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  • “Mai, sip-jet bee,” I corrected. The extent of my knowledge of the Thai language only reached numbers and a few incorrectly pronounced words. However, I could still understand that the lady on the train guessed I was thirteen years old. It was a mistake I had gotten accustomed to, but I was...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • Anything beats the plague of Summer Boredom that seems to fall over the homes and spirits of almost every High School kid in the nation this time of year.  When the topic of conversation around the house is, “What do you wanna do?”, and when I dream about taking a nap so that I’m not so bored,...

  • I had imagined it so clearly. Each evening, my Montpelier family would all sit around a table outside on a terrace. The table would be set with the first course -- “ cantaloupe with ham, a tomato and mozzarella salad, or maybe even some French bread with fois gras. We would sit out there and chat...

    Tags: Europe
  • My name is Alyah Kanso, I am currently 15 years old and I love to travel. Last year I had the amazing and wonderful opportunity to travel to Italy. Not only did my family, my friends, and I get to visit some of the most famous monuments, we had the chance to sing for the Pope. We stayed at many...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  •   Growing up in Charleston South Carolina, I have always felt a strong sense of community. One would think that this is because it is my hometown, but I have grown to learn that it is our lively culture that binds us together.  While Charleston may be smaller in size, it makes up for it with...

  •     Every year for the past eight years, my family has taken a road trip to Boulder, Colorado.  This year was no different but was fun and special.  We left on August third and drove from Riverside to Kolob Canyon.  Kolob Canyon is a small part of Zion National Park.  We took a small hike where we...

  • When my girlfriend and I went to visit her family in Poland, we traveled to many different places but the one in particular I enjoyed the most was Sopot. Instead of driving there by car, we got bus tickets, jumped on the bus, and shortly we arrived at our destination. The time we spent in Sopot,...

    Tags: Europe
  • In our first trek into the third world my family left for Costa Rica during the winter of 2010. What I had envisioned to be a tropical paradise with expansive sailboat harbors and multi-million dollar beachfront homes much like the Cayman Islands was disproved by our five hour drive from the...

  • “I need two cheeseburgers plain and a kielbasa loaded,” I shout to the grill man. Two steps to the soda machine. Slide a cup off the stack, Diet Coke, wait for the bubbles to fizzle down, pop a lid on top, poke a straw in it. Count it out. Cheeseburgers, $13.00, kielbasa, $7.25 plus sauerkraut for...

  • Stevens Institute of Technology, a name that once caused my heart to beat furiously as soon as it was spoken. However, the name itself was not what frightened me, it was the idea that I would have to live and interact with seventy one complete strangers for the next twelve days.  You see, I was...

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