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New Braunfels, Texas is a relative vacation spot for many people seeking to escape reality for a day, a weekend, or maybe even longer. Quite a few people refer to this town as a tourist town because throughout the year, people from all over the country and all over the world flock here to...Tags:
Brain Confusion Being fully immersed in a language that is unknown to one’s mind sounds a lot easier than it is. As I spent a whole summer in Germany, I was terrified by how difficult it was to listen to a foreign language 24/7. The experience was perhaps the most confusing and incredible...Tags:
In my family, a relaxing vacation is a ridiculous idea. My dad has always been an restless spirit, valuing experiences more than things. As a result, my family does not drive fancy cars or live in a huge house, but I am far more traveled and have a much better grasp of geography and...Tags:
Visiting Alaska seemed like an expedition to the North Pole, so I was relieved that we were ‘cruising there.’ Surprisingly, there was no need to stay warm below deck because so much sunshine came through the portholes. I closed my eyes and I felt the warmth of the sun. I opened them and saw...Tags:
It was Beijing and nearly Christmas. I remember because my body was numb all over with the cold as I desperately searched for some place warm. People walking down the street hardly seemed to mind with their light jackets. But they were used to it, I suppose. It was the people, the real Beijing that...Tags:
Preserved among 11th century churches and lush landscaping, is the opportunity to experience a refreshing perspective on life, where scholars say life began: the ancient villages of Armenia. It was where I learned that anything of value is that which never runs out when it is shared. Serving as...Tags:
Several Christmases ago my family and I took a trip down to Florida to visit my Grandma Betty and Grandpa Steve. On the way down my Mom managed to convince my Dad to take a side trip to Washington DC for educational purposes. Unfortunately for us this just happened to be around four thirty, right...Tags:
It was dusk when we arrived at the NÃ¼rnberg airport so we went straight to the Ritter St. Georg GÃ¤stehaus in Erlangen, Germany. In the morning I was greeted with a cheery “guten morgen” and a steamy loaf of fresh baked bread and a selection of meats and cheeses fit for a king. For some reason I...Tags:
"Chiquitones!" my little aunt screams at twenty year old boys with tight shirts and nice trucks. We are at Huatabampito, Sonora, and the only reason people come down here is to have a good time, and they mean it. On days like this one it seems like the whole city, maybe the whole world, is...Tags:
I think my mom was a little worried when I left Norway to go to Jordan for a week. She knew that I would visit a conference for three days and then live with my friend Hashem’s family for five more days, but I do understand her worry. What us Norwegians know about the Middle East we either learn...Tags: