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  • It was spring break of 2009 when I went to Cocoa Beach and Disney World for the first time. With me were my dad, my stepmom, my sister and three brothers.          The trip meant so much to me, especially because my stepmom spent two years planning it to make every detail just right for us. We...

  • In the summer of 2008 I went to Savannah, Georgia with my cousin. Savannah is a beautiful place. The water is lovely, the people are generous and the food is amazing! Television star chef Paula Deene has her own restaraunt in Savannah. We had the chance to eat the food that she actually cooks in...

  • I love living in Holland. No, not in the Netherlands - though it might as well be! It's a relatively large town on Lake Michigan, nicknamed "Tulip City" for the hundreds of thousands of tulips that bloom here. The conservatism and neatly numbered streets are also suggestive of the strongly Dutch...

  • Nashville, Tennessee is said to be the birthplace of country music. If the locals were asked, they would reply that the Grand Ole Opry is more specifically where country music was first played. I had the privilege to visit this famous stage and see for myself the uniting power it truly possesses...

  • Last summer, I traveled halfway across the world to China. My grandparents from both sides of my family currently live there. Most of my family lives in China, so whenever I go there I get bombarded with random family members that I haven’t seen for years! During the trip last year, I realized...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • The cool March air surrounded me as I got off the plane at the Charles d’Jule airport. Never had I been so excited to be on a school trip than I had been when I took my first steps onto foreign soils.  Though my adventure was just approaching, thinking about the six day family stay made me uneasy....

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Every three years I get the amazing opportunity to squish myself in coach seating between overly excited tourists awaiting their new adventure. As long and claustrophobic as these plane rides are, I would not trade my trips to the Philippines for anything. From them I have gained an appreciation...

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    Tags: Pacific
  • I always thought I wasn’t the type to judge someone before I knew them. That’s why I waited until I spent a little time with people to file them into a category in my head: studious, bossy, stuck-up, nice, etc. Once they were in a category, they never really left it unless something drastic...

  • My foothold was slipping. Gravity was pulling at me as I hung horizontally from the rock face, struggling to climb out and over the ledge. The cold rock scraped at my bare knees, the sharp mountain wind chilling the sweat as it fell in droplets from my face; my grimy, frozen hands were slowly...

    Tags: Europe, France

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