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  • A Family of a Different Kind I love to travel. I Love the feeling you get from travel. There is nothing like waking up at four in the morning, jumping on a plane at eight, and too many hours and a sore bottom later, stepping off the ramp into another city. Or how about the long car trips? Snack...

  • Turning Lemons into Lemonade When it boils down to it, a trip isn’t about the destination, it is about the memories you created while there. A trip doesn’t have to be an epic journey either. For example, it can be as simple as going to the local pharmacy to buy a comb. That was a particular...

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  •   In my parents’ homeland of Bangladesh, I have always felt like a complete foreigner. As a native and long-time resident of Southern California, I have enjoyed a very comfortable upbringing relative to Bengalis living half way around the world. Given my strong familial and cultural ties to the...

  •   Every summer, for as for back as I can remember, I have gone to the beach with my family for vacation. The beach, with its boardwalk and its waves, has become almost as much a home to me as my hose in Maryland. Every year, my family piles in the car and heads off to ocean city for a week. We...

  • The sky was a light shade of gray. I was so nervous that I was nauseous and my hands were shaking. At seven o’clock all forty-four of us boarded the plane. We sat together, a big sea of maroon shirts and khaki pants, our leaders in navy-blue shirts. The plane took off down the runway. There was no...

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  • As a child, I entertained a foolish fantasy of visiting Africa. I believed it to be, most importantly, the land where my favorite silver screen character, Simba the Lion (of the movie “Lion King”), resided. My grandparents, two lovely and adoring people, were set and bound to make my dream come...

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  • The powerful paddlewheel churned out a mass of frothy bubbles, cutting a swath of foaming white across the shimmering expanse of water, on the surface of the vivid blues and soft greens swirling with every gentle breeze. I stood, grasping the railing of the cruise ship, Tahoe Queen, staring down...

  • I’m basically crawling up Giotto’s campanile. Just when I am about to die, I come to a little slit in the wall. I stand there for a while enjoying the cool drizzle of rain and looking down at the glorious dull gold-brown and yellow buildings, inhaling the scent of tobacco, city, and sweet, sweet...

  • What comes to mind when you think of Iceland? Ice? Volcanos? Vikings? Before I went to the land of the ice and snow, the first things I thought of were the Saturday Night Live sketches involving the hilarious Kristen Wiig as Icelandic super star, Bjork. After my trip, I learned that it was much,...

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