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I did not arrive in Oaxaca until midnight; from the colectivo (shuttle), my first views of MÃ©xico terrified me: armed police on every corner, not something I see in my San JosÃ©, California, neighborhood. In daylight, however, I learned the true charm of the city, and of the simple...Tags:
Breathing in was like breathing in a new culture, adventure, and life - taking it all in at once. Here I was, along with twenty-one adults and students I’ve known most of my life, experiencing this. This is a place where there are millions of lives I am surrounded by and I don’t even know as much...Tags:
I now understand why people go to New York to try to fulfill their dreams. New York just has that special “it” factor. It makes you feel like you can do anything and be anything. Like when you look up and see those huge skyscrapers touching the clouds, or watch the actors on Broadway singing...Tags:
Last summer, before my Junior year of high school, my father, sister and I had decided to take a trip. As it turns out, our plans fell through. To understand why this was, you'd have to know that my parents are divorced, and I'd be lying if I didn't say there was a void between my father, sister...Tags:
Contrary to popular belief there’s more to Los Angeles than Hollywood celebrities, palm trees, and surfers. Within the massive heart of Southern California, northeast of downtown lies the San Gabriel Valley, home to the beautiful and historical city of Pasadena. From the “Granddaddy of them all,...Tags:
The amount of forethought and preplanning one does before embarking on a family vacation to a foreign country can mean the difference between a perfectly enjoyable trip and a disastrous one.When I went on a two and a half week trip to Italy last June with my family, we were able to have the most...Tags:
“Now, friends, we are going to the Stupid Pagodas in Dali!” exclaimed our new tour guide through the screeching microphone system as we depart from the Dali Airport. I thought to myself, it’s Stupor Pagodas! as the bus jerked while the driver shifted gears. It was day 5 of our China...Tags:
Sadness. Not a feeling one would associate with vacation. This is why my family and I, all 19 of us, were shocked at how sad we were on our seventh day aboard the ms Veendam. This Holland America cruise ship took us to two different ports in Bermuda. My family was celebrating our...Tags:
I happily pulled a less-than-ideal-in-100-degree-weather black cardigan over my shoulders and gazed up 450 feet to the world famous dome of St. Peter’s Basilica. Although I knew I would be sweating profusely within moments, I was still extremely excited to see the inside of the largest church on...Tags:
Every summer and winter, the bed of our pickup is crammed with duffel bags, covered with a tarp in the event of rain, quite probable in Seattle. The cooler is at Mom's feet, and my two brothers and I are stuffed in the back seat, each with our own bundle of stuff that was absolutely necessary to...Tags: