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In October 2010, I flew to Seattle with my stepmother, Janet, to see her sister Kathy. Seattle is gorgeous. Living just outside of Minneapolis, I'm definitely a city girl, but what I particularly love about Seattle is that it's an amazing urban jungle surrounded by majestic mountains and the...Tags:
Over hearing my older sister's conversation with my father about her UT orientation this summer in July, I decided to rush into the room to realize I wasn't invited so i offered myself to go as my father and sister agreed to let me join them to go to Austin. I was extremely excited for the...Tags:
The bus took us to many impressive sights that day; geysers spraying water and steam like enormous earthbound teapots, thundering waterfalls cascading into fresh, pure rivers, the cavernous crack of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. But nothing could outshine the ethereal beauty of the Blue Lagoon, just...Tags:
Sandwiched between two long flights on Cathay Pacific was a trip in Sri Lanka. It was not quite a vacation; it was a mission. I had founded a club called Books Over Seas to send gently used textbooks to Sri Lanka. In this first year of existence, Books Over Seas collected 812 books and shipped them...Tags:
It was not supposed to be anything other than getting my oldest brother, Andrew, settled into his new job at Epic Systems Corporation in Verona, Wisconsin. At least, that is what I first thought. However, that trip ended with my eyes open to a knowledge that things, or places in this case, are...Tags:
Last year on June 8th, the six of us: my mom, dad, cousin, aunt, uncle, and I, drove to the Los Angeles International Airport in California at eleven pm to catch our two am flight to Costa Rica. We were all completely exhausted. It was awful standing in line for two hours trying and failing to stay...Tags:
Galesburg, a town on the western edge of Illinois, was the birthplace of Carl Sandburg, and the host of the fifth Lincoln-Douglas debate. It was also the city in which I had one of my most memorable travel experiences and saw the power of a community of strangers. The California Zephyr, an Amtrak...Tags:
I swat a few flies away from my face as I plaster on a confident smile and proudly pose in front of the Taj Mahal in the blistering heat. The Taj is undeniably beautiful. Neither photographs nor elaborate descriptions can ever truly capture the luminescent glow of the white marble, replicate...Tags:
Like most teenagers, I was angry with my parents. We were flying to Kathmandu, Nepal, and then driving over the Tibetan/Chinese border to get to Mount Kailash, a sacred site of pilgramage for Buddhists, Hindus, Jains, and many others. I thought going anywhere that far in the middle of nowhere was...Tags:
Throughout my life I’ve traveled across the United States after my parents set the goal for me to see the 48 continental states before going to college. However no trip has compared to my family’s trip this past summer. The trip began like every other with us all gathering in the car and...Tags: