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Embracing the Beauty of India

Happiness thrives in the most unexpected places. Traveling to India this past May with fifteen of my classmates, I found that to be true more times than I ever would have thought imaginable. We spent ten days traveling throughout India to four different cities, each with its own wonders. The most memorable city was our last stop, Mumbai, because of the stark contrast between its excessive wealth...

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These Mountains Will Change You

I was recently traveling through California with my brother Jonah. We stayed at reserves and parks and a couple friends’ houses. Our trip was to end in the heart of Yosemite, a place neither of us brothers had yet seen with our own eyes. As the forthcoming mountains rose above us and we descended into the valley, our hearts sang at the pleasure of the beauty. It was still dark, yet the distinguished...

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Surprises at High Elevations

2:45 Thursday, 14th Mid Flight Clouds just beginning to touch the edge of the land Reflecting the oceans tide Before the marine layer becomes opaque Before grey skies cloud the countryside 5:45 Thursday, 14th Denver The more I travel, the more I see how all freeways are the same. Dashed white lines, retaining walls. However all freeways are different, if the view out the window catches...

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A Journey Home – My Trip to Ireland

In April of 2017, my family and I embarked on a journey to visit my brother who was studying abroad in Ireland. After our plane landed, my brother greeted us between the green walls of the Dublin Airport. Our cab driver’s thick Gaelic accent warmed my ears as he took us to our home for the week on perhaps the most famous street in Ireland: Grafton Street. Its bricks were worn by the steps of centuries...

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Philly (Ph)anatic

After traveling across the country from Florida to New York to my home of Shawnee, KS, I can confidently say there is no place more memorable than the city that has broadened my outlook on community and given me a glimpse of the entire world. Ever since I've been a little girl, my yearly trips to Philadelphia have taken me to my home away from home. I started traveling as a baby with my parents,...

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Dingle: The Peninsula of Untold Wonders

Nestled among the craggy coastline of the County Kerry lies a hidden gem, full of truly spectacular features. Luscious, green pasturelands roll away towards the mountains in front, while behind, the aquamarine, foamy waves crash against the easily 200 feet tall cliffs. Dotted with rocky shores and picturesque hills, Dingle Peninsula was my family’s to explore on our journey to Southwest Ireland. We...

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Xaymaca: The Land of Wood and Water

In the middle of the Caribbean lies a beautiful island submerged by an alpine mountainous terrain and encompassed by the turquoise crystal clear waters of the Caribbean sea. Its unprecedented beauty and dynamic culture are carved amongst the rocks of every parish and highlighted through the loving actions of its people. Jamaica was previously referred to by its first inhabitants as Xaymaca meaning...

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Finding Perspective in Ireland

I have lived in Southern California for my entire life. Although I can’t deny the blessing that is our year-long perfect weather, the crammed freeways, dry summers, and busy lifestyle can make even the most loyal of Californians crave a change of pace. During the summer of my freshman year, I was able to experience much more than just a change of pace. An unforgettable trip to Ireland revealed not...

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The Great Barrier Reef: A Whole Other World

As we stepped on the boat that would take us to the Great Barrier Reef, I was buzzing with excitement. My family and I had just arrived in Queensland, Australia and a new adventure awaited us. The sun was shining and the sky was clear; I had no idea what to expect, but was so happy I couldn’t keep still. During the boat ride my cousin and I gazed at the view. The water was crystal clear and a...

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A Visit to Norway: Fjords and More!

I had heard from those who had visited Norway that its fjords were one of the most beautiful natural formations on the planet. So when my family and I paid a brief visit to Norway as part of a two-week trip across Europe, I figured I would experience a sort of life-changing epiphany upon laying eyes on the country’s famous glacial formations carved out during the last Ice Age. Our trip to Norway...

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Europe Without Baggage

Vacation - it is a time when the worries of life are temporarily forgotten as reality is placed “on hold” for a brief period of mental and emotional rejuvenation. From May 27 to June 5 of 2018, I took the vacation of a lifetime in the form of a 10-day tour of Paris, Provence, and Barcelona with EF Tours, an educational...

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Home Is Where the Statue Is

This is Vietnam at 6:00 in the morning. I peer out from the tenth story balcony of my hotel, watching her body wake up. Here, somewhere in these winding streets, is a small hospital. This is where my story begins. Sixteen years ago, I was born and taken to an orphanage called Tam Binh. I waited here two years until my adoptive parents took me to America, the land of opportunity. Now we are back, and...

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