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  • I had never really traveled, never had any unique experiences other than our usual summer camping trips. But, one day, my mom presented me with an opportunity to go to Costa Rica. To me, this “opportunity” didn’t seem real, it was more like something that would simply be cool to do, but never...

  • My memory serves me well; I can vividly see the novel, distinguishing architecture of McCormick Place West as it proudly stands in the outskirts of Chicago. I remember taking that first step into the building and being hit with a wave of utter amazement. Words cannot begin to describe how I felt....

  • Aladdin and Princess Jasmine had the right idea when they sang “A Whole New World.”  That is what I was looking at after I stepped off the plane in Delhi, India.   After almost an entire day of travelling, I had finally arrived.  I had no idea what to expect as I walked off the plane.  Little did I...

    Tags: Asia
  • Finally, the day I had worked extremely hard for to board my flight all the way to Hawaii, was here. I had dreamed of waking up on the beach at my own leisure and being pleasantly entertained by fire dancers and hula girls, just like any other dream vacation to Hawaii, right? After boarding my...

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    Tags: Europe
  • Curled up in a beach chair, I hunt the myriad of specks for a streak. Flanked by two best friends, all fighting for a piece of the blanket, I search for luck in the Shenandoah sky -- a shooting star. To a flat-lander (dubbed so by mountain-folk), shooting for the stars involves a high probability...

  • It was almost 10 o'clock at night, and, yet, the temperature was still near ninety degrees. A crowd had formed in the central hub on Main Street, U.S.A., and I could feel the excitement as everyone anxiously awaited the beginning of Wishes!, the fireworks show that lights the night sky above the...

  • You may think I am crazy when I say I spent Spring Break 2010 over four thousand miles away from home, with not my immediate family, but my second family, the Menasha High School Marching Band, in Madrid, Spain.  Let me just say waking up at 3:00 in the morning to drive four hours to Chicago, only...

    Tags: Europe, Spain
  • I arrived in Japan on February 10, 2011.  I spent fourteen hour on a plane, had a three hour layover at Narita International Airport, and another three hours on a plane to Okinawa, but my excitement and anxiety about being in Japan overpowered all feelings of exhaustion.  This was my second trip...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • If you read my title, you will know that my most significant trip was my trip to India at 13 years old, so many events happened on this trip that I couldn’t use one single word to describe it. It was a proverbial smoothie of smells, sights, and sounds and I was the blender. I have to admit, at...

    Tags: Asia

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