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Okay, so the title is a little cheesy, but it accurately describes my family’s latest vacation. I am a senior in high school, and have been planning my college career prior to even entering my secondary one. I know the course like the back of my hand: research, statistics, rankings, applications,...
The summer of 2011, I traveled to Peru in South America. The morning of the departure, it was hot and humid and yet I was headed to Lima, Peru on the first day. I had three things on my mind: whether I would arrive on time, how to adjust to the culture, and how to handle myself being without my...Tags:
Leather seats with oversized pillows, hostess serving chicken and apple juice, 39,000 feet above civilization, clouds overshadowing the wings, front-row views of sunsets. That was everything my trip was not. No leather seats. No first class. My family makes it their duty to visit at least one...Tags:
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...Tags:
Eight weeks before one of my dreams actually became reality, I found out we were leaving to the country where half of the blood running through my veins belongs; Ecuador. The images and words could have been seen coming out of my head because all the excitement I had was unbearable. The day I...Tags:
A Noisy Silence There I was sitting in the middle of a cloud forest on a mountain top in Honduras. Unlike the schools in the states, Insitituto El Rey had no walls or doors just a rusted tin roof to protect the students from the afternoon rains that were held up by rust bars. A small...Tags:
“Welcome home,” said the speaker at Independence Hall in Tel Aviv. Even though we all had jet-lag from the twelve hour flight, those two words are probably the most memorable of our entire trip. We were twenty-four Jewish teens on a twenty-four day National Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) trip...Tags:
I'd never been across the sea before. A long while ago I went up to Alaska on a cruise, but even so, I never even left the U.S. except for a layover in Vancouver. I was, in a word, terrified. Leaving home was always tough for me, but knowing that I was to spend 10 hours aboard a plane flying over a...Tags:
It was a typical warm Hawaiian winter, when my parents surprised my sisters and I with tickets to an exotic place. Pakistan- the birthplace of my parents, the home of my grandparents, and the land of my countless cousins. Being born on the Big Island of Hawaii, I was unsure of what to...Tags:
At 17 years old, I believe myself to be very globally conscious-I desire to make a difference in the world, primarily through creating a system that will help those in poverty live in harmony with the environment while also trying to work with political heads and create economy and...Tags: