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  •       Currently, Mexico is infamous for its various drug cartels and rebel intrusions, rather than its exotic and sensational landscape. But fortunately, my parents where willing to take the chance to disregard all the cautionary advice from the news media and family members and set our summer...

  • It is May 2009 and the world is watching Mexico deal with the beginnings of the Swine Flu epidemic.  We were scheduled to depart for our Central American adventure on the last day of May.  Little did we know that our flight out of Austin would be the last flight to Mexico for a doomed Mexican...

  •   About two years ago, my family and I went on my very first camping trip in California. Not only was this camping experience an outstanding adventure, it was also a trip that provided me with an acceptable amount of knowledge on general survival skills. We reached our camp site at 2 a.m and...

  • “All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries he may learn to improve his own and if fortune carries him to worse he may learn to enjoy it” Samuel Johnson  No electricity, no plumbing, no purified water, a scarcity of food, no family to depend on; these were the...

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  • I sat ominously in a place way across the waters from my luminous Florida home. I sulked around in a house, that was always cold at night, and the weather conditions outside the doors were always murky and depressing.  The sun was also miserable, it would slink off at 3:00 in the afternoon, letting...

    Tags: Europe
  •  At the time my parents got divorced, I was a freshman in high school in Iowa. My mother decided to take me to Las Vegas, Nevada and start a new life away from my father. My mother and I packed up all of our belongings and stored it in a moving truck and started our journey down to the southwest....

  • I spent my summer wearing wet socks and scrambling up steep rock faces. My days were a mixture of hiking and shoveling vast amounts of dirt, and my nights were spent drinking hot chocolate around a campfire. My summer was dirty, smelly, and full of hard work, but I wouldn’t have had it any other...

  •     Two large inquisitive eyes study me in a very strange and somewhat alien terrain. The gelatinous body changes into a quick shade of red and quickly shoots away out of sight into the deep blue. My first encounter with one of the many denizens of reef in the Cayman Islands was a very curious...

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