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  • Spring break, 2009—It is a grey, cloudy sky at Auschwitz. With a group of friends and teachers, the air, cold and wet, is inhospitable to our arrival. We approach an open courtyard outside the gates, the meeting point of the tour, and are greeted by a young Polish woman in a white, puffy overcoat....

    Tags: Europe
  • This travel story is really two stories in one. The first is a story of a family taking the American Dream Vacation. The other is a story about self discovery.   My mom, 3 siblings and I took the dream vacation of a life time. We spent 5 weeks tent camping out west, going to 15 national parks.  It...

  •   In June of 2008, I was surprised with a trip to Africa, but this wouldn’t be just any trip to Africa. I was going to South Africa with my Aunt Dwana to visit Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. I had been to many places before, Brazil, Paris, Bahamas, but I knew this trip would be...

    Tags: Africa
  • An abrupt silence fell over the previously boisterous bus. I had never seen anything resembling such an area in my entire life. I could not have imagined anything similar. Compared to the slum area we had just entered, the worst neighborhoods in the United States seemed upscale. All of us were...

  • I have been on many great vacations through my years. But only one of those vacations made me realize how fortunate I am and how good my life was. It made me more thankful and appreciative of what I have in my life. It all began Spring Break of 2005. My family decided to drive down to Texas and...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • When I Was 16...       I haven't been here since I was 18 months old. Everything is different, the smells, tastes, views, even the way they measure things! Right now I'm in Ramstein-Miesenbach, Germany in line with my dad at the grocery store standing next to an old women who speaks nothing but...

  • For the second time in my life, my mother, sister and I decided to go to Iran. The decision to leave my father behind for three weeks while we explored the cities of Tehran and Shiraz was comprehensive. Iran was listed on the US State Department's List of top ten places not to go if you are...

    Tags: Africa
  • La Mirada. When I say this name aloud, it does not strike me as a place that is grand or filled with urgency and movement. Instead, if I did not live here I would pass it up as just another city within the immense confines of the United States. However, upon further inspection, you would find it...

  • When most people think of Las Vegas, they think of the hotels, the casinos, the gambling, and losing all their money; however, for me, Las Vegas - the city that never sleeps - is home. The past 9 years of my life has been spent in a city where most people go & assume residents live in the...

  • “Oh boy.” There it was in the sparkly pink ink on the calendar. Grandpa’s and my hiking trip up to WallaceFalls, Goldbar, Washington -- this morning. I clicked my tongue with distaste at the thought of spending several hours out in the woods with my Grandfather. My grandfather who had a tendency to...

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