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  •             The morning of June 30, 2008 found me approximately four thousand miles from home. Suddenly, I remembered. I was in Neunkirchen, Germany, visiting one of my best friends! I had been looking forward to this for months. Finally, I was here.               A few hours later Miriam and I...

    Tags: Europe
  • Yeah, sure I'm in IB Biology and my mom is a conservation biologist, but I'm not quite the rainforest type. As a seventeen year old, I prefer our nocturnal sleeping schedules as opposed to the early jungle one. And it's hard to fathom a place with limited electricity and a short hot water supply....

  •             “Virginia is for Lovers” as so many tourists illustrate each year. As a resident of the Tidewater region in Virginia, I have grown accustomed to the many out of state license plates. History buffs come for the historical triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown. Thrill...

  • I always found myself falling asleep in history class. Some lessons couldn’t hold my interest. Even when I visited places filled with history, I found myself extremely bored. Summer of 2012 changed my view of history forever.While planning for our summer adventure, my mom decided at the last minute...

  •   Spontaneous, random, and eventful are all words that could be used to describe my family. Knowing this I should have anticipated a wild ride when friends said we should attend a seminar in Houston. We turned a 14-hour drive into a three day excursion. Our journey took us into caves, Death Valley...

  • Home. It's usually not the first thing you think of when you see a 30 foot RV. But that's what it had to become for me. After selling our house 2 months before school ended, we were forced to make a home out of this RV. After school ended, we left to go on this epic journey that we planned months...

  •   Recently, my family and I took a trip to New York City. This was not our first visit to New York City. In fact, it was our eighth. The first few trips were focused on seeing the sights: the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the Empire State Building. The most recent trips have been focused on...

  • The jeep barreled through the winding mountain path on its way to the top of the mountain. To those of us inside, which included my great aunt, mother, brother, and me, it felt as though we were riding on a roller coaster. As we swayed from side to side, my mother worried that we would be thrown...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • My junior year in high school was shaped and defined by my three-month spring trip to the great countries of Europe with my family. The experience was so overwhelmingly worth the social sacrifices necessary that I constantly find myself wishing to go back. We spent the majority of our time at our “...

    Tags: Europe
  • When Madame Lelong and her son, Baptiste, picked me up at the Eurail station in Valence, I noticed their surprise at the two oversized suitcases I had in tow. Ah, a typical American! I was worried I, an almost fifteen year old girl vacationing for a month in France without her parents,  had made...

    Tags: Europe, France

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