Why students travel

  • Icy air stung as the weight of panniers propelled my bicycle downwards. The steep road twisted and turned until the sign boldly proclaiming: “Roger’s Pass/ Continental Divide/ Elevation 5,610” faded into a distant pinpoint. My wet clothing was of no aid, having just crawled from a tent following a...

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  •               When I was sixteen years old, my grandmother took me and my siblings to Hawaii for my eldest sister’s graduation present. Before we left I was optimistic at how relaxing it will be just sitting by the beach all day. We resided at the Embassy Suites on Wakiki Beach Walk. The location...

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  • Cold air burned my skin as I stepped out of the car. I was not used to the chill; South Texas averaged eighty-five degrees Fahrenheit annually. Obviously, the fifty-five degrees the weatherman announced bothered me. I was strangely out of my element, in more ways than one on Thanksgiving of 2009...

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  • The hot sticky humid air hung over the boisterous city of Kollam, Kerala. I gripped the polyester seating of the dilapidated rickshaw as it jackknifed to the right to swerve around another wayward goat. A city filled with urgency. If I were to describe Kollam in one word, it would definitely be...

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  • I’m going to Haiti today. That was my first thought when I woke up this past May 6th. The reality still hadn’t hit me, partially because it was 1:00am and I was insanely disoriented, but also because somehow it still hadn’t sunk in that little old 5’5 me had been chosen out of all the other...

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  • My journey back to the state of my birth, Washington State, provided adventures of all sorts, that I will never forget. While a vacation in Washington State, the rainiest and most dismal state, appears boring (Seattle, Washington supposedly has a high suicide rate due to the lack of sunlight), my...

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  •                 The Louvre: a famous palace-turned-museum most famous for housing the well-known Mona Lisa, or la Jaconde, as the French call it. However, what the travel channel doesn’t talk about is a foot-bridge crossing the Seine River on the side of the Louvre where the street vendors gather...

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  • This is a place right below us. Its name is on our coffee and its flag represents many of our citizens here. Unfortunately, not many people know Guatemala and not many would call it a paradise. My mission trip with the Sierra Service Project was for ten days in this country and we stayed away from...

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  • When Madame Lelong and her son, Baptiste, picked me up at the Eurail station in Valence, I noticed their surprise at the two oversized suitcases I had in tow. Ah, a typical American! I was worried I, an almost fifteen year old girl vacationing for a month in France without her parents,  had made...

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