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My name is Demetrios Kiriopoulos. In case you haven’t already deciphered that I’m Greek by the name… I’m fully Greek. However, I’ve never been to Greece; the land of my people, the culture that inspires and motivates. I have never been to Greece… until last August. The plane ride there was not...Tags:
Did I lock the back door? was one of the first thoughts that flitted through my mind as my family and I ran through the airport. My family was notorious for never being on time, but we were not going to miss this flight. We all woke up late and were out the door in less then twenty minutes, which...Tags:
Rachel Carson, an American marine biologist and nature writer, once said, “Those who contemplate the beauty of the Earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” In other words, people can find strength in the beauty of Earth. Even after all of the wars and...Tags:
Theme park success is a combination of careful planning, good map reading skills, quality of theme park, and flexibility. Oh, and patience! And as cliché as it is, I think Disney World in Orlando, Florida is probably the best designed, best managed, and most fun collection of theme parks on the...Tags:
For the majority of my life I considered the Hawaiian Islands as paradise. You’re welcomed by pungent island air that nearly knocks you off your feet. Even the cars kick up the smell of leis as they rush down streets that are named with exotic Hawaiian words. My opinion of paradise was to be...Tags:
The moment I stepped on French territory,my heart soared. Every inch of me was waiting for the adventure that was Paris (despite the fact that I take Spanish in school). Being someone who loves art, I especially looked forward to the Louvre. I couldn't wait to explore it and look at all the...Tags:
I shut my door, let out a deafening exhale, and checked the only thing that had been on my mind since leaving the cheerful yet barren room in DoÃ±a Rosita’s hostel in the vibrant city of San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico. I opened my suitcase, afraid to look. Then, I unwrapped what was once a...Tags:
Adrenaline rushed through my veins; my world seemed to close around me, leaving me like a beacon of light in a world of forever growing darkness. The thoughts of backing out flooded my mind; I couldn’t, I wouldn’t, follow through. But a small voice in the back of my mind kept whispering to me,...Tags:
Last March, my family and I took a trip to go visit my dream college; Humboldt State University. On paper, Humboldt was the ideal school for me and was located in the middle of the Redwood forest and five miles from the ocean. I left New Mexico in cheerful anticipation, hoping that Humboldt would...Tags:
The call of the rooster and the quacking of ducks awaken me instead of an alarm clock. No, not an alarm clock, for an alarm clock would require reliable electricity. Yet living in Chad, the heart of Africa, at the foothills of the vast Sahara desert in the Sahel, one must become acquainted with...Tags: