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  •   In my mind, I pictured groomed, pristine streets overflowing with fashion-conscious, fast-walking citizens.  I’d been to cities before, I knew what to expect—but the moment our cab arose from the tunnel into sunny Manhattan, I was practically in shock.  The portrayals I’d seen on television...

  • In August of 2010 I travelled to Germany for a duration of five months. For four weeks I stayed in a comprehensive language camp in Hedersleben, a small village in Saxony-Anhalt. This month-long school camp was the closest I came to a true "vacation" but I consider it to have been the best part...

  •  One of the more terrifying experiences one may encounter while traveling, is watching it fall apart around your feet. Surrounded by a group of students who speak just as much French as I do, (which consists of a select few phrases) an angry British tour guide, and a seemingly lost English teacher...

    Tags: Europe
  •   “Can you speak Turkish?” This is the typical question I am asked when someone finds out I am Turkish. The positive response I give always shocks the person asking and prompts them to beg me to say a few words. To be able to speak two languages fluently is some of the most valuable knowledge I...

    Tags: Europe
  • As I was growing up in rural and suburban Western New York, New York City seemed to be a symbol of the things that were largely inaccessible to me in the small town where I lived – diversity, culture, and freedom. During the Spring of my junior year, I finally got the chance to see it for myself...

  • Nature and the great outdoors go fairly unnoticed by much of society. It is the underdog of today's entertainment. Exploring our world offers us all an exciting and thrilling adventure. To take advantage of this adventure is something that every person should experience at least once in their life...

  • On October of 2010, my parents told my sister and me that we are going back to El Salvador during the Spring Break of April 2011 after 12 years. The last time I have been to El Salvador was when I was only 4 years old, meaning that I don’t remember a lot since then. I never knew my mom’s side of...

  • Born and raised in Vermont, I have experienced the splendor of the Green Mountain’s five seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter and mud.  Whether the trees are covered in piercing green leaves teasing summer to come or lightly covered with the most recent shimmery, white snow fall, there is always...

    Tags: USA, Vermont
  • I am most comfortable when I am lost. Deliberately getting lost fuels my drive for discovery. Therefore, Boston, a beautiful historical city on the East Coast, was a perfect place to give myself a sweet adventure this summer. The primary reason that I went to Boston was the summer program at...

  • The summer after my sophomore year in high school I went on a family vacation to Maui. I had heard so many wonderful stories about Hawaii that I had no doubt my vacation would be just as memorable. My family spent hours packing for the trip and we could hardly contain our excitement. We arrived at...

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