Exploring

  • I had never seen so many junipers in my life. The green, bushy plants stretched for miles into the desert of New Mexico like they could go on forever. We were far outside the city limits of Santa Fe, or any city of that matter, yet I still managed to catch glimpses of adobe casitas hidden among...

  • I’m here. Ancient stones are only steps away from my touch. I see a high point in the glorious distance and make it my goal to at least make it there. I take my first step and just admire the wall itself. This wall is man-made, a group of people spent their time putting lopsided stones together to...

  • At the beginning of eighth grade, at an ungodly hour in the morning, my 36 classmates and I gathered at the airport in t-shirts, shorts, and hiking boots. Packed in our suitcases were outfits similar to what we had on, with the exception of a light jacket and a few pairs of jeans.  We were off to...

  • The chilling, fuzzy wind swooshed pass my ears covered with a cycling-head-kerchief. My neon yellow windbreaker jacket is dancing against the speed of my bike. I see the numbers on the odometer increase once in a few minutes. “We’re 22 kilometers away from Chiayi,” I shouted at the top of my lungs...

    Tags: Asia, Exploring
  • When we entered the Cibeles Palace in Madrid Sunday morning, trailed by a few early spring gusts, it was virtually empty, besides employees and a few Madrilenians tucked in corners of the offered reading spaces of the Palace. After wandering for a little while, my family and I stumbled upon a...

  • Her hand rested comfortably on my shoulder as we watched planes take off into the inky sky like birds in a sporadic flock. "Before you know it, you'll be on the other side of the ocean," my mother whispered into my ear as she embraced me one last time before departure. I groaned at the thought of...

  • From the excruciating packing for the trip there, to the heart-wrenching packing for the way home, New York City had slowly crept into my heart, calling itself home. Coming from a small town that is not very diverse, I daydreamed constantly about the infamous "city that never sleeps." I pictured...

  • During my sophomore year of high school, I was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Austria with my school choir for a week long performance tour.  The historic cities of Salzburg and Vienna provided a unique opportunity to connect to classical music in a way I had never experienced before. ...

  • As I gazed up at the arched cathedral ceilings, held aloft by massive Romanesque columns, my mind wandered during mass as I thought about the week my family had just spent completing the Camino de Santiago.  For years, my parents discussed us one day completing the walk across Spain.  A tradition...

  • Imagine this: you stand on a dock beside a silver boat, preparing to board. The spruce-scented air caresses your face, promising gentle waves in the blue water of Resurrection Bay. Before you step onto the boat, an otter playfully swims past, following the boat out of the docks. To your left, a...

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