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  • Imagine stepping through the security terminal gates at an airport in a foreign country that you have always wanted to travel to. Now, remind yourself that you have been saving for this trip for a year and a half. Finally, get over the shock of jetlag and realize that you aren't imagining anything...

    Tags: Europe
  • The last few decades have seen the rise of an America increasingly enamored of differences, ever more cognizant that diversity means fresh perspectives and ideas. I arrived in Costa Rica with this in mind, excited to meet and learn from people so different from me. And I did—I learned the...

  •                 This summer I was given the chance to tour Vienna, Austria, Salzburg, Austria, Innsbruck, Austria, Florence, Italy, Venice, Italy, and Paris, France. It was the opportunity of a lifetime provided by EF Tours at my school! Being in another country taught me many things about...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • Managua, Nicaragua. The volcano in the background is a constant reminder of the unpredictability of life. The combination of men on horseback and others in Toyota Prados remind us of the inequality in an underdeveloped country. There is no doubt about the beauty of the place. Natural waterfalls,...

  • I have a special love for that place, even to this day. Even though it was a thousand miles and an ocean away from my house, I felt at home. I discovered that if I could endure all that I had those ten days and still find happiness, maybe Madrid had something special to offer. As I boarded the...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  •                  When my mom first told me that we were going to my uncles wedding in Culebra, Puerto Rico, I was beyond psyched. I had never traveled any further than a couple hundred miles from my home in Alabama, much less traveled overseas to a Spanish-speaking culture. Just the thought of it...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Have you ever had an experience that you will remember for a life time? Have you ever gone somewhere that affected you greatly and had the best time of you life? Well I have. I went on a trip last summer with my French class and a terrific time that I will never forget. I traveled all around France...

    Tags: Europe
  • For some, it's a place; for others, an idea. Whether tangible or not, everyone has a home, and everyone can speak proudly of its attractions and appeal to visitors. I have two. There is the home I was born with - the townhouse in a quiet suburb in California; and there is the home I discovered -...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • I knew what Mexico looked like. It was beautiful, rich with culture, and flowing with a language that made the soul dance. I also knew that a fun time could be developed by everyday accessories. I knew this because Mexico use to be my home.  At Bourgade Catholic high school, annual trips to Mexico...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • At four a.m. I saw the steam from the aromatic maté tea rise up from my mug. I packed light, ate bread and butter, and sipped my tea in a zombie-like manner.  My host mother and I gave swift, yet tender hugs goodbye as I zoomed out to Ollantaytambo’s plaza in the Sacred Valley of Peru. From there...

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