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  • Most vacations provide serenity to people. It doesn’t matter where – the lush islands of Hawaii or the elegant streets of France, vacations often offer joyous memories.             But this trip was different. It was an unfortunate surprise for my family. We traveled around Texas in a journey...

  • It was the end of the school year; the time when students are antsy for summer to begin. I couldn't wait for the last day because four days later, I was headed to the great state of California on a roadtrip with my mother, grandma, and eight year old sister named Meredith. The night before our...

  • My family and I were at the airport waiting for our boarding call to Argentina, “It’s finally here,” I said to myself. Up to this point I was very stressed out with school work and friends, so I was very excited and relieved to go on vacation. We were going to Argentina for my 15th birthday and to...

  • When I think of Barcelona, I can feel it. I can feel the rush of the subway as it passes by and I can feel the wind through my hair as I'm standing on the roof of our hotel. I can smell it, hear it, taste it. I loved Spain, and traveling to France in the same week was an amazing bonus. I...

  • During the summer of 2007 I made the All-Star Cheerleading squad that received the award to participate in performing in London’s New Year’s Day parade. This was a very educational and enjoyable trip. We were able to participate in the parade, tour the city, and meet new people. This trip was very...

    Tags: Europe
  • At first glance, this quiet city on the border doesn’t seem to offer much.  I used to certainly think so, until one day in seventh grade I was assigned a frontier project in which we had to research our city.  When I was done with this project I knew the real El Paso. El Paso is unique in the...

    Tags: Exploring, Texas, USA
  • It's my mom’s fault. It is my go-to excuse whenever I have to cancel plans for a get-together with friends; grounded, had to study for the SATs, or a school night.  The list is endless.  But this time, it was not just an excuse; it was The Reason.  It really was my mom's fault, and even she admits...

    Tags: Asia
  • I never thought it was physically possible to eat rice and beans at every meal for two weeks and not get sick of them, let alone enjoy them.  I’ve been back in the United States for two months since my trip to Nicaragua.  I have the ability to open my refrigerator and decide what I want to eat.  I...

  •     The first sunrise I had ever seen was in Moscow. It was five in the morning and my roommate Rachel and I couldn’t sleep. After all, we had collapsed on our beds after that nasty ten-hour plane ride, sleeping all the way through dinner. We awoke at two in the morning and found ourselves stuck in...

    Tags: Europe
  • With each gentle splash of water that hit the ferry's white, rusted sides, we drifted further and further away from Balboa Island.  I looked from my affectionate, younger, 8 year old brother to my tender hearted mother who softly smiled at me.  I then glanced at my younger, 7 year old cousin who...

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