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  • When I stepped through the automatic doors of the airport in Lisbon, (or Lisboa, pronounced Leesh-boa, to the locals!) I knew that a trip of a lifetime was about to begin. I had arrived in Portugal with a group of students from my school, and our history teacher/chaperone. We were going on a 12...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • Everyone was so excited. Luggage checks were carried out. Tags inserted. Goodbyes expressed. Busses boarded. Off we went to Newark Airport. No one had ever heard of Slovenia, so when people would ask us where we were going, most would say Italy because it was a more familiar place. Around noon, the...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Sub-freezing temperatures, 40 mile winds, rain, and bears.  Sounds like a fun family vacation?  Well, I had to deal with all of that and more on my first ever overnight hike and I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. Two summers ago, me, my father, and my uncle embarked on our first journey...

  • Rome, Paris, Fiji are probable names to think of when someone says travel. They are places for the few lucky people to escape from ordinary lives, no problems, no doubts, just happy families on vacations. Some people learn new languages or about a mysterious culture during their getaways. Then...

  • In the summer of 2005, a friend of mine came home from Costa Rica. She told me many stories, and it seemed every moment had been extraordinary. She told me, 'The group I went with is taking a trip next year to Lima, Peru. You should go!' After lots of deliberating with my parents, I was finally...

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  •   Over the spring break of my sophomore year of high school, I had the privilege of being able to go on a trip through Europe with my school. We visited France, Germany, Switzerland, and Lichtenstein. The trip as a whole was a new experience being my first time out of the country, and...

    Tags: Europe
  • March 23, 2011 I'm not sure how to cleverly start this, so I just have to begin with the basic fact that I am currently on a speed train going through the French countryside. I've just spent two wonderful and wonderfully exhausting days in Paris, and after a night stop in Perpignan, we will...

  • My friend Sam and I spent an awesome two days at Okemo Mountain in Vermont. The five-hour drive from New York City isn't that bad, especially when broken up by a stop at a drive-thru Burger King somewhere in Massachusetts. We stayed at Jackson Gore, Okemo's newest base camp/mountain. There are...

  • I looked out across the sleek modern buildings, the crowded park with throngs of children and joggers, the beautiful light blue mirror of the Mediterranean now fiery in the sunset... and started to cry. I wasn't supposed to be welling up.  I was on a seven-week exchange program to Spain, my first...

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