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  • “Is it even legal for a motel to be in this bad of shape?!” That was the first thing out of my mouth as we pulled up to the sketchiest shack I’ve ever seen in my life. My mom and I were road tripping from our home in Colorado to Vermont and we were trying to find a place to stay for the night in...

  • The summer following my sophomore year of high school I had the unbelievable opportunity to travel to the British Isles and Paris, France for nineteen days. I traveled with my two best friends along with ten other students from my school, and thirty others from all around the county. The trip was...

    Tags: Europe
  •  Ames, Iowa provides many opportunities to experience American culture and become immersed in American history. Since the mid 1800s, Ames has become a booming college town. Culture has had lots of time to flourish in this time, and evidence of the age of this town can be found everywhere....

    Tags: Iowa, USA
  • As I tossed my bags into the back of a bus bound for Washington D.C., I smiled at my best friend, and we exchanged knowing looks. Our long-term expectation of going to D.C. was finally unfolding before our eyes! It was the summer before my sophomore year, and I was traveling to Washington D.C. for...

  • Imagine a tropical paradise just a few steps away from your door. For me this is a reality and not just a dream. I live in one of the most magical places in the world, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. While I call this place home, many others flock to this amazing place throughout the year as an escape...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • My mother is terrified of flying. Her feeling extends beyond fear into a kind of paranoia -- a sickening feeling that humans were meant to be earth-bound, not to traverse the skies. Consequently, I have never been on a plane before, but horrific stories of crashes, hijackings, and bombings have...

  • Scalding fountains and multi-colored pools were only a few of the magnificent sights I was encountering. Yet the fountains weren’t man-made, and the multi-colored pools weren’t the work of any earthly artist. I was in an other-worldly place; a hot, barren moon on earth. The memories from those long...

  • In our first trek into the third world my family left for Costa Rica during the winter of 2010. What I had envisioned to be a tropical paradise with expansive sailboat harbors and multi-million dollar beachfront homes much like the Cayman Islands was disproved by our five hour drive from the...

  • There is no greater gift on earth than hope. From the rich to the poor, all seek hope in a new day, a better tomorrow, and a bright future. It is the root of which motivation blossoms; it is the sparkling emotion which gives humanity its purpose to continue through the hardships of life. Hope...

  • I watched helplessly as my father continued to make a fool of himself. "You sure you don't want any help?" I asked. He grumbled as he reached for the bag of stakes. "I don't think-" "I know what I'm doing Zach, I've been doing this for forty years!" He barked. I sighed and crossed my arms. I stared...

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