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  • Lunch in Diocletian’s Palace             The triple digit degree heat was barely noticeable over the faint sound of acapella in the distance.  My mother, aunt, and I wandered through Split, Croatia, searching for a place to eat lunch.  Winding our way through the twists and turns of the stony paths...

    Tags: Europe
  • Nothing in the world could have prepared me for the Icelandic locker rooms.Swimming in a geothermal pool is a popular activity for Iceland's visitors.  Most tourists head straight for the Blue Lagoon, but not my family.  As we drove to Laugardalslaug, one of Reykjavik’s community thermal pools, my...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Chaos had flooded the already poor, small island country of Haiti, and they needed (as they do now) America’s help. At age 15, I went to Haiti naïve and ready to do “a good deed” but came back with a broken heart for not only the people I spent one week with, but for every person like them. On my...

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    Tags: Africa
  • We left the hustle and bustle of a soaked Boston in mid-afternoon. The rainy day began to decline over the Charles River, yet the collegiate crew teams rowed endlessly on. The GPS, in a very uncomputerlike manner, took us on a meandering path across Massachusetts. Instead of taking us along the...

  • I have had many traveling experiences with my mother. There is one trip, however, that has birthed many great memories and given me a very well rounded perspective on other cultures and things outside of my own living environment. The trip that stands out the most is Mount Rushmore. It was August...

  • My eight grade year was the year i awaited for so long. I would be so close to leave middle school, one step closer to the school that everyone looked forward to, High School. Every eight grader looked forward to an eight grade trip we took toward the end of the year to the East Coast. It was a...

  • Applying the preceding December, I was selected to attend the 2009 US Naval Academy Summer Seminar in Annapolis (http://www.usna.edu/Admissions/nass.htm). It was an amazing week! I met over 2,250 students from around the world. We stayed at Bancroft Hall, the largest dormitory in the world and the...

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    Tags: Caribbean
  •               The most thrilling thing I did during the summer of 2008 (and probably during my lifetime) was to tour Western Europe for twenty-five days with Explorica Student Tours. This experience with my peers, who at the time were all strangers to me, changed my outlook on meeting new people,...

    Tags: Europe

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