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  • It was another sweltering day. Yesterday had been 104°, it was a record heat streak. Today we’d taken a train from Paris to Versailles. The sun was shining brightly, and the lawn of sand in front of the Palace of Versailles looked like the Sahara Desert. Tourists sat in any available shade using...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • On the only day I spent in Málaga, it rained. I sat with a tiny Spanish girl and a loud, crass Spanish boy on the bus ride, as grey drizzle came down on the rolling hills that were covered in a carpet of olive trees. On that day, I spoke at most ten words of English. The rest of the time I made a...

    Tags: Europe
  • In May of 2007, my step mother and I got an amazing, chance of a lifetime. Three months prior to our trip, my father was sent to Okinawa, Japan for the Air National Guard. He would be there for four months which was the longest he had ever been sent anywhere.   A short while after my father had...

    Tags: Asia
  • It is dark now, but I know tiny lights are scattered in a hectic array beyond the shadowy clouds. Threads of red lights and white lights race past each other in opposite directions over the highways. Skyscrapers filled with impossible aspirations reach toward the clouds. As millions of clocks tick...

  •           ¡Ay Europa! Me encanta esa región. I love that region. From its immense history to the distinctive culture and landscape of each country, Europe is one of the most exciting places in the world and I had the opportunity to visit two European countries my sophomore year in high school with...

    Tags: Europe
  • After two days of campus tours, informational sessions, and class visits, my mother and I were ready for a break. Once we had skillfully navigated through L.A., we managed to snag a great parking spot in Santa Monica Pier’s huge lot. We then made our way up to the pier itself, dodging seagulls...

  • During the summer of 2009, just before my fourteenth birthday, I traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana with my pastor, a fellow church member, and several teens and pastors from local churches for a Christian teen gathering known as “Jesus, Justice, Jazz”. Over 37,000 church members from around the...

  • When I was around six years old my mom took a trip to NY. Before she left she promised me that for my 16th birthday she would allow me to travel anywhere I desired (so long as it remained in the United States). I kept her to that promise and am finally here.   It is my first time ever in the city...

  • As we were driving over the river, my excitement grew. I could almost taste the sweet air of the rural country side. We had just left the small city of Chincoteague which is the home town of the famous story by Marguerite Henry, Misty of Chincoteague. I had always been in love with horses and...

  • Devastation and destruction blew its way into the heart of the “Cresent City” late August of 2005, as Hurricane Katrina made her way into New Orleans. Buildings were stripped layer by layer more quickly than they were put together, and roads were washed up faster than any car had driven on them....

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