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  • As a young child, I often heard stories about my mom’s childhood in the Philippines. She loved sharing her memories with my sisters and me, telling us how easy we have it compared to what she had gone through. She would always point out the hardships she had to overcome throughout her childhood. I...

    Tags: Asia
  • The summer of 2011, my family decided to take a trip to Kauai, Hawaii for one week. My parents, my college-aged brother Ian, my twin sister Abbey, my grandfather Al and I crowded into a suite at Marriott’s Waiohai Beach Club in the beach town of Poipu, on the South Shore. I slept on a floral...

  • Two summers ago, my aunt, step-uncle, and brother went to "the American West." The original plan was to visit my grandpaw in Kansas and then travel to YellowstoneNational Park, but we ended up going to every western state except California, Wyoming, and Oregon. On the second night of the trip, I...

  • Last June, my family and I drove to Destin, FL from Fort Worth, TX.  It was approximately 731 miles, which took 12 hours.  Unfortunately, my brother did not get to go, since he had to work.  Every day we checked the progress of the devastating oil spill to see if it had reached the Destin beaches...

  • Snap! I had been carrying a bucket over my head when the unnerving sound interrupted my train of thought. The sound was the straining and stretching of muscle in my ankle as I tripped over a pile of rocks in Nicaragua. Did I really just do that? Quick, I need to think of a cooler story before...

  • “Oh boy.” There it was in the sparkly pink ink on the calendar. Grandpa’s and my hiking trip up to WallaceFalls, Goldbar, Washington -- this morning. I clicked my tongue with distaste at the thought of spending several hours out in the woods with my Grandfather. My grandfather who had a tendency to...

  • A few months ago, during my spring break in March, I was presented with a once in a lifetime opportunity. I was offered a chance to visit the capital of Spain, Madrid. Sadly, I won’t be able to talk about my entire visit to Madrid in the limited length of this essay, so I decided to talk abut my...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  •               I had visions of sitting under a warm blue sky feeling the light breeze blow. Well it did not turn out that way. I ended up under a blue sky, but it was colder than I expected. We were on an Alaskan cruise, sailing through snow covered mountains, glaciers, and seeing a variety of...

  • Family vacations never seem to go as planned. No matter how early we plan to leave, we always peel out two hours past the time scheduled. No matter how few rest stops we plan to take, every thirty minutes another person requires a toilet. As a family of five, each having their own needs, travel...

  • In the summer of 2011, I had the pleasure of traveling, along with forty-two others, to France, Italy & Greece with the People to People Student Ambassador Program. For three weeks, I was able to see the sights of cities such as: Athens, Olympia, Pelopinnese, Verona, Florence, Porto Viro, Rome...

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