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Every few years, my family packs the car and we head to my grandmother’s house for the holidays. My grandmother lives in a small farm community just west of Chicago, called Somonauk, Illinois. Most years we gather with other aunts, uncles and cousins that also make the trip from their homes in...Tags:
The infamous peace sign; jam-packed trains with hardly enough room to scratch one’s nose; three-hundred-pound men in diapers slamming against each other; school girls in stylish uniforms. All of these stereotypes I once thought to be an exaggeration became a reality during my six-week summer home-...Tags:
Ever since I can remember, I have been traveling. I have lived in numerous places thanks to my dad’s job and I even got to live in Germany for four years. Even though I had the privilege of traveling in Europe, there was one place that was always in the back of my mind. Lucky for me, opportunity to...Tags:
Sandy, white beaches. Wind blowing through the palm trees. Blazing hot sunshine. All common attributes of any place in the state of Florida where I live. Last summer, before my junior year, I went on a vacation to a new place that I’d never heard of until two weeks before; I was going to Captiva...Tags:
Breath-taking cathedrals, rich culture and exquisite cuisine-all are elements of trademark Spain. From April 4-11, 42 Westhampton Beach students and eight chaperones got to experience these elements for themselves in a school sponsored event. Guided by Natasha Mascarenhas, group members observed...Tags:
Hearts beating fast, pounding in our chests as if trying to escape, feet longing for a break from the torturous trek up what seemed to be an endless trail of steep, rocky ramps weaving through the old stone fort, we arrive at the seemingly skyscraping top. Panting, we come to a...Tags:
I have never been to Europe, Africa, Asia or any other country besides the United States. These foreign places would spark instant attention for a travel story. The vacation destinations in the United States are seemingly unoriginal and already heavily populated. Who wants to hear about a...Tags:
A trip to a foreign land never fails to leave everlasting footprints along the shores of your memories. New experiences and encounters with foreign cultures embed themselves in your memories and, without your knowledge, they begin to shape who you are and how you act for the rest of your life. A...Tags:
In Washington D.C., the last thing you would expect to see is 250 teenagers in blue corduroy jackets. Being one of nine students who attended the Washington Leadership Conference through my summer of junior year. After waiting two hours in the Denver airport, we were finally on the plane and on our...Tags:
Traveling is my favorite thing in the world, and my favorite place in the world is Kenai, Alaska. It's breathtakingly gorgeous, and seems to become a world of its own. The town breaths with life, swaying and changing with the ever present cool mountain breeze. The greenery exudes the fresh scent of...