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  • This summer, my family and I went to go visit my grandmother, Nana, in Lancaster, California. Ever since I was a baby, my family and I had made several trips out to California to see Nana. However, this year was different because both of my siblings now have their own homes and because my...

  • It wasn't the fancy New York vacation we were expecting, with extravagant restaurants and the sights, or the classic family road trip. It was a Kosher nightmare for my goyishe sister and me, who felt constantly criticized by our orthodox Jewish uncle into not spending our money. Or having fun. When...

  • Over the Mississippi River and through the woods to the cranberry marshes we go. A small town in Wisconsin holds less then a 700 population but in the last full weekend in September thousands upon thousands tread the land. This is Warrens. Warrens, Wi may be a small town but it thrives, tourism...

  • A trust walk was nothing knew to me, and so, when our leaders ordered us into a silent line, I closed my eyes and laid my hands on the shoulders in front of me, sweaty with the surreal Israeli heat. Whispers and giggles floated effortlessly into the mid-summer air, anxiously awaiting an unknown...

    Tags: Africa
  • “ Hazme un favor y vaya al Alto de Tabor.” I foolishly accepted the task before even knowing what I was getting into. However, it was my mother’s wish, and whatever she wanted, I would fulfill, as I had three weeks to do what she hadn’t in twenty years. I was thousands of miles away from home...

  • Before January 2010, I had not traveled outside the state of California or on an airplane. Both my parents migrated from the country of Guatemala to the United States to find opportunity that was lacked in their country. On January 29, 2010 my dad passed away. Unfortunately, he was visiting...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I have two homes, one I’m emotionally tied to and the other physically. I lived in New Jersey for over half my life, now I live in Florida, and have for almost 4 years. We were supposed to be going to New Jersey for a family reunion last summer, but that just seemed too cliché. My mother and I...

  • Seattle  brews of its first Starbucks, statues of pigs in Pike Place Market and a city filled of intellectual morals values. It is true how Seattle is sleepless since the sun goes down by 11pm. It was the summer of 2009 and my family and I were heading to Seattle together for my brother’s college...

  •   Cartagena, Columbia.  People said we were crazy and at first, I believed them. I had read some stories myself.  It was that time of year when everyone was planning for their April vacation getaway.  Most people were going away to the Bahamas, Virgin Islands or some other tropical place like...

  • “I think that was the best $15 I have ever spent!” I exclaimed, hopping off my quad and walking over to my friends who were also taking in the enchanting beauty of the Nicaraguan beach that surrounded us. We had spent the last hour riding ATVs along “Playa Montelimar”. Thirty bucks for two people...

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