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  • It was June, the dead of winter, but I wasn’t about to miss out on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity just because it was the off season. As an AFS exchange student in Argentina, I dreamed of heading south to see the penguins. First I had to take a bus to Buenos Aires (because I don’t think there...

  • Maneuvering and traveling the streets of Mumbai are extremely challenging tasks to accomplish. Imagine trying to evade the potholes, deranged auto-rickshaw drivers, and cows, all while carrying a gigantic stuffed animal. It is 105 degrees: scorching by my standards, making the 60 pound toy feels...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • I never dreamed I would visit China until my choir at Pioneer High School (Ann Arbor, MI) made it possible. After months of fundraising and preparation, our amazing journey began with a 14 hour flight to Shanghai. We visited the Jade Buddha Temple, capturing pictures of golden statues of protectors...

    Tags: Asia
  • My trip started out from good old Gaithersburg, Maryland. I expected a lot out to this trip because we would be stopping at major places and heading towards the west where I had never been. First we headed over to Chicago to gather the rest of our family which was my dad’s brother and family....

  • The sun lingers behind the foggy mountains. On an uneven hill and with makeshift goal posts, my companions and I showed the Nicaraguans how to play soccer. It was Los Blancos versus Los Colores. “OYEOYEOYEOYEOYE!” I shouted when my teammate Jessie scored the winning goal for Los Colores! It was...

  • For some the ultimate vacation is soaking up the sun, lying in the warm sand off of the shores of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For others a favorite vacation spot might be hitting the slopes in Vail, Colorado. For me, the best vacation was not spending the week at the top of a penthouse suite, but...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •  This summer of 2009, I went to Santa Monica, California, where I have had many experiences and learned valuable lessons. Each with a strong impact on my heart, body, soul and mind in which I can honestly say matured me as well. I went from a teenage girl to a woman in a matter of 3 months. It went...

  • You could say that my last vacation was created out of spur-of-the-moment-excitedness, and the availability of a great hotel room at a discounted price. It was located in a place that could be the picturesque epitome of a tropical getaway, and perfectly enough didn't include having to see...

  • As I carefully dragged my sleeping bag out from a pile of typical dusty, smelly closet debris at one o'clock in the morning, I tried to recall the last time I spent the night in a sleeping bag. As I generally avoid any sleeping arrangements that lack a comfortable bed, I figured that I most...

  •   You mean me? In London for 12 days? And it’ll be only Raenell and I?  Welcome To London The moment I stepped into London, it was like a whole new world with possibilities. First of all, what caught my attention were the cars. The cars continue traffic on the left side of the streets. Yes...

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