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In the summer of 2010, at the age of 15, I applied for a program with the Boston Red Sox. I had no idea what to expect, no knowledge of who I would meet, and only a small description of what I would be doing. With thousands of teens applying from around the U.S., I wasn’t even expecting to be...Tags:
Two summers ago I spent four days in Yunnan, China. I had never been there before and had no idea what was in store for me. On the day of our departure my two aunts, two uncles, three cousins, sister, parents, grandparents, and I lugged our luggage to the bus stop in front of Food World to await...Tags:
I never expected to fall in love with the desert, not me, a girl born and raised in the florid river valleys of West Virginia. When I thought of Arizona, Colorado, and the like, I imagined parched skeletons picked apart by vultures. I was fully prepared to hate my family’s weeklong tour of the...Tags:
I let my forehead hit the window of our family's giant blue Suburban. I could not believe that we had sunk so low as to visit a wood-carving museum. I had gotten used to Ohio, but a woodcarving museum in Ohio was a whole new level of lameness. Growing up in the wealthy college town of Ann...Tags:
Less than a week ago, I went on a ten day trip that forever changed my life forever. About a year ago, I never dreamed that I would be standing under the Eiffel tower, watching it twinkle at midnight, or gazing at the multi-colored windows in the Sagrada Familia. I never dreamed that I would fall...Tags:
In November 2006, my mom’s whole side of the family went on a week long cruise. We traveled on the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas and visited the islands of Labadee, Haiti; Ochos Rios, Jamaica; and Cozumel, Mexico. There were 12 of us, including my mom’s parents, their three...Tags:
I have dreamed of traveling to Rome, the Eternal City, for years. I always longed to wander amidst great ruins, gaze upon the world's greatest artistic masterpieces, and stroll in the center of Christianity and the smallest country on Earth, Vatican City. Finally, the opportunity became mine for...Tags:
Graffiti, rundown buildings, and lunar landscape engulfed my eyes as I ventured along the islands. I was not expecting to see any of those features at all! My family and I traveled to Hawaii in July of 2012. Not having been there before, we were expecting a lush, green place everywhere. As we...Tags:
During the spring break of my freshman year of high school (2011), my family – which includes my twelve year old brother, my mom, and my dad – to a trip to Nepal, where we hiked for twelve days in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp. It was an incredible experience, with breathtaking scenery...Tags:
A soft breeze plays with my hair. Screams of excitement are echoing in my ears. The warm sun casts vast shadows across the landscape. Tall, strong palm trees are ubiquitous as far as the eyes can see. My pace quickens as my anxious wait comes to an end. I have a flashback of the small United...Tags: