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  • Mid-Summer 2008         I first remember arriving at the Grand Bohemian Hotel in downtown Orlando. It was 6pm, and the day of travel left us tired and ready for dinner. We left the rental car with the valet service and I was greeted by a large horse sculpture by the double doors. I wondered how...

  • Family Ties   From the time when I was born my father has lived in Florida, which is a thousand miles away from me in Pennsylvania.    I never really got to know him due to the distance between us.  We talked on the phone from time to time and I visited him once every few years.  During my...

  • In July of 2007, my family and family friends traveled all the way from Florida to Italy for two long weeks.  For our first ten days in Italy we were on a guided tour with groups of other families that took us to all of the very popular tourist spots in Italy.  For the rest of our trip we...

  •         I spent my summer in Shandia, Ecuador, a remote village of approximately 200 Quichuan descendants. Throughout my time there I was constantly surprised by how similar the people in this community were to me. Not very far beneath the obviously different clothes, skin, language, and homes, I...

  • Most teenagers dream of traveling to the beach, lounging on an extravagant cruise, a ski trip to the mountains, or Disney World for a week. In 2008, my family decided to travel to Maine. I was a little nervous at first. After all, what is there to do in Maine? Using a tractor trailer cab to pull...

  • During the summer of my junior year, my dad’s company offered him a free trip to Las Vegas. A trip like this would be anyone’s dream, right? When my parent’s told me we were going to Las Vegas, I was so excited, until I realized that I’m only 17. I saw myself sitting in a hotel room, watching pay-...

  •     In 2009, I took an eleven day trip to six cities in three European countries. On June 30th, we arrived in Barcelona, Spain. We stayed in Hotel Tryp Apolo. First we went to Las Ramblas where they sold everything from ice cream to jewelry and had an open air market that sold candy and fresh fruit...

  • We marched through the airport in a single-file line, like an army in training. It was appropriate, because that is how we felt.  We were mighty soldiers in matching shirts on our way to Nicaragua to rescue people from poverty and hunger.   I arrived in Nicaragua's airport and was immediately...

  • A Family of a Different Kind I love to travel. I Love the feeling you get from travel. There is nothing like waking up at four in the morning, jumping on a plane at eight, and too many hours and a sore bottom later, stepping off the ramp into another city. Or how about the long car trips? Snack...

  • Graffiti, rundown buildings, and lunar landscape engulfed my eyes as I ventured along the islands. I was not expecting to see any of those features at all! My family and I traveled to Hawaii in July of 2012. Not having been there before, we were expecting a lush, green place everywhere. As we...

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