Exploring

  • 4:00 a.m. is too early to be climbing volcanoes. I’m still dreaming as I wake up, crawling out of bed and into shorts, fumbling with shoelaces and hair ties. Everyone in in our little town of Xela is still asleep, and the Guatemalan sky is foggy with dreams. We down our breakfast and hurry to the...

  • From the beginning of my memory, I have never had a typical mom. Never has she dyed her peppered hair, hid behind layers of make-up, and don’t even try to coax her into a pair of heels. Not only does she seem oblivious to societal pressures, she outwardly defies them, intentionally purchasing...

  • Swiss cheese, Swiss chocolates, Swiss Alps, and Edelweiss must ring a few bells for everybody. Switzerland is known across the globe for these beautiful, sweet things, and for good reasons. Visiting this country was like enveloping myself in a world of cool, clean air and really, really heavy foods...

  • I lean my head against the cool window of the Link Light Rail, watching rain droplets race one another down the expanse of the glass; if I squint they look like tiny men in the foreground of Washington’s sweeping overcast sky. I’m trying to block out the chattering and giggling of my fellow Girl...

  • In the Spring of 2015 I had the amazing opportunity to travel to France for a week. After my first international travel experience, I came to the realization that I have a strong passion to explore and learn about cultures worldwide. I think it is incredible to imagine that many of the buildings...

  • The miniature howler monkey clung to its mother’s back as the older monkey undulated through the branches of the twisted tree. With one movement, the mother pushed off the bowing bough and transferred her weight to the powerlines running just beyond the reach of the tree. I watched enthralled as...

  • I peered down at the fried fish whose eyes bore back up into me and knew right then this trip was one for the books. I was accompanied by my newspaper advisor, three fellow reporters, and a chaperone, all of us sitting inside BCD Tofu House, a restaurant in the Koreatown portion of Los Angeles. We...

  • This past summer, my parents and I traveled to Yosemite National Park in California for what I can say was an adventure of epic proportions and grueling obstacles. Our goal was to conquer the Half Dome trail, approximately a 16 mile long round trip from the trailhead up to a large rock, the Half...

  • Rule number one to traveling: Study the native language for more than a week. That was something I had not taken into serious consideration as I hopped onto my plane. My destination was Ecuador, a predominantly Spanish speaking country. Good thing I took three years of French! This was not the...

  • Waking up at five am is never pleasing, especially on vacation. But the blaring alarm signaled a new day, the promise of adventure. With my legs still stiff from the 14-hour flight, I arose and peered outside, a blank canvas of a day in the Land of the Rising Sun. My task today was to go from my...

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