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  • Waking up three teenagers is never easy, especially when the reasoning behind it is to visit a beach. Beaches are nice don’t get me wrong. But being at a beach with your family when you’re 16 is by no means the most enjoyable experience.  My father woke us up at four o’clock, a dreadful hour when...

  • “Pura vida!” (Pure life) “YOLO!” (You Only Live Once) These were our mottos throughout our adventures in Costa Rica the summer of my junior year.  They describe and represent a myriad of memories which continue to resonate with me.  The mind-set encapsulated throughout our mottos and adventures...

  • Driving 90 kilometers an hour on the wrong side of the road, the world was passing by me in a rapid blur of green. I felt like an outsider, viewing the world from the air-conditioned comforts of the black car. We were visiting my father’s hometown, Ning Xiang. The car bumped along the gravel-paved...

    Tags: Asia
  • Tolerance is a word that first entered my vocabulary in the seventh grade, but I had no personal definition until my 2009 summer visit to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This trip incorporated a mass of events. Some of the highlights included our participating in a day of racial reconciliation, partaking in...

  • As I walked into the house, the first things I noticed were the sound of the radio blaring and the sight of baby chicks wandering around the cement floor. A frail woman, seated in a plastic lawn chair, greeted us kindly, welcoming us to her modest home. I looked around the room we were standing in...

  • I knew I was in for an adventure when I pulled back the shower curtain in my hotel and discovered a small lizard, of at least 8 centimeters, with translucent skin and red eyes, scurrying up the walls. The run-down streets of Puerto Limón, Costa Rica are not exactly inviting; the 103º F heat and...

  • Once a year in Perpignan, an otherwise tranquil city in the south of France, the quiet September air erupts with the sound of thousands of footsteps, rolling suitcases, and blinking camera shutters. This is the world’s largest photojournalism festival: VISA pour l’Image 2009.  Thousands of...

    Tags: Europe, France
  •      “Mom, can I go? It’s a lot of money but it will be the trip of a lifetime.” That was my plea to convince my mother to let me go to Spain with a few other kids from the Spanish club at my high school. I love Spanish class and I love to travel but I never imagined the amazing experience that I...

    Tags: Europe
  •           Next station, Tower Hill; please remember to mind the gap and keep all belongings... I was startled awake by the sound of a British woman on the intercom of the London underground. I was surrounded by sleepy Girl Scout faces. We were on our way to the Tower Bridge in London and had just...

  • Staring at the spires of St. Louis Cathedral I hear a jazz band playing and smell the sugary sweet smell of pralines from a street vendor. It is a perfect New Orleans moment! Across from the cathedral we climb to the overlook and I see the Mississippi River for the first time. It is flat and muddy...

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