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  •    Old buildings, food bigger than my head, and a similar ambiance of home, placed San Antonio, Texas close to my heart- and stomach.  With Americanized food that could only be summed up in one cliché, “everything is bigger in Texas”.     First objective was to scout out the hotel we were...

  • Calling all beach goers and outdoorsmen! It is time to save up some money, collect your gear, and head on out to Pensacola Beach, Florida. Don’t forget your sunscreen though. The sun is in full force, a minuscule price to pay for an otherwise gorgeous atmosphere. Whether you want to sit and relax...

    Tags: Florida, USA
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  •  Early this year, my maternal grandmother arrived in America for the very first time. It is her first trip out of Vietnam. She now settles in San Francsico, California where she lives with my mother's sister. She is aged 64. It was only during the summer holiday period that I was able to see her...

  • “It’s not the destination, but the journey that counts.” Such like the journey that took me in the winter of 2011 from snowy New York to the beautiful South American country of Colombia. The trip was rough, with setbacks that would deter the normal person from ever going forward. Luckily, we are...

  •   During the summer of 2012, I took a trip to Greece and Rome with EF Tours with a group of students from my school. Rome is beautiful in the summertime. It is literally an eternal city. Every day is a step in someone else’s footsteps. Julius Caesar, Socrates, Plato, and even Michelangelo...

    Tags: Europe
  • From the moment I saw her in my mother’s arms, emerging from the airplane in a Seattle T-shirt and red silk shoes, I was not the same. There was a grief in her eyes that I had never known, a fragility to her twelve-pound body as I dragged my fingers across her skin. I imagined her parents, tiny...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • I step off the airplane and look around nervously; I scan the unfamiliar faces until I suddenly make eye contact with a graying-redhead. I smile, run over, and give her a hug of pure exhilaration. I check my watch and look out the window at the dim light that covers the landscape, and the dark...

  •      This past summer I traveled to Central Europe for 11 days with a group of students from my high school. We were chaperoned by two teachers of mine who, every year, organize an international trip for academically successful students. It is an extremely unique opportunity that most students my...

  • I experienced a life changing event that truly touched my heart in the summer of 2005 when I went to Colombia, South America. My family is from Colombia but we had not been back to Colombia since 1996. My aunt is a psychologist over there, so her job was to go out into the extremely poor and high...

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