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  • 2142862

    Mr. Boyer had given me yet another competition to audition for, the “U.S. All-American Marching Band Competition” (which was open to all high school seniors in America).  He had first nominated me to this competition, to see where it would lead.  Once MENC (the organization of the competition) had...

  • Feeding the Blue Iguanas petty much anything they want

    Up until three years ago, I never concerned myself about the world outside the United States. The most I knew about other cultures and foreign lifestyles came from what I read about in textbooks or had seen on the news or travel channel. During the summer of my freshman year, my family and I had...

  • Costa_Rica_001

     “Pura Vida” is a term that would exactly describe my adventures in Costa Rica -- Pure Life. It was my first trip outside the country, full of apprehension and excitement, a sublime state of mind. I arrived at the Charlotte Douglass Airport around 11:30 am headed for American Airlines. Most of the...

  • June_4_035

    The water was cool and refreshing. Something swam past at full speed. I spun, trying to watch it. And again, another brown comet flew through the water. I spun again, trying to watch them all at once. They were everywhere, and they were having a field day. So was everyone snorkeling. One came up...

  • florida essay 001

      Unlike many teenagers, I had only seen the ocean once. So, when my friend offered to take me on a vacation to Florida, my answer was of course, yes. Along with an all expense paid vacation to Florida, my friend told me we would be going to Disney, and also Universal Studios. I had always...

  • hampton

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  • DSC00427_2_

    The dazzling bright sky and the embracing summer breeze greeted us as we left the airport. For a moment, we stood there taking in the sweet smell of fresh-cut grass and the chatter of excitement we left behind. It had only been two years since the last time I set foot here, yet China seemed all but...

    Tags: Asia
  • meghan_s_kenya_091

    Some teenagers want to go to Hawaii or to Panama City for spring break with their friends. Not me. Some teenagers want to go to Hawaii or to Panama City for spring break with their friends. Not me. I wanted to spend my time in a rural village in Nakuru, Kenya for ten days with the people there. â...

    Tags: Africa
  • hager

    "Sweet dreams are made of these, who am I to disagree? I travel the world and the Seven Seas--everybody’s looking for something.”   June 21, 2009: Summer Solstice. Do you remember where you were or what you were doing? Probably not: the longest day of the year is not that big of a deal in America....

    Tags: Europe
  • eckart_emily

    There is nothing more thrilling than traveling to a foreign country with your best friends, seeing the ancient cities and treasures of a land steeped in history, and performing the music of the greatest composers before eager audiences. That was the remarkable situation in which I found myself the...

    Tags: Europe

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