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  • Of the many trips that I have taken in my life, ironically, the most memorable one was one filled with numerous problems: to Dubai. In spite of having visited Singapore, Malaysia, India, and China, we had never faced back-to-back dilemmas during travel and, with only four days to use, our ability...

    Tags: Africa
  • The early August sun beat down on the prolonging stretch of road. A “Welcome to Utah” sign had long since passed, and our rented black Ford Explorer was filled with a mid-vacation silence, stemming from hours of strenuous exploring. Compared to the extraordinary beauty of the Grand Canyon, the flat...

  • On June 27th 2010 my parents dropped me off at the University of Minnesota to catch the bus to Greenbay, Wisconsin for the Regional Center for Math and Science (RCMS) program. The RCMS program was a 6 week long program and we would be taking classes and the University of Wisconsin Greenbay. It was...

  • It was my freshman year of high school the week of homecoming. My step-dad is a member of the American Ambulance Association and he had a conference in Orlando. He decided it would be a great idea for us to come with him and make it into a family trip. We were all very anxious to go, since we had...

  • One Less Tear Por favor. Quiero vivir con usted. 'Please.   I want to live with you.' Her round, brown eyes pleaded with me. Her hands braided themselves into my skirt. Her cries followed me as the criada took her by the arm and led her back to the complex designated for three-year-olds. Lucy was...

  • Italy. The name is even gorgeous; as if the country’s boundless beauty kissing every hill and street was not enough. This past March my parents, my brother, and I embarked on an oversea adventure. Upon arrival in Rome, not only did the cigarette smoke and the hustling of the busy city make my head...

  • When the machete-wielding tiger-fighting farmer began growling, I looked up at Mom and Dad. "Are those the sounds tigers make?" "Yes Elliot, but I'm sure that we'll be fine." It was scary without the tiger-calls. Night already in the process of falling, we were in a jungle, in a third world country...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • After moving to Colorado from California the summer before my freshman year of high school, I thought I had seen it all. At that age, a move to another state can feel like you’re moving to another country. My over-reacting, dramatic teenager abilities kicked in on the one-thousand mile life change...

    Tags: Europe
  • I have been lucky enough in my young life to have traveled to many different places in the world. However, no vacation has been more memorable for me than the trip my parents were supposed to take to Europe to get on a cruise. Just when our plane was about to leave from Pittsburgh to New York, we...

    Tags: Europe
  • Aye, mi hija, cariño, tesoro…” my host mother, Susana, crooned. This was my first day with my host family in Estepona, and my brain was already in Spanish overload (Spanish immersion program)  I took a deep breath as I carefully translated each word into English: my daughter, sweetheart, and...

    Tags: Europe, Spain

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