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  • I call Deland, Florida my home; my community; my final destination. Deland is a small, friendly town of about 20,000 people and is located just thirty minutes from the famous Daytona Beach. It is also centrally placed between the two large cities of Jacksonville and Orlando. Deland has much to...

    Tags: Florida, Heritage, USA
  • On June 24, 2014 we began traveling to Princeton, West Virginia to see family and surprise them with a chihuahua puppy. By we, I mean my Dad and I. It’s an 8-hour drive so we had plenty of time in the car together… along with two dogs, one Chihuahua puppy and our personal pup Levi. We left early in...

  • When thinking over the many places I’ve visited in my life, I can’t help but come to the realization that my favorite is in my own backyard. From long walks around the lake at Cranes Roost Park, to the endlessly amusing days at Disney, Islands of Adventure, and Seaworld, to the peaceful water in...

    Tags: Florida, USA
  • /*-->*/          Waking up in the morning and breathing fresh mountain air is often a reminder of my love for my hometown of Colorado Springs.  Almost everyday I see the sun shining down on the vastness of Pikes Peak in the Rocky Mountains. A prominent feature of this family-friendly city “...

    Tags: USA
  • Imagine for a moment, if you will, the sound of the accordion, the rush of La Seine as it slithers below your feet, the hum of foreign voices and the scent of romance in the form of any kind of perfume purchasable, from Gucci to channel. This was my first encounter with the glorious and eternal...

    Tags: Europe
  • Three years ago, my parents brought me to Smuggler's Notch, Vermont. On the nine hour drive up there, my family and I discussed the activities we wanted to do off of Smugg's property -- canoeing, horse-back riding, Alpine Slide, etc.   We checked in to the resort, my parents had to persuade me to...

  • In the Peanuts’ Halloween special, the poorly-disguised Charlie Brown has grumbled, “I got a rock,” which has been repeated often in my family. If my mother was Charlie Brown, she would be ecstatic to have gotten a rock. It was the summer of 2010 when Nana and my cousin Frankie traveled to...

  • I take a big breath in, and the smells of burning trash fill my lungs. Though it is an unpleasant first wiff it makes my heart smile and all I can think is, "it's good to be back." This is my third time in Haiti, and the day before I had just spent a week in Guatemala. It's hard to take in the new...

  • Family is the most important aspect of my life. My family means the world to me, so it was fun to have a family trip for a baseball game. My brother plays baseball for a travel team and as a family we went to show support. It was a fun trip, not to mention a trip that one would never forget...

  • Visiting a foreign land will open your eyes. You will see things that you do not normally see. It shows us the differences that separate nations. Yet, it also gives us a chance to embrace what makes us similar. Once the walls that divide the world are broken down, we can build bridges in their...

    Tags: Caribbean

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