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  •    To go on a vacation is a wonderful luxary in which some people do only a few times in their entire life. With the times being how they are and my dad recently being cut from his job, getting away from the stressfull everyday life and enjoying what a beautiful country i live in gave me a whole...

  • At one point soon after the beginning of my senior year in high school, my dad casually mentioned that he was contemplating bringing me to New York City on his next business outing. He is a financial advisor at Merrill Lynch-Bank of America, and used to only travel around our home here in Michigan...

  • I was thrown into another world as my family and I rode in a fuel sucking tourist bus on our way to an all-inclusive resort in Puerta Aventuras, Mexico. The harsh reality I was forced to face through a dingy bus window had me stricken with guilt as I pried into the lives of unsuspecting families...

  • I sat in a curiously speckled kitchen, dotted with trinket cows. They were mounted to the wall, stuck on the fridge, poised on the stove, splashed by the aceite of many a meal. Tía Alba, as she is known in Chimaltenango, has a knack for the vaca. We were sitting at the fold-out table eating...

  • Just as I was finally drifting into a deep sleep, the plane unevenly touched to the ground.It freakishly wobbled to readjust itself. The whole trip had been beyond difficult. The eastern seaboard of India was not an easy place to get to. After three days, 6 different plane transfers and a faint...

    Tags: Asia
  • I was starving. The laughter and dirty jokes that came from my teammates couldn’t overpower the loud growl coming from my shrinking stomach. This is the pitfall in the life of a wrestler. We were seven wrestlers stuffed in a van heading to our division championship tournament. Not a soul in that...

  • Squinting against the midday sun, I breathed in the sweltering, Italian air; grateful for each meager gust of tobacco flavored wind. The soles of my flip-flops stuck to the freshly melted tar on the pavement. My art teacher, Miss Aliffi, shooed away an overly friendly street peddler as the rest...

  • One of the most memorable vacations I’ve had in the recent years was my trip to Yosemite National Park this summer. My family goes to Yosemite each year with Mario, my dad’s friend, and his family, but this year we also took my friend Erik, my grandma, and uncle. This vacation was memorable because...

  •  Life is full of moments. Happy moments, sad moments, I could care less moments, but most importantly it is full of those wonderful life changing moments. Those life changing moments sneak up on you when you least expect it. I certainly didn't expect any life changing moments when I prepared and...

  • HONK! HONK! HOOOOONK! “Don’t you see the stop light is red?!? That means don’t walk!!! Stupid people…” The taxi driver screeched at the seemingly unfazed pedestrians.  The mobs of foot trekkers continued to swarm around and among the passing taxis, ignoring the blaring horn and angry shouts. The...

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