Weekend & Short Break

 I guess in Catalina you have to look out for boats. I was kayaking with a partner and we had just finished racing friends. They kept going on afterwards, so my partner wanted to follow.  Mind you, I was uncomfortable with this venturing into the void. We were studying Marine Biology for Upward...

  This past summer is one of my most memorable experiences I’ve ever had. I was blessed with the opportunity to take a trip around the world and see, smell, touch, and taste things I’ve always imagined. My trip started with a quick stop to meet-up with my travelling buddy in Chicago. We then...

By Taylor Jones             Skipping school, meeting kids from all over the country, and visiting Washington D.C. for a week, who wouldn’t want to go on this year’s Close Up trip? But that’s just the half of it. This year the Close Up program provided over two hundred high school students from...

On March 19th, 2011, I landed at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, but it was not until I saw the Washington Monument, its tip piercing the clear morning sky, through the rear passenger window that I fully understood I was in Washington D.C. Months of planning with my parents, the head...

In my junior year of high school, I started preparing for college. In 2010, during spring break, I chose to be productive and go to Washington, D.C. to visit and tour colleges instead of hanging out with my friends at home. Although my main purpose of going to Washington was to visit colleges, I...

When I boarded a plane for the first time in my life, it was to fly across the ocean for a semester abroad in Ireland.  I had always wanted to study abroad, and was incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to live in Dublin for four months.  For a girl raised in a small town in Central New...

It was a rainy day in Long Island, NY. We took Long Island Rail Road early that morning to get to Penn Station, where we then could catch a Mega-bus. For only $20 it would take us down the eastern seaboard to the nation’s capital. Our bus made only one stop along the trek somewhere in Maryland....

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...

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