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  • Traveling with family has its benefits, but nothing is better than exploring Peru by yourself with nothing but a backpack, a cell phone, and a wad of cold hard cash. Over the course of this year I’ve become addicted to traveling by myself, exploring the country I grew up in. So when I heard that my...

  • I had passed through Charleston many times before; stopping for doctor appointments and had always felt close to the city, but never before had I experienced it quite this way. I had become disabled due to a genetic illness two years before, which sometimes confines me to a wheelchair. Although a...

  • 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...

  • I never realized how truly blessed I am to live in the United States. I know I wouldn’t normally admit this, but I have not been as appreciative as I should be. That changed this past summer.  I began a collection in May to help the needy children in Nicaragua, a small country in Central America. I...

  • The Island of Japan did more for me than be any amazing tourist location. I not only went and stayed in Japan, but I was a foreign exchange student on a full scholarship. I made life long friends, experienced new foods and cultures, and found out characteristics about myself that I never knew...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring, Japan
  • So many people believe that vacation is all play and relaxation. These people seem to forget all the preparation time and planning it takes to make a vacation possible. My vacation took place in June of 2007, and there are two parts to it.   The first week of my vacation was spent at Girl's State,...

  •             As the gates covered in barbed wire opened with a loud creak, I remember thinking that this was not what I had signed up for. I had a short sense of panic when I realized the bus was pulling away from the house to drop each student into his or her own state of isolation. Hastily putting...

  • I am passionate about languages. English. Spanish. Chinese. Italian. Greek. To be able to communicate with others from different cultures and backgrounds inspires me. In my philosophy, a language not yet learned is a stone unfortunately left unturned. The pursuit of mastering languages drives me....

    Tags: Europe
  • "Go with your gut feeling." This quote definitely played a part in my hiking adventure with my brother one humid July afternoon in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. We were walking down a typical trail having a leisurely  time exploring when all of a sudden I spotted a giant sign to our right....

  • My parents and I left for Budapest on the same day as the first major snow-storm of the year. Our flight was scheduled at seven in the evening, but the foreboding weather inspired us to leave for the airport at 9:00AM, reaching at noon. We ended up spending ten hours in John F. Kennedy...

    Tags: Europe

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