Weekend & Short Break

Visiting our nation's Capital is more than just a tourist destination for me. Having been born just north of Washington D.C., many of my earliest memories include white marble columns, big green spaces, and historical figures that are both literally and figuratively larger than life. Washington D...

There are times in my life when I feel as though I cannot surpass an obstacle in my way.  Every year there is at least one time that the demands of life seem to be overpowering.  But luckily, I can revisit the day I went whale watching two years ago, and remember that life will go on if I push...

Hotel Palomar Washington DC has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Luxury Hotels in the U.S. by TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice for 2011, yet it's a family-welcoming place as well. On a recent visit, I found this trendy Dupont Circle boutique hotel had an "Art In Motion" slogan that actually...

When my guidance counselor suggested that I visit colleges before applying, I don’t think that this is what she had in mind. There were six of us-my mom, aunt, brother, sister, a cousin, and myself- squeezed into my mom’s tiny Honda complete with a huge L.L.Bean roof rack on the way to Washington...

I have a passion for discovering distant cultures. Growing up in my family and not craving the adventure of exploring new exotic places would have been incredibly difficult. We have had amazing experiences as a family in Costa Rica and Panama, but what solidified my desire for travel was my solo...

My name is Montéz Jennings and I am affiliated with Planned Parenthood of Maryland. I have been affiliated with Planned Parenthood for three years and I am what is called a Peer Educator. As a Peer Educator, it is my service to educate young adults about the dangers of risky behaviors. I educate...

        In June 2011, I had the privilege of representing my school and the state of Pennsylvania at the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. During this conference, I learned about many aspects of environmental science, from animal welfare to the politics of...

A few days after school got out my family headed to the windy city and to our surprise the wind was not the only thing that blew us away. The attractions kept us amazed each and every day we were in Chicago, Illinois. Although my dad and I were excited about going to our thirteenth and fourteenth...

On the plane ride from San Francisco International Airport to O’Hare International Airport, I thought about great American cities. New York City and Los Angeles came to mind right off the bat. What about Chicago? What’s so great about Chicago? No iconic tourist attractions such as the Statue of...

I should have known the moment I boarded that bus that I was in for a wild ride. Our group’s motto was “DC or Bust”, and after our fifth hour on the road, it seemed like we were closer to busting than to DC. I thumbed through my battered travel guide listlessly, attempting to ignore the sniveling...

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