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  • So what is the 626? The 626 generally covers the San Gabriel Valley area in Los Angeles, California which includes Arcadia, El Monte, Pasadena, West Covina, and my hometown, Monterey Park. This area is predominantly a mix of Asians, Whites, and Hispanics. Monterey Park, which is also known to...

  • In the summer of 2007, I set out on a journey with over 40 students to explore places that I had dreamt of since childhood; Ireland, England, Wales, France, Belgium and the Netherlands.  For all but a few of us, this would be our first European experience.  43 teenagers getting ready to leave home...

    Tags: Europe
  • In Maryland, a state known as "America in Miniature", the city of Hanover rightfully deserves a title of "Maryland in Miniature". Although, no such title exists, the unincorporated locality presents an inconspicuous progression from semi-rural farms to luxury hotels towering 15 stories high with...

    Tags: Maryland, USA
  • 'Smells like India!' someone exclaims from the back of the plane. Even the weariest passengers laugh at the veracity of the comment. We all file out of the plane, exhausted after over 24 hours of plane flights and airport waits.   Yet fatigued as I am, I prepare myself for the adventure I face...

    Tags: Asia
  •   Speaking Without Words             Language is the key to communication. This, however, isn’t the case for Adam and me. Since I am not able speak but a couple words of Chinese, there are very few people that I can actually verbally communicate with in China. Like in the United States, children...

    Tags: Asia
  • Italy. The name is even gorgeous; as if the country’s boundless beauty kissing every hill and street was not enough. This past March my parents, my brother, and I embarked on an oversea adventure. Upon arrival in Rome, not only did the cigarette smoke and the hustling of the busy city make my head...

  • A little over two years ago, my family got a chance to take a trip to the New England area of the United States because of a benefit my father had gained at his workplace. While we were able to experience the sights and entertainment of New York, Boston, and Washington, attending a Blue Man concert...

  • Something about the atmosphere of the place. With the off-white cement walls instead of the familiar red bricks from home. The green shutters complimenting the abundance of flowers. The subtle smell of lavender and mint. Just a hint that causes me to jerk my head in search for more. And suddenly I’...

    Tags: Europe, France
  • It was a hot summer afternoon a few years back, along the southern borders of Pakistan. The air was humid and overlade with a homely scent of pollution and samosas. Everywhere there were sounds of people shouting, taxis rumbling, and vendors selling things at the local bazaar. The day was not...

    Tags: Africa
  • I went to New York during my Spring Break of my school. The weather was not cold, and not hot. Everything was perfect for us to travel. This was not my first travel to New York, but New York has so many things to see. So it was not boring at all. I always feel that energy every time I go there...

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