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  • Most consider it a blessing to visit the place that is the basis of most religions.  Christians find the sea of Galiee unreal, Jews stare in awe at the ancient remains of the Western Wall, and Muslims wait their whole lives to visit the Mosque. I was one of the few with, essentially, no interest...

  • All school year, students are looking forward to spring break. Spring break is the last week off before the ever beloved summer vacation. It is a week to hang out with your friends and just have fun without the hassle of school work. Many families, including mine, go on a trip for the week to...

  • My family and I traveled to Memphis Tennessee. While we were in Memphis we went to the Civil Rights Museum. The museum and the Lorraine Hotel both had a profound impact on me. At first I was reading the history of the hotel with a certain sense of detachment. I knew what had happened there, it was...

  • La Mirada. When I say this name aloud, it does not strike me as a place that is grand or filled with urgency and movement. Instead, if I did not live here I would pass it up as just another city within the immense confines of the United States. However, upon further inspection, you would find it...

  • With a staggering length of over two kilometers and a surface water flow twice the amount of Niagara falls, the Iguazu Falls are one of the largest groups of waterfalls on planet Earth.  In December 2011, I had the honor of visiting this natural wonder of the world.  I stayed at the Sheraton...

  • Owase is a serene fishing town nestled comfortably in southern Mie prefecture on Japan’s eastern coast, surrounded by towering mountains and twisting rivers. Although Owase is the rainiest place in all of Japan, its small town charms and lovely scenery offer an incredible perspective on rural Japan...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan
  • Generally speaking, American tourism takes place near the coasts. Whether its the eastern seaboard or the palms of California (which happens to be my hometown), the beach and its surrounding areas always provides for countless travel opportunities. Until my eighth grade year, all of my vacations...

  •  I nervously wait on the plane to meet my new family. All I know is that I will be staying with them for 9 days in the town of Muret, near Toulouse (about 300 miles from Paris). I came to France through “Vistas in Education,” or VIE[1], along with three friends and our French teacher. Through VIE,...

    Tags: Europe
  • " Are we... there yet?"...I questioned my parents with gasps of exhaustion. Five vehicles in which my relatives had been riding in were lined up behind us. The scorching heat in Texas hit us as if it were a thousand shocks of corrosive acid, gradually melting the barrier of our skin. Coming from...

  • During the summer of 2007 I made the All-Star Cheerleading squad that received the award to participate in performing in London’s New Year’s Day parade. This was a very educational and enjoyable trip. We were able to participate in the parade, tour the city, and meet new people. This trip was very...

    Tags: Europe

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