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  •         My hometown in Pennsylvania is a small one, complete with farms, one traffic light, and one main road. To anyone who doesn‘t live here permanently, it‘s an escape. However, to those of us who live here, it‘s anything but. It lacks well, everything; in my opinion at least. So, when it came...

  •       “It’s a Small World after all.” Many recognize the phrase, or have heard the song. But the truth of such a comment only became apparent to me after my visit to Austria, Italy, Switzerland and France this summer. As a student ambassador with People to People, I paid my $6,000 and-something fee...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • Aladdin and Princess Jasmine had the right idea when they sang “A Whole New World.”  That is what I was looking at after I stepped off the plane in Delhi, India.   After almost an entire day of travelling, I had finally arrived.  I had no idea what to expect as I walked off the plane.  Little did I...

    Tags: Asia
  • In April of 2008, my family and I lived in South Africa. It was our second, and last year there (we were to move to Seattle in June). South Africa is a country of which one hears amazing things- beautiful landscapes, hospitable people, cultural- but one also hears the awful things, especially when...

    Tags: Africa
  • Last April I packed my bags and headed off for my first real overseas adventure. Accompanied by my aunt, grandfather, and brother, I boarded the KLM flight bound for Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam to trace my Dutch heritage. At well after 9pm, I settled in for the eight hour flight during which hot...

    Tags: Europe
  •      I knew what city my mom was born in: Chicago. I knew what city my dad was born in: Damascus. However, I never truly got to drive through my culture and watch the images of what make me up zoom past the window. This was up until the summer of 2008. I had my new camera (a little pink point and...

  •  It was winter time of 2009 in South Florida when my family and i decided to take a vacation trip back home to Peru. Of course i was excited more than ever because it is where i was born and grew up until a certain age. On this trip i was allowed to take one of my best friends along, which made...

  • The French culture has always been present in my life. My fascination stems from childhood; family members and friends constantly told me that the French culture was refined, the people were sophisticated, and that the cuisine was exquisite. Naturally, I began to form romantic views of France; I...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  • 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...

  • As far as trips go, mine was quite long. I spent five years of my life in Okinawa, Japan. It was amazing. Setting aside the fact that I was there as a military dependent and went to schools on base, the trip was quite meaningful to me. This may be due to the fact that it was some of the most...

    Tags: Asia

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