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  •     On December 26th 2004, the Indian Ocean was hit by a 9.1 magnitude earthquake. While the quake generated a global tsunami that struck the coasts of many bordering landmasses, Indonesia was hit the hardest. In 2007, my family planned a trip to Bali, an island in Indonesia, where we were going...

    Tags: Pacific
  • Being Mexican-American comes with a great advantage. Here is the thing why it is so great; I get to travel to Mexico annually. I am one who is fascinated by culture, religion, language, you name it. In the dictionary it says, “trav-el: to go from one place to another, as by car, train, plane, or...

  •  Crowds bring out the worst in me. Actually, people in general bring out the worst in me … because I’m a control freak. Thus, my parents found it strange that I was on a quest to live in New York. In my mind, although I hadn’t yet been to New York, I knew I wanted to live there, and train in such...

  • Junior year of school was finally over and I couldn`t find enough words to express how happy I was. Not that I didn`t love going to school with all my friends, but I coudn`t wait for the summer vacation to start. As soon as the last school bell rang, I ran through the door, hopped on the train and...

    Tags: Europe
  •   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...

  • The moment I stepped out of the terminal of the Charles-de Gaulle airport, a great wave -- no, a tsunami - of unfamiliar words crashed upon me. It scattered my senses and left me floundering, my confidence dampened. I had stood contented on my little rock of knowledge of the French language. I...

  • “Ciao bambini! Hello Kids!” My Italian host, Beatrice; my roommate, Cindy; and I greeted the others as we arrived at the bus station ready to depart on a day trip to Venice. It started out as an easy phrase that the Italian students taught us on one of our first days with them and turned into...

  • Thumbs up or thumbs down? I stood inside the Colosseum. It was so great, yet so terrible. It was a house of death where the combatants saw their last moments. As I walked through each portico, I could almost hear the crowds shouting and smell the sweat and the blood coming off the arena. The...

    Tags: Europe, Italy, Rome
  • My family has always been the kind to go on the boring, educational type of vacations. When my friends would come home from Puerto Rico and the Bahamas with cornrows in their hair, I would be jealous because all I got out of my trips were museum brochures and achy feet. As I grew older though, I...

    Tags: Africa
  • Quarter Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship My trip to Washington D.C. My trip to Washington D.C. was very tremendous. In fact, I would like to thank the “Close-Up Program for New Americans” for the opportunity to visit Washington D.C. and to attend the Inauguration of the 44th...

    Tags: DC, North America, USA

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