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  • I arrived in Japan on February 10, 2011.  I spent fourteen hour on a plane, had a three hour layover at Narita International Airport, and another three hours on a plane to Okinawa, but my excitement and anxiety about being in Japan overpowered all feelings of exhaustion.  This was my second trip...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • Networking is a key asset in the world of business. Making connections with people is essential to do well in business. My father, being a doorman at a hotel, networks constantly. Recently my father made a connection to Bill Walton, a famous basketball player that played for the Los Angeles Lakers...

  • Around a flickering flame, four young boys lounge leisurely poking the inferno before them with sticks. Cheerily conversing, a few adventurous ones draw the smoldering sticks close to their faces. Baking in the coals, the evening’s meal of baked potatoes gradually cooks. When I remember scenes—like...

  •   A Wonder of the World When my parents told me last August that we’d be going to see Niagara Falls, I wasn’t too thrilled. In my mind, looking at a waterfall didn’t sound too interesting. Could driving all the way to Canada from North Carolina be worth just looking? We set...

  • The eighteen flights of precipitous, stone steps soar upwards, a 5000-foot ladder into the clouds. On overcast days the effect is eerie: just yards ahead, the path is hidden in swirling mist. There is the burbling of streams, the shade of aged junipers, the sweet, damp air tinged with incense from...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • I had only one real goal as I embarked on my trip to Costa Rica- to have fun. And I was pretty confident that I knew what to expect. The trip was with my Spanish class and my mom, the Spanish teacher, had gone many times before. Each time she had returned with souvenirs, leftover excitement, photos...

  • I have always been intrigued by my dad’s homeland. Nestled in between Costa Rica and Colombia, Panamá is a tropical country filled with rainforests, exotic animals, and thousands of Panamanians proud of their country.  But while Panamá is a culturally rich land, many Panamanian citizens live...

  • In late July of 2009, my family decided it would be a great experience if we went on vacation to Punta Cana, in the Dominican Republic.  We had been hearing non-stop from a countless number of people who had gone there that it was one of the greatest vacations they had experienced.  So on July 24...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The title  "Costa Rica: It never happened!"captues the cultivating experience that I had in La Cruz, Costa Rica. One of the girls in my group often quoted "It never happened!" to something amazing that we experience, but had no words to describe it. My trip to Costa Rica did in fact happen, but...

  • You cannot put Knoxville, Tennessee into a neat, little box and slap a bow on it. It just won’t fit. It’s tasty. It’s musical. It’s cultural. Something that special doesn’t conform into one category. That’s why Knoxville is so great year-round. QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING...

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