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  • DSC02139

    Family Road Trip: Waking up at five a.m., quickly eating, and getting dressed with my eyes half open and my body pleading I go back to bed. But sleep is not an option when my parents are planning to be on the road by six a.m. Once I finally got into our sparkling blue van, I felt the ache of...

  • face painting Choir tour 2012_2

    Last Sunday, my choir and I took a trip that would impact our lives. We were headed to tornado alley in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where a tornado had struck a multigenerational community. Prior to the trip, I had been facing family problems, which I felt were tornados ripping through my household....

  • 220px-Belleville,_IL_Sign

    The place I identify with most is my hometown Belleville, Illinois. It’s a small town, so not many people know where it is, when people ask me where I live I usually say, “I live across the river from St. Louis”, because everybody knows where St. Louis is. Belleville may be small, but it does...

    Tags: USA
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    I’m sitting at the kitchen counter completing my Saxon Math, and I’m getting frustrated; the multiplication problems are so simple. I think to myself, “I thought third grade was supposed to be HARDER than second!” As the problems become more and more tedious, I turn on the TV. I see starving...

  • zip lining

    On October of 2010, my parents told my sister and me that we are going back to El Salvador during the Spring Break of April 2011 after 12 years. The last time I have been to El Salvador was when I was only 4 years old, meaning that I don’t remember a lot since then. I never knew my mom’s side of...

  • 016

    You probably think that Spring Branch and Bulverde Texas are in the middle of nowhere and have absolutely nothing for passersby to do. Although these towns may not be suitable to everyone’s needs, they are both charming in their own southern, Texas way. For adventure seekers, the beautiful...

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    Wind tangles through a flag suspended high above the central square. Red, green, and white, it wrinkles and snaps, catching the attention it deserves. A symbol of its people, it is a reminder that Cozumel, Mexico does not belong to the tourists who roam the streets. The cobbled pathways are crowded...

  • Costa_Rica_Letterhead

    Travel Journal: CostaRica Edition   In my opinion, travelling is the best way to learn about the different cultures of the world. No article (however descriptive it may be) can substitute the experience of setting foot in a foreign place. Through travel, we are given an opportunity to embrace the...

  • pr_vaca

      It was during my senior year at a new school that my family would be taking a vacation. It had become a rare thing to have a vacation especially when classes were in session. The third week of school was to be spent in Puerto Rico visiting family and beautiful places. Everyone was incredibly...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • IMG_2404

     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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