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Early this year, my maternal grandmother arrived in America for the very first time. It is her first trip out of Vietnam. She now settles in San Francsico, California where she lives with my mother's sister. She is aged 64. It was only during the summer holiday period that I was able to see her...Tags:
Life is a lot like climbing a mountain. There are the ups, the downs, the “are we there yet?” moments, and the moments when you wonder where the trail will lead. From the forested Blue Ridge Mountains to the United States’ westernmost peaks, my life is bounded by the heights I choose to conquer....Tags:
My fantastic city of Saint Clair Shores often referred to as “The Gateway to the Great Lakes”. You will have boundless access to plenty of recreational opportunities both on land and water. There are three waterfront and ten neighborhood parks to come and enjoy. Where you can sit by the lake or...Tags:
During the summer of 2009 for two and a half weeks, I took a trip that went to two different countries; one is where the Kiwi is their native bird and the other is referred to as the Down Under. I was fortunate enough to travel to New Zealand and Australia last summer with a People to People...Tags:
In August 2010 I received a casual call from my grandmother. Not a minute into our conversation, she invited me to accompany her to Germany and France that December for an eight-day cruise on the Rhine River to visit the Christmas markets. Needless to say, just a few months later I found...Tags:
Bright lights. Crowded Streets. Seas of buildings. Such assets comprise the typical formula of countless cities—and New York City is no exception. Media often glamorizes New York, along with other cities; so as a Californian utterly familiar with urbanization, I naturally had some skepticism...Tags:
Being human, whenever we imagine a place that is different, based more on fiction than fact, we create stereotypes of how that place “really” is. For example, upon telling my friends back in Houston, Texas that I would be visiting Alaska, the most common response involved Eskimos. However,...Tags:
Summer was fast approaching, and I was still pondering which summer program to do. I had become excited about the possibilities of marine biology as a future career, yet learning to scuba had been a dream of mine for several years. And then there was also the reality that, were I lucky enough to be...Tags:
Not only have I lived in Austin, TX my whole life, but it's my favorite city in the whole world. Every corner you turn, there are tons of people that just want to have fun. Whether you live in Austin or are just visiting, the city is filled with all kinds of different and fun things to do, and...Tags:
Travel truly is one of life's splendors. If we all sat in our homes watching television and pondering the meaning of life, we would never have the opportunity to open ourselves to the world. For me, travel has been a welcome release from my typically mundane and horribly normal life. Though I...Tags: