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Céad Meile Fáilte is an Irish saying meaning “Wish you 100,000 welcomes,” according to the kids guidebook we received on the first day of our tour. My family and I took The Emerald Isle Adventures by Disney tour of Ireland in 2008 (adventuresbydisney.com). This tour exceeded our...Tags:
In July of 2008, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Sydney, Australia for World Youth Day (WYD) with Pope Benedict XVI. My church’s youth group prepared months in advance for the pilgrimage. We raised money by selling hoagies the last weekend of each month. Parishioners of the church were...Tags:
As I walk through the crowded cobblestone streets of Santorini I decide to stop and sit. I watch the golden sun as it falls into the ocean like an Olympic diver in slow motion. The buzz of excited voices and the smells of the nearby vineyard transfix me. It is hard to believe that 24 hours ago...Tags:
I step off the oversized chartered bus and I am floored. I am standing outside Auschwitz 1. The misty, cold air gave me an eerie sense. It is the middle of June 2009. My classmates and myself are on a trip around Europe. We have already traveled through Germany and the Czech Republic and we are now...Tags:
Last spring we decided to take one last family camping trip before buying a flock of chickens. We were excited to be getting chickens, but they need daily care and would make it much harder to take extended vacations, so we wanted to make this last camping trip special. Dad wanted to camp in...Tags:
After checking through the airport, acquiring a vehicle, and checking into our hotel, we spent a nice afternoon and a relaxing evening in the pool areas. The instant we stepped into our room (my brother and I shared one) my brother instantly turned the thermostat to the lowest air-conditioning...Tags:
Summer. The time that everyone reunites with their families, gets married, or goes on a family vacation. My trip last summer helped me realize what vacationing really is. Before he passed I was my dad's only child, unfortunately due to infantile amnesia's natural course up to this day I can not...Tags:
Standing sixty floors above the organized chaos of the world’s most populous metropolitan area, the air in my lungs momentarily ceased to exist as my breath was stolen away by the sight before my eyes. Nothing could have prepared me to witness such a magnificent expanse of man-made. Stretching to...Tags:
Ever hear of York, Pennsylvania? I doubt it. Who has? Well, other than the people living here and a few historical gurus (York has an interesting history), not many. I’ll admit you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who thinks York is big; it sure isn’t New York City or L.A. After saying that, you...Tags:
In February, I went on a three day cruise to the Bahamas for my friend Stephanie’s 16th birthday. As soon as we got on the Carnival Imagination, we went up to the pool deck to check out the pool and enjoy the music. The food was delicious and we could tell that we were going to have a ton of fun...Tags: