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A Winding Road

As I climbed up the stairs, I underestimated the significance of the next few steps I was taking. I struggled to hoist my luggage up the winding staircase and finally joined the group on the upper level of our massive double-decker bus. I sat down ready to settle in and rest during our 12 hour ride but instead found myself transported by the beauty of the Andes Mountains. The summits weren’t so much...

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The Camp Colorado Experience

The San Gabriel Mountains - the Condor Mountains - slid away, and my sister Justina and I flew over a dust-red land home to the rugged canyons symbolic of the West; on our way to Camp Colorado II, a weeklong camp in Estes Park, CO for young birders, set up by the American Birding Association. If I had known the week I was about to live! We got to know each other as soon as we packed into the vans...

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Mississippian Ripples

The sun beats down on my exposed arms and legs as I rest my kayak paddle across my lap. The lake water drips merrily off either end. I gaze around me, grateful for the sun, the water, the air, my family. I tilt my head back, ever so slightly, and it suddenly hits me that I couldn’t be luckier. The sky is an azure, sprinkled with wispy clouds. Its jeweled vibrance startles me, forming a perfect...

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Savor(y) Switzerland

As my friends waved goodbye and left me behind for the third time this trip, a wave of disappointment crashed over me. My altitude sickness and inability to climb beyond base camp ensured yet another lonely and boring day. Admittedly, there were worse places to be grounded than in the heart of the majestic snow-capped peaks of the Swiss Alps. Knowing my new friends were bonding over hiking adventures,...

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E’s Favorite Place

My mother has always had a slightly unhealthy obsession with estate sales, and because of this I have learned that there are many cheaply priced gems to be found within the midst of old towels and used dishes. But my favorite thing we’ve ever found at a sale was a map of the United States with a single marking on it in black sharpie that read ‘E’s favorite place’. The sharpie was indicating...

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The City / The Girl That Never Sleeps

“Connor, it’s rising! It’s rising, I can see it!” The sun, a lioness waking from her nap, stretched and woke at approximately 5:30am in the Upper West side of Manhattan, late June. I had not slept, chose to stay up all night for the sun. It was my second night in the strange city, New York City, on the creaky mattress provided to me by Barnard College. I had gotten into the pre-college...

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6 European Cities, 3 Weeks, 2 Travelers

“I’m labeling the bus from Antwerp to Luxembourg! I can’t look at the hostel reservations right now!” I frantically said to my mom. We were in the kitchen, papers strewn across the table, reviewing the itinerary. Over the course of a week, I coordinated everything from planes, trains, and hostels for a three week Europe trip, visiting 6 cities. But here’s the kicker, I did it all for under...

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Green Gardens, Stone Walls, and Falconry Amidst the Rain

Our tour guide Nigel ushered us out of the van with a wide grin on his face and led the way towards the castle. It was overcast, the grey of the sky mirroring the grey stone of Dunrobin’s walls. My mom was carrying an umbrella with her in anticipation of rain. Nigel led us into the castle and, without hesitation, led us right back outside again into the gardens. Where the front of the castle was...

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Little Girl In A Big City

If I close my eyes, I can see it now. Somewhere in the city, there’s an L-train rumbling against a metal track, the clamor of voices inside is loud, but never overcoming the sound. Somewhere in the city, a tourist snaps a picture and the camera shutters crackle. Bright eyes shine as they take in the lights, the art. A man swears as traffic slows on the highway. Deep dish pizza cooks in a giant...

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Ngorongoro Crater: The Eye Opener

Our hardy, four-wheel drive Jeep jostled my sister and I around as we headed toward Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania. We had just stopped by at Mr. Macho’s, a quaint, little shop on the side of the road selling Tinga-Tinga paintings. We were delighted with my mom and dad’s selections and they were quite proud to have had an opportunity to test their hardly mediocre Swahili by saying “asante...

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Reminiscence at the Crater of Volcano

Every summer, my family and I would go on a trip to different parts of the country. One of the best trips I have ever had was our trip to Lassen Volcanic National Park. We had driven 8200 feet high, and walked about 1.6 miles to the top of the mountain. We took a one or two minute downhill road and entered the crater of the Volcano. It was called “Bumpass Hell”. Bumpass Hell was the largest...

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A Red Thread of Me Leads to Switzerland

In the summer of 2017, I went on a three-piece vacation through part of Europe for ten days. The trip guide, a teacher of mine, three other girls, and I through Germany, Italy, and Switzerland. Although the entire trip was nothing less than enrapturing, the country that I resonate with the most in my travels has been Switzerland. Our group traveled from Italy to Switzerland, and I felt a change...

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