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  • Imagine a blue cloudless sky, a crisp November breeze, and a winding road hidden in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. The trees displayed their wardrobe of leaves bursting with an array of yellows, reds, and burnt oranges as we continued to drive toward our Thanksgiving destination. My mom and...

  • In the land of Guatemala, luscious green country covers the terrain. Rolling rivers stretch and extend across the olive colored earth. Exotic animals hide in secret. The ancient ruins of Tikal emerge from the thick forest floor. And a people as humble and content as one can know touched my life...

  • Every year for as long as I can remember my family has vacationed in Ocean City, Maryland, with the exception of the one summer we traveled to Disney World. I can find my way around Ocean City almost as well as my hometown and though the area no longer surprises me, I still look forward to the trip...

  • China is a land both familiar and yet mysterious to me. It is the country of my ancestors, of those people whose footsteps have vanished from the earth and yet whose souls still live on in the hearts of their descendents. On the outside, I am, in every aspect, a full-blooded Chinese: the almond-...

    Tags: Asia
  • The woman handed me a bowl of Kumis and I took it with a nervous smile.  Bringing it to my lips, I almost gagged at the smell, but managed to somehow swallow a small sip, forcing down a grimace as the thick, sour, rancid mare’s milk sloshed down my throat.  I nodded at the woman politely, smiling...

  • You can’t pretend to know the size of the world. Curious, though, isn’t it, how quickly people seem to forget that the world is shrinking? The blank edges of the map are filling in, cultures blossoming, and soon, there will be nothing left to discover. We, as a race, will need to begin to learn...

  • Germany   One of the perks of having a sister who is serving in the United States Army is being able to visit the different places around the world where she is stationed. In May of 2008 I was fortunate enough to visit her in the 7th most visited travel destination in the world, that is, Germany....

    Tags: Europe
  • Tavarone is a tiny village nestled in the breathtaking, tree covered mountains of Italy and a destination on the Classics of Europe trip from People to People. People to People is a student ambassador program started by President Eisenhower to promote “peace through understanding” between young...

  • It’s Fourth of July weekend!  Yay!  Parades, fireworks at State Fair, sparklers, selling bracelets before the parade, picnic at church grounds, and ice cream cones—right?  Nope, not this year!  This year it was Blue Mounds State Park, bunking out in a cabin, digging for fruit in the cooler, playing...

  • It had been my dream as long as I can remember to take a trip to New York City. The lights, people, Broadway, it all made my mouth water at just the thought of it. My dream came true in summer of 2010, when my family finally decided to visit the “Big Apple.” As I look back on it now, a year later...

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