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  • Finally, after six hours on the airplane, we are now landing. My family and I take our first footsteps in another country! Unfortunately, there is still another five to six hour drive to get to the little town in Portugal where my mother was born. I am very ecstatic because this is the third time...

    Tags: Europe
  • In the words of John O’Callaghan, leader singer of a band called The Maine, "Don't forget how lucky we are to be alive. Take advantage of every day. There might not be a tomorrow." This is a motto that I strive to live by; make the most of every chance that you are given. That is why when I was...

    Tags: Africa
  • I am a junior in high school and am feeling the pressure to go to college. I have been told over and over again that one should visit the schools prior to making any decisions. However, like most kids my age, I had no idea where I wanted to look except that I wanted a small university. My parents...

  • It was a twenty-hour trip by car, if we were lucky. For reasons my father never quite bothered to explain in depth, traveling by airplane was not an option. Afraid of heights? Afraid of an untimely death via crashing to the ground in a fiery explosion? These were possibilities.   I never asked; I...

  • Boats. Not my favorite place to be,espically spending the night on one. The waves crashing on the sides, the boat moving back and forth, and no way to get off.  Now don't get me wrong it was a big ferry boat, but something just didn't feel right about this boat other then the fact it is one of my...

    Tags: Europe, Italy
  • When you think of the Bahamas I bet you think of palm trees and beaches, a tropical paradise, but that’s not exactly the case. In January of 2009 my family and I boarded The Disney Wonder cruise ship expecting nothing but pure entertainment from what promised to be an exciting vacation. The cruise...

    Tags: Caribbean
  •             Emaciated men shudder like skeletons. Rotting wooden bunks are the only respite for exhausted bodies. Asphyxiating pellets spew fumes of death. Stolen shoes accumulate as their owners’ bodies are turned to ashes. This is the Holocaust.             A concrete wall stands resolute....

  • Cincinnati to Dallas, Dallas to Frankfurt, Germany; longest day of my life. My aunt and her family had temporarily moved over to Germany and my mom worked for American Airlines, so we had the opportunity to visit. Since my mother worked for the airline we got some special benefits, like flying...

    Tags: Europe
  • There are many things that could make an outsider feel comfortable in Ashland, Wisconsin. Ashland combines the nature of the area with wonderful restaurants and local art appreciation. Ashland features an abundance of nature. Many events highlight or revolve around the natural beauty of this...

  • For Thanksgiving break of my seventh grade year, my grandparents decided they would take my mother and I on a cruise with them. I had never been on a cruise before so I was ecstatic to be able to go. I was looking forward to the cruise more than I had ever looked forward to anything else. The...

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