Europe

  • In the summer of 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to Europe with People to People Student Ambassadors, a study abroad program created by President Eisenhower. With a group of 36 high school students and 4 teachers from Georgia, I travelled to seven countries—Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the...

  • A gust of warm spring air strikes the open windows of the 768-step tall cathedral. The soft breeze sweeps beneath our feet, spiraling down the winding stairs of Ulmer Münster, one of the most magnificent churches in the world. Dragging ourselves up every shallow step of the 530 foot tall beast, we...

  • As a perfume fanatic and aspiring perfumer, I have wanted to visit Grasse ever since I learned it was the perfume capital of the world. I have had wild dreams featuring colorful meadows with rows and rows of beautiful flowers and overwhelming fragrances. In my mind, a perfumery was always sitting...

  • Breathing in was like breathing in a new culture, adventure, and life - taking it all in at once. Here I was, along with twenty-one adults and students I’ve known most of my life, experiencing this. This is a place where there are millions of lives I am surrounded by and I don’t even know as much...

  • At first I thought my parents were joking. Leaving school behind for six months to travel across Europe? It sounded like something they might just talk about and then forget. But then they kept talking and started planning.QUARTER-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPFor a few days all...

  • The thing I liked least about Paris was the rain. I had decided that because our we were taking our French river cruise during the summer, it was going to be sunny, and I was paying the price. When I had packed it hadn’t seemed like a big deal. I was going to wear warm the whole time and the...

  • My Dad always loved Russian literature. Every once in a while he’d plop down one of his books on my bed for me to read, but I never would pick it up. The books’ slow, tragic plots seemed overly sentimental to me, and I couldn’t even say the main characters’ names correctly.FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN...

  • The golden glow of the pastoral Tuscan countryside had lulled us into a stupor from which our tour guide had so rudely awakened us. He announced that we were taking a stop outside Assisi for lunch, claiming it would be more “authentic” than what we had seen so far, but the rural, fog-shrouded hills...

  • When Zeus instructed two eagles to circumnavigate the earth, I doubt he envisioned that thousands of years later, a younge blonde girl with red plastic sunglasses would stand in awe marvelling at the omphalos, the site his eagles had chosen; and yet, there I was.SEMI-FINALIST 2015 FTF TEEN TRAVEL...

  • I’m going to take a risk here and reveal one of my fears: I’m terrified of deep dark water, especially if I cannot see through it. I mean, just thinking about tipping over in a kayak and having to tread water when I can't see bottom makes me hyperventilate. Who am I kidding, I’d totally panic....

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