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  • I have been lucky enough in my young life to have traveled to many different places in the world. However, no vacation has been more memorable for me than the trip my parents were supposed to take to Europe to get on a cruise. Just when our plane was about to leave from Pittsburgh to New York, we...

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  • On June 23th 2011, I, Daniel Reid, along with my cousin, Christian Gomez, rode from one corner of Brooklyn all the way across to Manhattan on bicycle. My cousin and I had been riding pretty much every day since school ended, each day riding a longer path. The decision to go to Manhattan wasn’t as...

  • It was 5:00 am on Sunday, August 28, 2005 in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, when I was woken up by my parents and told that we had to leave the house immediately. I asked why. They told me to watch the weather channel.   I ran into the living room, and the weather channel was on. The projected path of...

  • A bird’s eye view of my first African morning depicted a group of twelve newly introduced American teenagers standing in a circle, kicking a soccer ball back and forth in an attempt to assimilate to each other.  We had just arrived to the rural village of Olokii with the intention of providing its...

  • For years, I wanted more than anything to visit New York City. I wanted to shop on 5th Avenue, stand on top of the Empire State Building, be transfixed by the lights of Times Square, and take in the magic of a Broadway musical. My dream became a reality on my sixteenth birthday. After surprising...

  • Family vacations never seem to go as planned. No matter how early we plan to leave, we always peel out two hours past the time scheduled. No matter how few rest stops we plan to take, every thirty minutes another person requires a toilet. As a family of five, each having their own needs, travel...

  •   ? "Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."  -Mother Theresa ?       “Lincoln Memorial is one mile away…. And you need to comeback in one hour do you really think you can make it?,” my counselor asked skeptically and disapprovingly. On the fourth of July,...

  • In May of 2007, my family endured a long, horrendous trip. It was hot, crowded, and uncomfortable. The trip was not planned, scheduled, or on any agenda whatsoever. It was a vacation that would start and end in a very crude fashion. It was a cool, late spring day in the heartland of America. Our...

  •   What’s weird about traveling, at least to me, is that wherever I go, it doesn’t feel like I’m away from home. Regardless of the difference in the language spoken or the food consumed or whatever it is, I truly feel comfortable and at home. I know, however, that I don’t have enough experiences to...

  • The imminently haunting clouds of an incoming storm juxtaposed with the crystalline waters of Lake Michigan caused me an internal connection to my surroundings. In this divine environment composed of Mother Nature’s songs of love and peace, an outside force intruded this serenity without...

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