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When we entered the Cibeles Palace in Madrid Sunday morning, trailed by a few early spring gusts, it was virtually empty, besides employees and a few Madrilenians tucked in corners of the offered reading spaces of the Palace. After wandering for a little while, my family and I stumbled upon a...Tags:
The date had finally arrived: March 5th 2008. My dance company had been planning this trip to New York for over six months. We would stay there for four days and see some of the most amazing sites in the world. The Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty, Radio City Music Hall, and...Tags:
Until June 2009, I had never flown on an airplane, left the country or broken a bone. But when I arrived in Tamarindo, Costa Rica, to study at the Coastal Spanish Institute all of that changed. I was on a school trip to study Spanish. Our school opted to place us with host families during our stay...Tags:
In 2009, my step-father, Dan, lost his job – what a bummer. My mom is a teacher, so she had the summer off, and now Dan had a lot of free time on his hands. They decided to take their kids, all seven of us, on a cross-country road trip. Yes, most people thought they were nuts! However, we set off...Tags:
The winding taxi ride from Pokhara to Ghandruk in the Annapurna mountains of central Nepal was brought to a halt with the taxi driver’s pronouncement of a “shortcut.” My parents had lived in Nepal and knew enough Nepali to confirm what our cabbie had said. Apparently this route was an easier way to...Tags:
I have discovered that Indiana is an awe-inspiring state, the scenery, the weather and the people will all make you want to stay. I decided to make my visit to Indiana in April 2012, it was supposed to be on an explorative basis but it turned to something more. A few days after my plane landed...Tags:
The opportunity to give, to meet the needs of those less fortunate, is one too precious to pass by. It was in early September of 2008 I received a call from Global Expeditions, an organization that operates in sending teens around the continents for mission work. For the first time in their twenty...Tags:
Butterflies swirled around in my stomach as the tan Sedan car turned the last curve on the smooth, asphalt road. The car was unusually silent. What could be said at a time like this? Anticipation thoroughly and completely consumed me. Even the cool stream of air flowing into the back seat still...Tags:
Two months ago my teacher informed my literature class that we would be taking an all-day hiking trip to a local national park. I cringed at the thought of climbing impossible hills and dripping in my own sweat all day. But along with my friend’s and my teacher’s convincing I decided to go on the...Tags:
Greasy takeout, kung-fu, and Jackie Chan are some of the stereotypes that come to mind when most people think of Chinese culture. Being of Chinese heritage, however, I have experienced the true essence of Chinese culture, especially so this past July when I visited Beidaihe, a seaside city in...Tags: