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July 4, 2014, and New York seemed to go hand in hand. My family and I arrived in New York to be kissed by light rain and embraced by dim sunshine. Our disgruntled taxi cab driver could have cared less about the weather, but to have such a gentle greeting from New York skies seemed a harbinger for...Tags:
My adventure to Spain and France was the highlight of my life. My trip started before the other travellers. The night before I departed, I lay in bed thinking of everything that was going to unfold over the next thirteen days. I thought of the food, the people, but most of all, the dreams and...Tags:
This year, I was able to go to Puerto Rico. Although the plane ride was quite long, about 6 hours, it was well worth the wait. We had visited oceans like Crash Boat and Isabella. The ocean was blue and clear. You could see through the water and see your feet and the sand. The weather and ocean...Tags:
Lost. That’s what I was last summer before I went on a life altering adventure to France, Switzerland, Austria, and Italy. I had devoted sixteen years of my life to being the best I could be in school. My grades showed that I had potential, but numbers on a report...Tags:
For reasons too complicated to describe, my older sister, Sommer, decided to have an exotic wedding in a foreign country, which none of my poor family would be able to attend. Therefore, Sommer invited us to a reception, before the wedding. After all, it wouldn't do to have a new brother-in-law...Tags:
Imagine green, lush trees as far as the eye can see. Imagine catching fireflies every night and seeing deer every morning. Imagine picturesque houses, scenic drives, and lovely views. However, every good side has a bad side lurking behind it. In this case, the bad side included high temperatures,...Tags:
When my mom first told me that we were going to my uncles wedding in Culebra, Puerto Rico, I was beyond psyched. I had never traveled any further than a couple hundred miles from my home in Alabama, much less traveled overseas to a Spanish-speaking culture. Just the thought of it...Tags:
On May 26, 2012, my senior class of twenty-six people set out for Garden City South Carolina for our senior trip. When most people think of the term "Senior Trip", partying, drinking and many other outlandish things come to mind. As high school seniors we want to have one last blowout party with...Tags:
There are two things you should know about my family. The first thing is that we’re from Southern California. The significance of this is that we’re not well adjusted to the weather common on the East coast. Our summers are as dry as they are hot. The second thing is, as much...Tags:
I could see the hurt, the pain, the sting of shattered hope; it was staring right at me. And what could I do but stare right back? But there was more: bitterness, distrust, anger, and to a degree - hatred; all focused directly at me and my companions. The drastic and potential violence of the...Tags: