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  • I have always been captivated by stories of people who, when traveling abroad, became consumed by a “larger than life” feeling – the powerful sensation that there is something bigger out there than the mundane hum of a small New Jersey town.              “Beware of the bug,” I was told prior to...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • The relationship between capitalism and communism is something I have studied in history class since the ninth grade. The inherent struggle between the selfishness that fuels accomplishment and the sense of community that prevents such gains has always permeated my courses in some way or another,...

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  • In January, I visited Morocco with my grandmother. It was the first time I'd ever visited a country and seen how most people really live there: I met with Moroccans in the town and in the desert -- real nomads who spoke no English and relied on our translator to communicate. I was worried about...

    Tags: Africa, Exploring
  • We left for Tuscany, Italy on the night of my dad's birthday. The flight was at night and I planned on sleeping the entire way there since I had never taken an eight hour long flight and was very nervous. When we landed in Italy it felt like an eternity until they let us leave the plane, I could...

    Tags: Europe
  • I was a month from turning 18 when I stuffed myself, my iPod, my book, and my suitcase in the backseat of my parents' car for a weeklong visit to my aunt and uncle in Rifle, Colorado.  This was no "two hour tour", as my mother insists that driving is cheaper than flying, and that one can only...

  • In the summer of 2006, I traveled to Paris, France with my family. It was the trip that completely changed the way in which I viewed different cultures and people from other countries. Thankfully, I was able to speak a little French when I was there because I had taken one year of French class. Of...

    Tags: Europe
  • I'm standing at the bow of the Maid of the Mist as it struggles up the Niagara River. The temperature gradually declines and I shiver as the fog thickens. Surrounded by the cool vapor, I close my eyes and all I can hear is the thunder of the powerful rapids. When I open my eyes, I can barely make...

  •   Steady snowfall for hours on end, temperatures below 30 degrees, and dropping, mounds of snow heaped up on the sides of the roads, and it just so happened that as the state of New Jersey was experiencing these weather conditions, I was midair headed to Florida for a cruise with family and...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Our youth group had been looking forward to our trip to Montego Bay, Jamaica for months. After multiple fundraisers we were all able to go! The organization we went with was called Praying Pelican Missions. Excitement and anticipation surged through my body as I gazed at the clear, blue water...

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