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  • All I did was mention that I wanted to visit China, and my mom just had to bring up her idea of me going to the overseas Chinese teachers’ training course in Da Lian. My older sister took the teachers’ training course in Beijing summer of 2007, so my mom was hoping that I’d follow in her footsteps...

    Tags: Asia
  • It was the end of the school year; the time when students are antsy for summer to begin. I couldn't wait for the last day because four days later, I was headed to the great state of California on a roadtrip with my mother, grandma, and eight year old sister named Meredith. The night before our...

  • As a 15-year-old, when I heard that my family was taking a trip to the Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, I was far from keen. But as I stepped into the one-of-a-kind Cloud Forest I was transported to a world far from the crowded streets and tall skyscrapers of Singapore. The...

    Tags: Asia
  • As my parents and I drove south from visiting Helena, Montana and headed toward Yellowstone National Park, my spirits soared. After hours of breathtaking beauty, and even a moose sighting, we reached the Old Faithful Inn, exhausted but happy, and took our bags to our rooms. My room was the front...

  • Bare feet pound on the hardwood floor; dark silhouettes move across the warm yellows and oranges aglow from overhead chandeliers; rhythmic tones echo across the tall walls of the abandoned church from fiddles and guitars. Bodies sway, dance and spin; hearts pound, sweat drips, and my eyes lock...

  • When I finished 7th grade, my sister, Ashley, told me she wanted to take me to Costa Rica for my 14th birthday.  She had just finished a study abroad program in San Jose. I was so happy because this would be my first time out of the country. And for my birthday!  How cool! La Ciudad On August 3,...

  • My family car slows as we cruise into Alexandria, Virginia. The sights and sounds of a big city are unfamiliar to me -- as is the lack of green. Small town Wisconsinite that I am, my first glimpse of Washington, D.C. makes my heart give a little jolt. It's love at first sight. I've always been a...

  • On March 30, 2011, I got on a plane with my Mom, Grandma and Uncle in LA, California and headed to Perth, WA.  When we arrived, My Grandpa was there to greet us. He has been working/living there for the last 2 years on a government contract.  We drove to our hotel, Quality Resort Sorrento Beach...

    Tags: Pacific
  • What a spring break it was! Fifty students and adults from my high school toured Greece and Italy from March 25th through April 14th. Our journey back in time began in the city of Florence where we went on walking tours with our guide and visited ancient Italian Churches and the Gates of Paradise....

    Tags: Europe
  •            I have heard a vacation allows you to escape the problems that occur in everyday life. For me this escape came in the form of an extended girls’ weekend from Michigan to Tennessee with my best friend and our mothers.      We left my house at seven a.m., and by eight Jordyn and I were...

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