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On the north shore of Lake Erie lies a little beach town named Crystal Beach. To most, who know Crystal Beach, the first thing they think of is the amusement park. They picture the Comet, creaking along the old wooden track. They hear the cries of excitement from Laff in the Dark and shouts of “...Tags:
Near the end of my sixth week in Japan, my host sister, Yu Miamori, and I were at a photo booth in a Tokyo mall. We took several pictures together and as we were decorating them she wrote "sisters" in Japanese on one photo. The then asked me, "How do I spell "sisters" in English?" I don't have a...Tags:
My eyes lock on the rosary dangling from the driver's mirror as he swerves down the foggy mountainside, chauffeuring 17 American teens to the first stop on their community service adventure in Costa Rica. I say my prayers, hoping this driver's style is unique among the Costa Rican populous. It...Tags:
What is it like? To be able to step out of this city, to step out of our own comfort zones called home and to see what’s beyond our borderline? I used to feel stuck - confined in a room, familiar to what was here, but ignorant to what was out there. It wasn’t until I had the opportunity offered to...Tags:
In the summer of 2011 my family and I took our traditional trip to Orlando, Florida. Every year we go there to “escape reality” for a few days. I was super excited! When we got there we were hungry so we stopped at Taco Bell to grab a bite to eat. I noticed as we walked in an older Caucasian...Tags:
Four months ago while talking to my uncle I decided that it was high time for a road trip. I started saving every penny I earned in my after school pharmacy tech job, in preparation for a month long road trip from Idaho through Arizona and California. On the first of July I left my life long home...Tags:
MORE THAN I IMAGINED As the car made its way past the Kansas-Colorado border, my heart suddenly began pounding faster than a set of drums in a band. This was really it…the enormous snow-capped mountains and beautiful scenery of Colorado about which I had heard. As we got within...Tags:
In January 2009, I was given the opportunity of a lifetime. My grandparents gave me a fully paid for cruise vacation for my sixteenth birthday and invited my best friend of eleven years as well. We were both immensely excited, planning for the trip months in advance. We thought getting out of cold...Tags:
“Good morning, sir. Which breakfast would you like?” I awoke and blinked a few times to adjust my eyes to the dimly lit, glowing, fluorescent lights of the Boeing 777. As the other uniformed flight attendants gently woke the rest of the sleeping passengers, I responded “uhh, the warm breakfast,...Tags:
For the past 17 years of my life, I have traveled back and forth to Italy almost every year. My mother is Italian and all of our family is located in the southern peninsula. For two months we would usually stay in our small town and not venturing out to other cities, but this all changed two years...Tags: