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  •  My mom and dad are hopeless romantics. For their 20th wedding anniversary they decided to take their 4 children on a whirlwind 2 week trip out West, staying in cheap hotels and national park campgrounds. It was fun for us kids, and we’ll always remember visiting Garden of the Gods, Buena Vista (CO...

  • When a person goes to Italy, the expectation is that she will rave of the vitality and meaning accompanying seeing the Sistine Chapel, the Colosseum or any other famed attraction. I meant (and hoped) to do just that -- “ have the sort of life-altering experience which keeps Pisa and the Galleria...

    Tags: Europe
  • The day had finally arrived. After months upon months of planning, I was finally packing my bags, going over checklists, and running to the store to purchase even more unnecessary items. My bags were heavy (because, of course, I couldn't leave anything behind) as I passed them to the baggage...

  • Upon my stay in Denver, I came to the realization that nature is beauty. I am nowhere near a tree-hugger: I wear high heels everyday of the week, with an infinite supply of dresses, and spider webs make me cringe. Taking all this into account, I could have opted out on our family trip to Denver,...

  •        Valencia, Spain, thousands of miles away from my home and speaking an entirely different language this past summer, I had the experience of a lifetime.  After a test and application process with the Indiana University Honors Foreign Language Program to study Spanish in Spain, I was selected...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • Every shopper glared at us. Brazenly loud English and periodic shrieks at the sight of trinkets couldn’t have concealed our foreignness. Many of us were seeing the night market in Taiwan for the first time. The florescent booths, jockeying vendors, and chaotic atmosphere, however, were all too...

  • I sat in the very back of a small plane out of Duluth, Minnesota. My ticket read seat 2A, but the flight attendant asked my family to move due to weight distribution on the plane. So much for a good view out of the window with no plane wing in sight. I sipped on ginger ale to calm my stomach after...

  • Sometimes we may feel we are hanging on by a thread, and often that thread is the one thing keeping us connected to humanity. On December 3, 2004 as I walked into Dairy Queen I already had a premonition of the weight that was soon to descend upon my shoulders. "Well it looks like we are back at...

    Tags: Africa
  • The bike stood there, braced by the little sister of my host sister. It taunted me, waiting to see if I would give up my American habits and use it for actual transportation. I was in Stein, just outside of Nuremberg in Germany, thanks to a full scholarship to live in Germany for three weeks....

  • Mumbai has two temperatures; hot and hotter. Especially during the summer months, the city can be nearly unbearable. The traffic, the incessant push of humanity, and the raw poverty that fill the muddy, trash-ridden streets is enough to make the exhausted traveler search for the first plane back to...

    Tags: Asia, India

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