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      About two years ago, my family and I went on my very first camping trip in California. Not only was this camping experience an outstanding adventure, it was also a trip that provided me with an acceptable amount of knowledge on general survival skills. We reached our camp site at 2 a.m and...

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         It’s six o’clock in the morning, but really it’s eight o’clock at night. It’s a strange limbo between twilight and sunrise.  It’s the confusion that travelers experience when waking up thousands of miles, many time zones away, from home. I’m sitting in the comfortable gray light, scribbling in...

    Tags: Asia
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      You see I've always gone to Phoenix, AZ since I was twelve years old, but this time it was different. My aunts live in Phoenix until one recently moved to Buckeye; ever since I was young I would travel by bus with my mom and older sister to visit them until this past New Years. My sister was...

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    You fit into me / like a hook into an eye / a fish hook / an open eyeYou Fit Into Me, Margaret Atwood Cultural immersion, the anthem of this year, played itself boldly across glossy welcome packets and brochures. Terms like “global citizen” and “language mastery” beckoned to curious...

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           For nearly a year and a half I had dreamt of towering cathedrals, colorful canals, murals that spanned not just one wall but three, a little blue house, and pyramids. More than anything, the pyramids. I dreamt of Mexico City. A strange dream on most accounts, for anyone who reads the...

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     "Bonjour, Sabrina!" exclaimed Chole, my youngest host sister. My eyes fluttered open and I immediately put all my concentration into paying attention to every syllable that came out Chole's mouth. She was the only person in the house I could speak fluently with. I asked Chole if she was hungry, as...

    Tags: Europe
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    Every January my school has a two week intersession class. Everyone picks one class or commits to a school trip, usually done through a travel agency and set up by a teacher or two. At the beginning of my junior year at High Tech High I decided that I was going to set up my own independent...

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    Heaven on Earth: Vrindavan India        This year I spent a two month vacation in India.  I went in the beginning of February, and came back near the end of March. It was my fourth trip there, and as always it was extremely fun and interesting. Furthermore, India and its culture are important...

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    Graffiti covered every wall; abandoned children roamed every street, and trash littered every foot of earth. I had traveled only two hours away from home and yet everything felt so different; I had reached Tijuana. My mission here was to build a house, help an orphanage, bathe kids, and utilize the...

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