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  •      My older cousin, David, lifted our raft above his head and motioned my brother, Ben, to carry the other end. I grabbed the oars, following my parents up the ragged stone path that led to our adventure.             In Deep Creek, Maryland, there is not much to do during a family reunion except...

  •     When my aunt Laura called from Canada and asked if my sister and I could visit, I did not know what to think. Going somewhere, completely new for the first time can be hard. My sister and I were traveling as minors, so that was also a struggle. During the flight, I met this lady that took so...

  • My parents gave me a gift that has aided me throughout my entire life and will continue to be proven useful well into my old age. It is not a gift that was wrapped and presented on a holiday, nor was it something that was given at birth that can be tracked down in my genetic code. I was not given...

  • Imagine yourself an eight-year-old child waving goodbye to your oldest sister and Grandma as they leave for a trip to South America. Then three years later waving goodbye to your second oldest sister as she leaves with Grandma for the Panama Canal. Now, after eight years of anticipation, your...

    Tags: Europe
  • As a junior in High School I received the honor of being able to participate in a school-sponsored trip to Europe. The main stops on our journey were Paris, France, Madrid, Spain, and Barcelona, Spain. The trip was, as a whole, a wonderful experience but there are a few suggestions I would give to...

    Tags: Europe
  • I was recently visiting family in New York City, a place I love for its excitement and energy.  I had made appointments to tour both NYU and Columbia University, hoping against hope (or hoping against my bad grades) that I might be able to go to school at one of those prestigious universities....

  • Sitting in a car for eighteen hours can drive some people crazy. Luckily, I am not one of those people. What could have been a long and boring drive for others turned out to be an eye opening experience for me; an experience that made my desires very clear to me. My family and I were on our way to...

  • There were sixteen of us boarding the plane that sunny May morning – twelve students and four chaperones.  After weeks of being drowned in soap bubbles, buried under piles of garage sale fodder, and going hoarse from shouting “Bake sale today!” we were finally on our way.  Mrs. Christensen, our...

  • Stepping into a room filled with nakedness, I wondered to myself just what I got myself into. Japanese ladies were walking in every direction, into steams of hot baths and scorching hot spring water. Was it awkward to see them without a swimsuit on? Yes. Being a 16 year old from California, seeing...

    Tags: Asia
  •   A Jewish proverb states that “No matter what happens, travel gives you a story to tell.” In my experience, this is true in every way. A perfect example is one of my family’s most memorable vacations. During mid-winter break last February, my father thought it would be the perfect time to take a...

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