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  •  Seventy percent of the world is covered by water.  How many people have taken a second out of their busy lives to truly admire the beauty that lies beneath the surface?  On my trip to Aruba in July of 2009, I learned just how beautiful the world is.  The world beneath the surface is as mysterious...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • “I’ll go, but I really hate New York City.” “Of course you do. This is coming from the girl who hated the food in France, too. You’re about as cultured as a potato.”             I huffed at my friend’s comment, restraining my hand from smacking him in the back of the head. The way he saw it,...

  •       Many of the places I've been have only been within the United States, so it's easy to say that these places don't count, but when I was thirteen I went to Mexico to live with my grand parents for two months. Luckily enough for this essay I was actually truly changed and shaped from my...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • From my aunt’s hillside cabin in Silver Gate, Montana I could hear the strums of a guitar in the children’s park below.  My dad had already set up our chairs in the lawn so we could enjoy the music of a country band on the Fourth of July. I grabbed my camera and headed down the hill looking...

  • I have always said that some families buy nice cars or some families buy big houses, but my family, we travel. I have been to more than half of the United States, Mexico, Canada, and I have travelled extensively through Italy, Ireland, Germany, Costa Rica, and now Turkey. My family decided to...

    Tags: Europe
  • My stomach churned as I sat in the airport in Portland, Maine, on my way to JFK airport in New York. Businessmen make the quick flight quite often, but this particular flight would never compare to a businessman’s journey, and the experience to be had could never be repeated or reenacted by anyone...

  • Before, I knew it I was laying on my back! Let me take a step back. Red rover, yes red rover, there were over 70 girls playing red rover by the flag pole and it was my turn to go. Ready, set, go. I darted between two girls and before I knew it I was laying on my back on the ground. I have just...

  • In March of 2010 I was presented with the wonderful opportunity of visiting Mexico by means of a ship from Holland America Cruise line. We were going to visit three cities during our trip: Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Cabo San Lucas. Upon hearing of our family vacation, which in my experience...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • After eight hours of sitting in a cramped space we arrived in London. As we crawled through security, I thought of Europe’s promises: meeting my family from different parts of the world, exploring the legends of Scotland, and getting to try fish and chips! The reunion kicked off with a dinner...

    Tags: Europe
  • "Ciao, bella" Massimo greats me exuberantly as I slip out from the group and hand him my slip. "Cioccolatto, coco e lampone. Grazie." "Si," he hands me my cone. "Next? Ah! Maria! Bella! For you?" Maria orders, receiving a mountain of gelato, colorful and sweet, barely able to balance a top the tiny...

    Tags: Europe

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