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  • Vacations are always fun -- isn't that what everybody thinks? There's the magnificent state of Hawaii to go to for surfing or mountains to go to for snowboarding, maybe even Europe for breath-taking arts. So many places to go, and all of them seem enjoyable. One place, although, altered my life....

    Tags: Africa
  • During my junior year of high school, I took a trip to Italy with my high school. The trip was probably the best trip I have ever been on. We stayed at an American base that was established over there. The first day we just kinda relaxed and got to explore the surrounding area, but the following...

    Tags: Europe
  • Our flight arrived in Athens, which first appeared to be like any city, but she was soon revealed as a unique integration of modern buildings and ancient ruins. The Acropolis sits on a plateau above the city on display for the world to see. I was entranced by Athens’ history and beauty by day, but...

    Tags: Europe
  • From September 13, 2008 until June 28, 2009 I was a part of a foreign exchange program called the Aspect Foundation. For the ten-month duration of my junior year of high school, I was welcomed into a family of four from the small pueblo of La Almunia de Doña Godina (Zaragoza), Spain. While there I...

    Tags: Europe
  • I was nervous that first day, as my parents helped me unload my suitcase next to the airport terminal. They hugged and kissed me goodbye as I departed into the terminal, not to see them again for five weeks. Twenty four hours later I landed in Damascus, Syria completely exhausted but ready for...

  •               Sunday, July 19, 2009 – Kunming, Yunnan Province, China.  Daylight.  When I found out earlier in March that my application to enroll in “Hanban’s Confucius Institute for American and British High School Students” was accepted, my initial reaction was that of elation – my fingers...

    Tags: Asia
  • The Caribbean-like blue waters are seen from every angle as they shimmer in the daylight. The city is dotted by small businesses along a bay front that extends for miles without a high rise in sight. Summer months attract thousands of people to the popular Cherry Festival where there are dozens...

    Tags: Michigan, USA
  • I think it is safe to say that I spent the entire summer traveling - literally by plane, train, and automobile. Despite the comfort of a Southwest Airlines plane, the surprising spaciousness of an Amtrak train, the (sometimes) closed coziness of an AC Transit bus, or the familiarity of my family...

  • The boat pulled away from the dock as the hot sun beats down and sizzled our pale faces. As the craft accelerated down the Ohio the air cooled and balanced out the heat of the sun. My family and I had just left a little town on the Ohio River known as Derby. As the boat leaped over waves from a...

  • I would walk five hundred miles“Welcome to London.”Over a ten-mile trek through the city, I tripped on cobbled sidewalks and absorbed the sights around me—double-decker buses, towering Big Ben, red telephone booths, and majestic remnants history found in buildings around the corner. Through the...

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