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    First off, I live in an urbanized area in central Pomona. A lot of people who live closely, and/or hear upon news stories that Pomona may be a dangerous/unhealthy place to visit; but I disagree. I have lived in Pomona for the past 10+ years, and I have an entirely different perspective on the...

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    Gratefulness is a foreign word to many children in America.  Many American children don’t understand how easy their lives are compared to children in other countries.  Living in the poor country of Albania has allowed me to become more grateful for what I have.   When I was eight years old, my mom...

    Tags: Europe
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      Since I was in first grade, my dad promised to take me to the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Every year would come and go, but my dad still hadn't completed his promise to me. Soon enough I began to doubt my dad. The museum then became a mystery to my eyes, and to my heart. What...

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    On an oppressively hot day in mid-July, armed with hundreds of hastily assembled ham sandwiches and bundles of clothes, I climbed on a bus and rode with thirty other students through the dusty switchbacks of Juan Dolio. In forty-five minutes we’d pitched ourselves from the lofty suites of Los...

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    “We’re going on vacation this summer in our own backyard!” What? You got to be kidding me. I just graduated high school. I’m ready for one last outstanding family vacation to some exotic place where I can create lasting memories before I venture into the world of the unknown: college. Luckily, Mom...

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    This summer I went to Cairo, Egypt, It was one of the most influential experiences I have ever encountered. Thanks to my friend Nora I was granted this opportunity to go. Nora is Egyptian and used to go to school in Cairo, She tries to visit often and this summer, I decided to save up the money and...

    Tags: Africa
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    Tentatively, I set my gray, soon to be rust brown, boot onto the hard ground and out of the comfort of familiarity, the comfort of the known, out of the bubble that I had unknowingly lived in everyday of my life until that point. I was off the bus and in the village of Chilombo in Malawi Africa. ...

    Tags: Africa
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    As a lifelong resident of South Central Pennsylvania, I am very fortunate to live within an hour’s drive of three All-American vacation spots – Gettysburg, Hershey and Lancaster.  The scenic beauty that exists virtually within my “backyard” defines this special place that people worldwide know...

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    With a forceful surge of energy, I heaved myself up out of the chilling water, and collapsed onto the closest bench. The whole snorkel-boat shook -- “ though admittedly, it was scarcely more than a large white dinghy, having a maximum capacity of perhaps eight passengers. Gulping in the warm Baja...

    Tags: Caribbean
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    Barrio Logan is just south of the main hub of downtown San Diego. Barrio Logan is a highly diversified community, with a large population of Mexican and other Hispanic residents. The Hispanic name of Barrio Logan was Varrio Logan, which in Spanish meant Logan neighborhood. Through the years the...

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