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    When you think of the Bahamas I bet you think of palm trees and beaches, a tropical paradise, but that’s not exactly the case. In January of 2009 my family and I boarded The Disney Wonder cruise ship expecting nothing but pure entertainment from what promised to be an exciting vacation. The cruise...

    Tags: Caribbean
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      “Are we there yet?” asked my friend Cindy, still groggy from waking up. How she slept through most of the plane ride I have no idea. I was awake for the entire plane ride. The moment I stepped inside LAX I knew there would be no sleep. This was going to be my first airplane ride, EVER, and I had...

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    With a depressing sigh, I quit the windowsill with a leap from it, and slowly slumped back onto the couch in the executive suite's living room, my eyes still heavy from the lack of sleep the night before. Of all the days it just had to rain, it had to be today: the day when the family was planning...

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    It was July of 2009.  My family was going to our annual trip up to Pennsylvania to visit my Aunt Janet at her lake house.  Our destination: Indian Lake.  Why? to celebrate the fourth of July.  With a family of five, airplane ticket costs were out of the question.  Instead of flying, there was...

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    I want three things from life:  to discover and explore as much as possible, to know that I made a difference in an increasingly unscrupulous world, and to have good stories to tell. For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved history—first it was dinosaurs, then it was Egypt, and now it’s whatever I...

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      An American Bookshop, a Canadian Bar, and the Left Bank Ex-pat Paris, or at least a certain Paris, is endlessly creaky.  It’s winding and poorly lit, and so much the better. It is this Paris that the American student dreams of, and no living institution embodies it like Shakespeare and Company, a...

    Tags: Europe
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    Every summer, my father always tries to convince my mom, sister and me to take a family trip up to the mountains. I cringed at the idea of being away from my creature comforts. However, after seeing my dad downtrodden from my lack of enthusiasm, I decided that this trip was necessary. This is my...

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    From the dates April 9th to April 16th I was in the wondrous, beautiful, and historically rich country of Italy.  This trip was put on by my school for educational purposes.  Around fifty students and some parents went on this trip, with teacher chaperones.  This trip was extremely well organized...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
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    Bacon, sausage, fried ham and eggs, tomatoes and toast were laid before me on a piping hot plate. From the bright bay window ahead I gazed out on a cool grey morning. St. Finnian’s bay curved outward like an emerald teacup steaming with hazy fog. Out on the water, nearly lost in the mist, the...

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     Even with the Gecko, lost luggage, missed flight, unplanned night in Denver, and serious nausea, it’s my favorite vacation ever.  Those who know me know I love vacations and I love to plan and prepare things, it’s both a blessing and a curse.  So, upon hearing I could plan for my mom and me to go...

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