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  •     New York City. One would think that after traveling there for the fourth time it’d be monotonous and boring. Then again, “boring” isn’t exactly at the top of the list to describe NYC. In fact, the city itself is entirely enlivening! There’s a magic that attaches to the deepest of your nerves...

  • “?? ????? fanta ???????” Ukrainian for, “Do you have Fanta with ice?”  While traveling through Europe one thing that I have noticed about Europeans is, oddly enough, many prefer not to have ice in their drinks. Consequently, being an American and loving ice-cold soda, I always have to ask for ice...

    Tags: Europe
  •      Pigeon Forge is not just a vacation spot.  My family and I went last September for a week to just spend time together.  We usually stay in a cabin and just enjoy the Great Smokey Mountains.  It is so beautiful in the fall with all of the leaves changing to a bright yellow, red and orange.  We...

  • Some trips are worth remembering and others are just a vague memory. My trip to Hawaii however, is far from vague. About three years ago, my brother was diagnosed with brain cancer. He was only ten years old when he heard of his awful sickness. Just hearing the word "cancer" made my family think it...

  •      Australia, to me, has always seemed very different from my home in Washington State. Animals like, koalas and kangaroos and places like the outback and Great Barrier Reef set this country-continent apart. As a young boy watching The Crocodile Hunter, I dreamed of traveling Down Under though...

  • I’m from a very small town in Idaho called Kendrick, with a population of 369. One day I came across an email that said I had been nominated to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in a major city of my choice because of my interest in becoming a doctor. Although it sounded great...

  • Last summer my family and I traveled to the east coast for a historical vacation. We traveled from Washington D.C, to Pennsylvania, and finally to New York. While we were in Washington D.C.   we had the opportunity to visit a great number of the Smithsonians. I really enjoyed the American History...

  •             I wonder who said it first, the saying “there’s a first time for everything.” When I experience something different or unexpected, I often find myself joking around with this quote. Normally, the idea of the unknown is intimidating for me, but it simultaneously fills me with curiosity...

    Tags: Asia, China
  • As a French Language student at Palos Verdes High School, I was encouraged to sponsor an exchange student for a month during the summer of 2011.  Amelie Lejeune was from Luxembourg and from the moment we met we became life long sisters! After an amazing time in California, Amelie went home but...

  •   As I hung out the side window of our bus, a small girl brushed my arm and then whipped around to face her mother. “It doesn’t come off!” she exclaimed in astonishment. She spun back and proceeded to rub the “white powder” off my arm with renewed fervor. This incident was not an uncommon one as I...

    Tags: Africa

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