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  • Last December, 2009, we decided to take a trip to India. This was my first overseas trip, so I was super excited. I mean, I had been to Canada before, but that’s not really counted as “overseas”. Anyway, we left on Friday evening. We landed at the New Delhi airport at around 9:00 PM (it was...

    Tags: Asia, India
  • It was obvious the moment I walked out of the airport that I was nowhere near Texas. The relentless heat of Houston had been replaced by a cooler, more forgiving breeze and the aroma of newly fallen rain. This was to be my home for the next seven weeks. Luckily, Cambridge, Massachusetts was one of...

  • On the only day I spent in Málaga, it rained. I sat with a tiny Spanish girl and a loud, crass Spanish boy on the bus ride, as grey drizzle came down on the rolling hills that were covered in a carpet of olive trees. On that day, I spoke at most ten words of English. The rest of the time I made a...

    Tags: Europe
  • Snap! I had been carrying a bucket over my head when the unnerving sound interrupted my train of thought. The sound was the straining and stretching of muscle in my ankle as I tripped over a pile of rocks in Nicaragua. Did I really just do that? Quick, I need to think of a cooler story before...

  •   A trip to visit my family was what it was. We hit the red eye flight, including the awful level of comfort to sleep in first class, and the movies that no one else can get on DVD yet. It was a start to a very nice trip. We landed at Gatwick airport in London at about 9 am England time, which...

  • I happily pulled a less-than-ideal-in-100-degree-weather black cardigan over my shoulders and gazed up 450 feet to the world famous dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Although I knew I would be sweating profusely within moments, I was still extremely excited to see the inside of the largest church on...

    Tags: Europe, Italy, Rome
  •     Ahoy! (Slovakian for hello). This summer I had the amazing opportunity of traveling to Slovakia for one month! I traveled with some friends, who are native Slovaks. On this trip, I did not go with my family, nor did I have any particular reason for visiting this obscure country, and in fact...

    Tags: Europe
  • I must admit, when I first stood at the base of the Ajanta Caves in the sweltering June sun, I didn’t understand why my family and I had left the glittering metropolitan city of Mumbai, to see thirty some ancient caves. We were vacationing in India for a month to meet our extended family, but my...

    Tags: Asia, India, Vacations
  • "Wow, that looks like a scene from Under the Tuscan Sun!" I heard a teenage girl shriek. I was sleeping, although doing so quite unsuccessfully. I turned around in my seat to look out the giant window of our bus to see the most gorgeous sight my young eyes had ever seen: the Amalfi Coast of Italy....

    Tags: Europe
  • Woken up from my sublime nap, I felt the vibrations of the plane’s wheels as we skidded across the runway, to a complete stop. Our luggage, all five members of our family made our way toward the exit. With my first step off the immense Lufthansa aircraft, the smell of heavy smoke with a slight...

    Tags: Asia, India

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