Weekend & Short Break

Washington D.C. is perhaps most beautiful during April when the cherry blossoms bloom. People come from all around the country to witness the sight of the blooming buds that cover the vast majority of the trees. Our family was there a few years ago to witness this. I had never been the D.C....

A tear dropped from my mother’s eye as she gazed at where I was standing compared to where I had stood. Originally from a deteriorating part of California, my future was supposed to be occupied by crime, violence, a poor education and no purpose; yet, I was standing at the center of the political...

  It has been said that life can bring you on unexpected journeys; Journeys that bring you to the most beautiful and majestic places around the world. It is from the moment you leave the comforts of home to the mysteries of a foreign land, you learn the most important lessons about life and...

I remember waking that day after a bout of dreamless sleep. I remember the strangeness that resonated through me knowing that, in mere hours, Florida would be a drifting dot far beneath me. I remember the airport was filled with unfamiliar faces and scents that I tried to dissect individually,...

It was July 4th weekend; after driving nearly two days, we arrived at Washington DC right before the annual fireworks show. We were determined to have the perfect view of the display, and spent the day seeking the ideal spot and getting lost in the city. The night air was cool and refreshing as...

An experience that forever marked my life occurred when I attended a trip to Washington D.C. in 2009 with the GEAR-UP program at my school. It was a life-changing and influential experience that was very informative and educational. The opportunity to travel outside the area of Washington...

You don’t have to travel a thousand miles in order to have a wonderful, life-changing experience. During my eighth grade year, I had the opportunity to fly out with some of my peers to our nation’s capitol, Washington DC, thanks to the Worldstrides Company. The trip took place around the second...

Maybe it was the blind Black Lab who sauntered up to me, wagging his tail and barking, or the fresh-baked cheese cake cookies that were waiting on the dining table, but Cindy and Jimmy Patterson and their extended family of five horses sure know how to make a guest feel comfortable. Home Away...

Day 1 Thursday, April 26, 2012 Preparing to Fly to DC for the Science Bowl It's the morning of our trip to DC.  After a long night of packing My dad (the human alarm clock) got my brother and I up at 6:30am.  I finally got going, ate breakfast finished my chores before leaving and loaded the...

Samuel Johnson once said, “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.”  My imagination became an exhilarating reality when I traveled to the East Coast. Catharina (a German foreign exchange student) and I got to...

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