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  • There's no way around it. I'm a math nerd. It was the night before my first trip out of the United States, to the distant land of Egypt.  I was soon to discover a realm of striking poverty, ancient architecture, and a twisted grasp of time, but since I hadn't left Seattle, I was primarily concerned...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • Mexico has gotten a bad reputation lately.  Every week Americans hear about atrocities committed by the drug cartels.  Yet, when I went on a cruise with my family to Mexico over spring break this year, I saw none of that.  My cruise, the Carnival ship Elation, stopped at two spots, Progresso and...

  • In the summer of 2004 I had qualified for the U.S. National Track Field Junior Olympics in Eugene, Oregon for the 800m run. My family decided to have a road trip from Orange County, California to Oregon, instead of flying there. On the way we made several sightseeing stops. The Junior Olympics is...

  • The first thing everybody said to me upon hearing that I was going to New York City was, “Don’t get mugged!” Coming from a “map-dot” town in South Carolina, I was apprehensive about my first trip to the Big Apple, and comments like this did not help. But when we arrived in New York, my first...

  • On July 2, 2007, my mom, brother, and I moved up here. My dad had some military stuff to take care of so he did not come up when we did. We came up in a Mustang. We had the trunk full of bags and suitcases. In the back seat with me, there was a cat kennel and a cat litter box so it was pretty...

  • Skiing is one of my favorite things in the world, though it is sometimes repetitive.  The cold weather, high altitude, and radical snowboarders sometimes get to you.  Therefore, for years I have been begging my parents for a tropical vacation free of snow machines and ski lodge food.  Finally, this...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •    Who ever knew that after a tragedy can come something so incredible that can leave people speechless?My family and I experienced that 3 years ago, but we remember it like it was yesterday. This experience was a gift to us from two orgazinations called "Make a Wish" foundation and "Give Kids...

  • Four years ago, my mother took my friend and me to Six Flags America in Maryland. It was the year I decided to brave Superman: Ride of Steel, the tallest, most imposing roller coaster in the park. Rising twenty stories high at its peak, the Superman was clearly visible from the parking lot. It...

  • Growing up with Nigerian parents and listening to them talk about their "home" all the time, I always wondered what it was like in Nigeria. Was is really that hot? Was it like America? Does my dad really have 24 brothers and sisters? I always wondered as a little girl, and dreamed or re-visiting...

    Tags: Africa, Heritage
  •      After several hours of researching cruise lines, I decided on a four day cruise through the Western Caribbean. The thought of a cruise sparked excitement through me. Many of my friends had taken cruises before, and now it was my turn to experience the luxury that cruises boast about. It was my...

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