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An American Girl in a Japanese Onsen: Adventures in Nudity, Self-Confidence, and Public Bathing

Walking into the Aso Yamanami Golf Resort where my class would be spending the night, I was completely oblivious to the fact that later that evening the People-Who’ve-Seen-Me-Naked club would be expanding its membership by an utterly unprecedented six. Yes, a good portion of the classmates I had been singing karaoke with on the bus just a few short hours ago would soon be sharing a really big...

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At Home, Three Thousand Miles Away

We entered the woods giggling and chattering following a stomach-churning bus ride down the steep, narrow, winding Muir Woods Road in Marin County, California. Muir Woods was cool and damp, a light fog due to the tall tree coverage and a creek running through the forest. The redwoods stood tall and proud above us, none of my group above 5’8”. We felt like ants with the towering woods around us....

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Travelling With A Mental Illness

As a resident of Orlando, Florida and former resident of Queens, New York, I understand that every city has three sides. The tourist side, the residential side, and the bad side. My first time going to Europe was scary. I had just turned sixteen and never had the freedom that wasn’t within one train stop from my house. My search history the week before I left was full of YouTube videos titled, “What...

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Get Lost: How A GPS Error Led Me to the Beauty of Alexandria, VA

Throughout years of travelling, I’ve learned that sometimes the most exciting adventures result from GPS navigation mistakes. My family has never been gifted with technology, so it is natural that when we ventured from Missouri to Virginia in the summer of 2017, the slip of a finger sent us off course. We had intended to visit Montpelier, the home of James Madison. After hours of driving off course,...

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If Only You Knew

Have you ever known something, but never really seen it happen in real life? Like getting into a car accident, “oh I know that happens all the time to people, but I’ve never seen one up close, or been in one”, that kind of deal. I experienced something like that. This last summer I went to India with my family, we went to a family wedding. Distant relatives really, second and third cousins....

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A Leopard’s Way

“Sighting of a leopard.” My head snaps up as the static voice crackles over the radio: “5 kilometers away.” I hold my breath and glance over to our tour guide (and terrifying driver) Lucas. He answers in Xhosa and I peer over my mother’s shoulder. He puts down the crackling radio and I see the excitement alight in his eyes…and a mischievous grin. I feel a smile forming on my own lips...

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Heaven Under the Rain Clouds

Cold rains pelt the top of my flimsy black umbrella. My skin is covered in goosebumps despite the winter coat tied close around me. Bodies close in all around me, suffocating my personal space. The wind whips through my hair, through my clothes, carrying the wail of car horns and tires splashing through puddles. I pay no attention to any of it, everything around me is nothing but an annoyance, a distraction...

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Peace Train

When I was 12 years old, I made an unlikely friend from halfway across the world. It was the middle of July, and my mother and I were about to take an overnight train from Paris to Madrid. I had never spent the night on a train before, so I was ecstatic to embark on my new adventure. As we walked along the crowded, noisy platform, my mom explained we would be sharing a room with other people. I wasn’t...

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Breathtaking Burials: Bogus or Believable?

My alarm goes off at 3 AM, and I begrudgingly roll out of bed to go dig up my great-grandfather’s corpse. I find myself tripping down the stairs; I’m not used to the dimly lit hallways because it’s not my home. It’s not even my own country. It is, however, a part of my roots: Guangdong, China, where my great-grandfather grew up. We buried him 13 years ago. In my mind, I do the math: his...

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An Unexpected Village Dance Party

Whenever I travel, I film videos. I always pack my camera, because filmmaking has become my way of keeping a diary. Its entries each preserve little chapters of my life’s journey. But curiously, our brains seem to remember some things yet forget others. When I recall my missions trip to the Dominican Republic, I don’t remember the name of the village we visited. But I remember the little girl peeking...

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Hiking to Meet the Sunrise

I could see my breath under an inky sky when I left the inn at 3 am. Trail-lights illuminated the face of the 7,359 foot Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada), near Dalhousie, Sri Lanka. I was hiking to meet the sunrise. My parents and I had travelled here from the northern town of Trincomalee. The trip by train and chicken-filled buses that went terrifyingly fast had taken us to this sacred place. Along with...

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Home Is Where You Park It

I open my eyes and the metallic ceiling over me is reflecting the morning light. I slowly sit up and look out the window above my bed. The deep blue waves of the Pacific crash against the rocky shore. We are camping on a cliff above the ocean and we are on a real adventure. I never really thought of myself as an adventurer. Then my family bought an Airstream trailer, and everything changed. We took...

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