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  • My mother, Laurie, looked straight ahead at the road as she drove down some scenic highway.  I pivoted my head to look out my passenger window at the rock formation that peacefully rested on the naturally formed hill.  I let the feeling of the beauty seep into my skin for a moment, and then I...

  • Rushing pedestrians, innumerable yellow taxi cabs, buildings you can’t see the top of no matter how far you crane your neck – this is the dizzying scene I saw as I stepped out of the bus and onto the sidewalk of New York City, New York. I was there last spring with my school’s dance company on tour...

  • This summer, for some hard-core family time we planned a three-week trip to Australia! We have a pen pal family who live in the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney, New South Wales. They visited us in 2005 and helped us plan our Aussie trip, giving advice on what to do and see and how to get there. We...

  • When I was fifteen, in the summer of two thousand nine, I had the greatest adventure of my life. It was frightening and exciting, but most of all it was a great learning experience. That summer adventure was one of the most unforgettable escapades and has provided glorious dinner conversation...

  • Being from a small town, my classmates and I wished to get away. We joined our schools International Club to experience different countries. A junior in high school, I had never been far from home. I wanted to experience life, and France and Spain couldn’t have been a better place to start. After a...

    Tags: Europe
  • About a year ago, my father proposed that the family go on a road trip... a road trip through ALL FIFTY STATES IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA!  Had he gone insane?  Had he forgotten that we had a daughter who gets car sick, and son who can't go five minutes without the internet?  Or perhaps he had...

  •       A marketplace. To anyone else my age, this might be considered “ghetto.” But to me, this is beautiful. The walkway is narrow and composed of smooth rocks, with small steps every few feet to follow the slight upward slope of the path. The stalls alongside me are squeezed together with no...

  • Our first stop in Phenom Pehn was Tol Slong, a former prison during the Cambodian genocide.  Before the genocide it was a high school, but the Khmer Rouge converted it into a prison and place of torture.  Little was done to convert the prison into a museum, and there were times when I was walking...

  • It was going to be the first time I saw the Pacific Ocean.  As I sat in the small Costa Rican food store, I could barely taste the food I was eating; too much had happened in the last few days.  My friend Serena and I had traveled all the way from Manhattan, Kansas with our Spanish class to...

  • I have had many amazing trips with my family, but I don’t think any of them will stick in my mind more than when we traveled to Barcelona, Spain. Our amazing adventure started in the early morning May 22, 2009. I remember waking up that morning and thinking to myself, “What a marvelous time I was...

    Tags: Europe

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