June 30, I had never been to Chicago, IL.  I...

  • I’m in love with two New York’s.There’s New York City, where everything seems bigger, bolder, tastier and more alive. When I look out a window in NYC, it feels like life is moving by at the speed of light. And when I lie in bed, the rhythms of the city lull me to sleep. A siren here and a taxi horn...

  • A salty wind fluttered around my nose, hastily, playfully, as if it were racing the waves underneath the “vaporetto” bus-boat I was standing on. It cooled me off from the hot Italian summer sun as I admired the slowly changing scenery. Palaces, hundreds of years old, ascended out of the rolling...

    Tags: Europe
  • “Guys, guess what? We are going to Israel!  Yes, you heard it right, Israel!”  Those were my mother’s first words at the beginning of February of 2011, and she would not stop repeating them. When I first heard Israel, I thought I misunderstood my mom and that she was going crazy, but I was so wrong...

  • Last summer, my grandparents took my two siblings, my older cousin and I on to Europe, starting with the quintessential visit to London, and ending with a week-long tour of Ireland. My grandparents both have Irish blood, and have both visited Ireland before. This trip was their way of passing on...

  • Getting the chance to travel the world is a pretty rare one, so two years ago, when my sister and I got the opportunity to travel across the entire continent of Europe, we readily took it.  Although my parents were unable to join us for the trip, as it was a school sponsored one, our older...

  • Smiling at the flight attendant as she glanced at my passport and directed me to my seat, I thought about the week ahead and the experiences I was about to have. Glancing at my watch, I realized that I hadn’t eaten since six the night before. While my mind wondered to the uncertainty of the days...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My bedroom walls are plastered with pictures of castles, one of my few surviving childhood obsessions.  As a child I would spend hours researching those majestic fortresses on the internet and dreaming of the day when I would walk through one. In June 2010 my family embarked on a Royal...

    Tags: Africa, Europe, Italy

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