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Nine hours in the air, three airports, a six hour time change, two opposite climates; spring break 2005 in Maui, Hawaii. Every year we went to a different place for spring break, and for the most part the agenda was the same each time. We would fly out of O’Hare International where snow still...Tags:
Screams of delight! We’re going on a green plane with a clover on it! AHH! We all jumped up and down taking pictures of our airplane ride that would take us to Dublin, Ireland. One would think we’re a group of little kids or very tacky tourists. We live in an American Military base overseas and...Tags:
- Alive and Coarse and Strong and Cunning (Or, How I Learned to Be Independent by Getting Lost in Downtown Chicago)
(Title taken from Chicago by Carl Sandberg)The thing about going to Chicago is that you have to realize the city will inevitably steal your heart. With skyscrapers stretching to the crowds, the hustle and bustle, and the occasional rumbling of the El-train, Chicago is somehow simultaneously modern...Tags:
Experience, travel-these are as education in themselves. -Euripides As Saint Augustine wisely said, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” Travelling stands out as a major part of any person’s life. Whether a man has travelled across oceans or just across...Tags:
Tick, tock, tick, tock. As Amal Ahmed Albaz made her way across the stage, she uttered these simple yet frightening words. Words that warned me of my fleeting youth. The room was pitch black, black as coal, - except for the ray of light, exuded from the passion within Amal. As she began her...Tags:
Some people might think that a campus tour is something trivial and tiring, but I think that it is something exciting and intriguing. My campus tour to the University of Texas (UT) at Austin had to be one of the most memorable things that I have done this summer. I remember being...Tags:
/*-->*/ Mexico was a life changing experience. It taught me how to live. Seeing people strive for happiness with only the simple things made me appreciate my life. In Mexico, 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line (www.mexico-child-link.org). This statistic made me want to...Tags:
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...Tags:
My family and I are a frequent at Shell Beach and its many beautiful surrounding beaches. We find the atmosophere to be so peaceful, the air pure in our lungs, and the crispy morning air a humbling thing. We have visited so many times, and the crime there is almost non-existent that my brother...Tags:
Last summer I found myself discontent and unsatisfied with the current state of mind. Living in a small, rural town in northern Georgia I often find myself disoriented from the general interests and beliefs of those around me. Not that they’re not good people, its just that when one is...Tags: