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  • To the untrained eye, downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin may look  like bright colored buildings and classic facades. However, behind the scenes, Waukesha is arising as a playground for its' 70,000 residents. In the past few years, the people of my city have taken back our downtown strip, and turned it...

  •     At thirteen years old, I thought I knew everything that I could possibly know about myself. I knew I was smart, passionate, and determined enough to achieve whatever it was that my heart desired; and, thanks to the clarification that comes with hindsight, I can admit that I thought I was the...

  • I have forever and always thought of myself as a city girl. The plains of rural Kansas were never inviting, and seemed unimaginative and commonplace to this bustling girl. However, I recently came to appreciate the simple nuances and subtleties that accompany wide open spaces during my stay in...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • The Truth about Europe Europe has been known to all as a special paradise. A supposedly great vacation place where you can travel around the continent with nothing but a backpack. Where did this sick dream come to knowledge? I feel as though my trip could have been a lesser waste of time as it...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • I was in Costa Rica; so far away from where I lived, yet so at home with the friendly locals and inviting atmosphere. I stood with a canary yellow helmet on my head and a dark blue safety harness wrapped tightly around my chest, feeling as much of a fool as I must have looked. I stared down at the...

  •     A nauseating smell began to gather in the air. A smell so ghastly, it brought forth coughs, gags, and stung the eyes to tears. The front of the school bus was gray and blue with smoke. Our watches and cell phones read only 9:15 am, and we still had twenty-three more hours to travel. This was...

  •    August 4th, 2009 was the best day of my life.  I woke up at six o' clock in the morning and was ready for my trip to Sacremento, California by seven.  My parents and I left the house at eight, and we picked up my friend Sydney.  We were so excited to go see the Jonas Brothers in concert for the...

  • When I first heard I would be going to Panama to see my family, I have to admit I was worried. My mom often talked about her Panamanian cousins and the fun times they had together, but I wasn't so sure I would really connect with them the way she did. As soon as I stepped foot on the plane, panic...

  •   Experiencing the Culture of Spain As my feet scuffled across the cool summer sand, my mind was racing, unable to imagine where my friends were leading me on my last night in this magic place. After the bandana was removed from my eyes a beautiful moonlit scene was revealed.  My friends had...

    Tags: Europe
  • “Mommy, Nancy Khong want this porridge, it looks nasty,” I lamented to my mommy in “Vietlish”.     “Eat up before we arrive in Vietnam within the next hour,” she replied in Vietnamese. By eating the dense chicken porridge from Cathy Pacific Airline, I felt more apprehensive about visiting the land...

    Tags: Asia

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