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  • I was waiting at the gate, exhausted and sleep deprived, just waiting to board the plane. It was an early August morning as streaks of orange and red were beginning to pour into the sky over Manila. How dreary I thought as I sat alone in anguish despite the pleasant sunrise . I was deluding myself...

    Tags: Asia, Soul Search
  • This was not the first time I had traveled to the Philippines. It was June 13, 2010 when I arrived with my family at PuertoPrincesaAirport at Palawan, Philippines. We were supposed to arrive the day before, but the plane we took to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific from LA was delayed and we missed our...

    Tags: Asia
  • Driving east down the Columbia River Gorge, the weather was perfect. Not too cold, no rain, and a starry, cloud free sky. Perfect weather for taking pictures of star trails. Getting off of I-84 at Rufus, OR, I started the drive up Scott Canyon Road. Coming over the hill, I started to see the red...

  • Stevens Institute of Technology, a name that once caused my heart to beat furiously as soon as it was spoken. However, the name itself was not what frightened me, it was the idea that I would have to live and interact with seventy one complete strangers for the next twelve days.  You see, I was...

  •      The most amazing place I have ever experienced is a little chunck of the shoreline on Lake Superior of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   I found it purely intriguing that there was such an amazingly beautiful place right there in my own home state!  Usually I think of Michigan as a pretty...

  • Traveling to different parts of the country has always been one of my favorite things to do. Every summer, my friend Sarah and I would conquer all of Cape Cod, including Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard. Every summer, my family and I would travel to Rhode Island to enjoy all that the beautiful beach...

  •             I never once actually expected my parents to agree to let me spend ten days alone in Mexico. Of course I would not be completely unsupervised—the trip was school-sponsored and would have plenty of chaperones—but it would be my first time traveling without my family. We prepared for that...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • “Car!” I yelled, and my sister Cathy and I squeezed onto the foot or so of sidewalk that was the only escape from traffic on High Street, the English equivalent to our Main Street in this small town of Totnes, England.  We had come to the UK to visit our elder sister who, today, had classes at the...

    Tags: Europe
  •       I’m the girl that has spent most of her life ignoring my surroundings. One day, I dreamt of something beautiful. It consisted of palm trees, salty beaches, seagulls, and movie stars. The buildings were gorgeous; the people were so proper and so sophisticated. They wore their Versace...

  • In the summer of 2010, I took a road trip with my family from Grand Forks, North Dakota across the state to mountainous Medora. An hour into our first hike after arriving, we accidently became split up. I decided to climb to the top of a near peak to look out around the valley and find them. This...

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