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  • I am proud to be an American. Not everybody can say that. I am proud to be free. Not everybody can say that, either. Some people are born feeling patriotic. For me, it took a trip to our nation's capitol to figure it out. My trip to Washington, D.C. started the minute I stepped off the plane....

  • Passport in hand, I nervously make my way through the Lindberg terminal alongside my mom and her sister’s family. We have been invited to the wedding of my aunt’s foreign exchange student in Guatemala. An hour early, we look up at the flight scheduling only to find that our flight has been delayed...

  •   From the Smoky Mountains in the east, to the Mississippi River in the west, Tennessee is a must visit vacation hotbed. East Tennessee, despite no large cities, is filled with attractions ranging from amazing hiking at Great Smoky Mountain National Park, to Saturday gamedays in the fall for the...

    Tags: Tennessee, USA
  • My trip to Colorado started with a nine hour drive from Utah. The drive consisted of terrifying speeds on curvy mountain roads to nonmoving traffic. I usually like long drives, but this drive was a bit much. I would have gone literally insane if I hadn’t had music to listen to. My family chose to...

  • Growing up my childhood was characterized by tales of my parents’ homeland of Lebanon. My bedtime stories when I was younger consisted of vivid accounts of the sparkling blue water one saw while walking across the “Mina” (Arabic for boardwalk), and the history that filled the air above the...

  • Sometimes it takes traveling 600 plus miles away from home to be closer with the ones that you live with there. That is exactly what happened when my family decided to take a weeks vacation over spring break to Orlando, Florida, to escape the harsh and bitter cold winter of Minnesota. My brothers...

  • For centuries, New York has been a hot spot of settlers and travelers alike. Off of the bottom of New York sprouts a little island call Long Island and on Long Island is a little town called Islip and within that town is a little hamlet called Ronkonkoma. Ronkonkoma has a lot of sweet history...

    Tags: New York, USA
  • Growing up in downtown Grand Rapids I thought I was used to heavy traffic and lots of people. My first family vacation was a real eye opener for me. Waking up at 3:30 in the morning to catch a flight out of Chicago, me and my family were off to San Fransisco. I had no idea what to expect once we...

  •     I love orchestra trips.  Every year, my school’s orchestra heads to California for a long weekend of merry, good times and jolly memories.  The reason I am partial to these extensive, loud bus rides and infinite sleepless nights is, in fact, due to my love for orchestra and, conjointly, my love...

  •      Two years ago, my mom’s side of the family was hit hard when her father, my grandfather, or lolo in Tagalog, passed away. In order to attend his funeral, we were required to make the long trip to the Philippines from where we were currently residing, in Hawaii. I had visited the Philippines...

    Tags: Asia

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