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  • Masses of sweaty, anxious, and mildly rude people standing in line had never really appealed to me until now. Everything around me caused awe and wonder: the rows of endless cones that separated the seemingly countless number of people, the brightly colored trashcans that were peppered throughout...

    Tags: Asia, China
  •               “¡Cuidado! ¡Cuidado!” my broken Spanish caused a grin to erupt on Lupe’s face. The hot plethora of mushy rice began to dribble out of the corners of her smile. I tried to wipe her face clean of the goo, but my apologetic expression and humorous warnings only entertained her further....

  • 3/1/12 7:55 p.m. After no sleep for about 34 hours straight it is finally time for bed. Maybe I’m in a sleep-deprivation haze, but the experience thus far has been unreal. I cannot believe that I am really here in Denmark with twenty-seven classmates on the Denmark-US Exchange. Nete (...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Family vacations are an absolute necessity to getting through an uneventful year. This years traveling extravaganza included a cruise ship that left out of a Canadian dock. We were going to see the glaciers of Alaska, the pods of whales that inhabit the sea, and the majestic eagles in flight. But...

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  • Ever since I could remember, the symbol of my mother’s Dutch heritage has been the tulip.  The Netherlands are known for their extensive tulip farming practices, and the tulip paired alongside the blonde, blue-eyed woman wearing the traditional Dutch garb seems to be the overall archetype of this...

    Tags: Europe, Heritage
  • New York City, a timless city for anyone who visits. It was my first time ever to even the state of New York, and it proved to be one of the best experiences of my life. I woke up extremely early one morning, November 22, 2008 and boarded the local Amtrak station in Charlottesville, on my way to...

  • I love where I’m from, but like most Marylanders, I love the idea of getting out of here even more. When a relatively new teacher posted signs around the school about going to North Carolina during Spring Break, I was not the only one who saw that as the perfect opportunity.  (What could really be...

  • At the Royal Lahaina Resort, I wake up with the rising sun and walk out of our cottage to meet the warm sun and a cool breeze.  Plumeria fall from the surrounding trees, painting the ground with pinks, yellows and whites. As I string together the flowers to make a lei, I pick up a perfectly molded...

  • Various solutions have been posed as to the problem of the depreciated value of American currency in Europe and the subsequent high cost of traveling abroad.  My solution? Go to South America!  This summer I had the experience of a lifetime in the small South American country of Peru.  Along with...

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