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     This past summer, the summer of 2008, I went to Paris and London with my grandparents. My father warned me numerous times before leaving that this wasn't going to be the same kind of trip that I am used to. My grandma, who fell down the stairs four years ago, has trouble walking. My grandpa has a...

    Tags: Europe
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    Sipping Hangzhou’s famous Dragon Well tea from a small plastic cup, I hear the company representative through our translator, who talks of the tea’s color, texture, temperature... I turn my gaze from the soft tendrils of steam drifting upwards from my tea, to outside the window onto the hills...

    Tags: Asia, China, Heritage
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    You know what? I just took an amazing trip to Kansas City, MO. I was there for the Academic Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics (ACT-SO), an Olympics of the Mind. Several things made this trip amazing. The Philadelphia ACT-SO team arrived in Kansas City at 11: 30 am on July 8, and...

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    I shut my door, let out a deafening exhale, and checked the only thing that had been on my mind since leaving the cheerful yet barren room in Doña Rosita’s hostel in the vibrant city of San Cristobal in Chiapas, Mexico. I opened my suitcase,  afraid to look. Then, I unwrapped what was once a...

    Tags: Caribbean
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    Sweat dripping down my back and feet crunching the dry earth, I pushed past tree boughs drooping in my path as I walked along the ridge of the Great Smokey Mountains on what has been referred to as its “spine.” Accompanied by my brother, the air surrounded us with a silence discovered only in the...

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    It's not everyday that two 13-year-old kids get the opportunity to travel with their father to places like New Zealand,  Rarotonga, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Tahiti. That’s what happened to my brother and I on Nov. 18, 2006.  The adventures and experiences that I had on the trip will stay with me...

    Tags: Pacific
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    My Trip to New Orleans     It all looked the same. Five years after Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, nothing has been done. How can the government forget about people like this? This past summer I went to New Orleans, Louisiana, and spent two weeks volunteering in the Lower-Ninth Ward...

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    My best days of vacation were spent in a tropical place near the equator with conditions of unbearable heat. It is out of the country, outside of the United States; in fact, it is located on the continent right below, South America. A whole different culture exists, and thoughts of new ways of...

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         When people find out how long I go on vacation, they get pretty surprised. I suppose everyone has a different concept of what going on holiday means, so I can't blame them. Every summer I spend six to eight weeks on the island of Corsica, in a village of about two hundred people called...

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      At the beginning of the summer my grandma, Rosa, aunts, Corina and Irma, cousin, Ivan, and I went to Las Vegas to celebrate the end of the school year, relax, and have fun. On our way there, while we were there, and on our way home lots of things happened to us. From this vacation my family...

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