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  • I sat down on the cold stone bench of the train station and glanced up at Alejandra’s shifting eyes when she chimed “Well, this is scary…just kidding,” she laughed. The funny thing was, she wasn’t kidding but I reassured “It’s only a two hour trip to Old Pasadena, we can’t mess that up”, I was...

  • This trip began on March 7th, 2012 and ended on March 10th, 2012; set for the “Big Apple” aka New York City, with nine women, including myself.  Yes, nine estrogen-filled women.  It sounded like a nightmare before it took place, but with assumptions set aside, it would be unforgettable because we...

  •   Three Years Later   My entire life has been a travel story, part of my history that will forever be improvised on my heart. It was not painted by just an experience, but by a new language, a culture, a foreign people, a life sacrificed and replaced by the reality of fear, danger, kidnapping, and...

  • In today’s society getting away from all technology is a hard thing to do, even when you travel the technology, like cell phones, is still a temptation for most teenagers. In the summer of 2010 my family and I traveled north to Fariystone National Park in Virginia where there was no cable,...

  •                                                                  Leap of Faith “3…2” As the bungee master counts down, I cut him off… “Wait, no, you have to start again, I wasn’t ready.” He starts again, “3…2…” I interject “Stop, okay, one more time, I am ready this time.” “3….2…1” As he counts...

    Tags: Pacific
  •             With city lights below me and the pitter patter of rain on my window, I was ready to see it. I wanted a beaming welcome. I wanted to see the lights of the Empire State saying come on in. I wanted the Chrysler to glisten and tell me I was home. But there was no shiny welcome, just a...

  • Since returning from Spain I have spoken to many people about my trip, mostly about my home stay, and my home stay family.  When speaking about my trip I always get the same question; did your family speak English?  In response I simply smile and say no.  The next question that follows is ‘well was...

    Tags: Europe
  •               Travelling to different countries is an extremely life-changing event that everyone should do at some point in their lives. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to travel to Colombia in the summer of 2007. Both my parents were born in Colombia, but I had never had the chance to...

  • "Stick? Stick? Es muy necesario!" A small boy with impossibly tiny wrists held out a long wooden stick, his dirty face full of hope. Our guide had warned us to look uninterested in purchasing a hiking stick, but my instincts betrayed me. A smile crept onto my face as I gazed at the boy under...

  • We are somewhere 30,000 feet over the French countryside and La Vie en Rose is playing on my iPod. For me, this is a moment I have waited for my whole life... Paris. Just the word evokes a magical picture in my mind of palaces, painters and baguettes. Now I, a 15-year-old from Cleveland, am...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris

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