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Blinding Beauty

Arriving at 10:00 pm anywhere can be a little unsettling. I’ve seen a total of 8 cars in 45 minutes since I got here. It’s quiet. Too quiet. Just the eerie lights that reflect off of the stagnant, black lake over the cliff remain. After miles of a dark mountain trek, the light in the darkness is our hotel at last. With warm food waiting hours later inside, the Das Hotel Panorama reveals itself...

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Learning with Elephants

I have always heard that trips enlighten, and yes, that is true. After a trip to Thailand, I realized that trips teach many different lessons, especially on how you perceive the world, and they remind you to be grateful. But these lessons did not come from people, instead, they came through...

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The Lesson Taught By Concrete

20 hours, 12 empty cups of off-brand ramen noodles, 2 cramped legs, and there I was passing through Washington on my way to the great big apple. We, my father and I, vainly opted to take the train instead of the similarly priced airline ticket. A 24 hour train ride can be accustomed to taking the "scenic route" and that it was. Ironically, the worst part of the trip was actually getting to our destination...

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Breaking My Cultural Iceberg: India’s Diversity

You awake to the aroma of spices while putting on your school uniform, but it’s a new place. You say “????????!” to greet your host mother and sister, but it's a new language. The culture slowly immerses you with the natives, but it’s a new lifestyle. Now, you’ll experience the memories of living in India through the eyes of a NSLI-Y exchange student, me. The AFS cultural iceberg...

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Religion and Revelry in Cuba

A window of opportunity opened last year, and through it I had the chance to travel to Cuba with my family, on a journey to trace my father’s heritage. He and his family fled during the revolution, each child with a 100 dollar bill in his shoe, since Castro’s government wouldn’t allow them to bring any possessions. Midway through the trip, we happened upon a scene of festivity in Matanzas. Cubans...

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Looking Past the Skyline

We walked nine miles in one day. It’s a statement that perfectly describes New York City: fast-paced, sprawling, and exhilarating. And my trip to the metropolis was all of that and then some - the journey of a lifetime. Our...

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Wild Travels in the Wild West

Many summer vacations include relaxing on the beach or lounging in a hammock under a blue sky with warm sun. However, my summer vacation was much less relaxing but surprisingly every bit as enjoyable. My family and I embarked on a two week road trip to the Western United States, which was completely unfamiliar to me as I have lived in the South my entire life. This trip had many purposes...

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Beauty Amongst Poverty

The first thing I distinctly remember was the stifling temperature and humidity. Although it was summer back in Pennsylvania, I didn’t have the slightest idea of the meaning of “heat” until I stepped out of Queen Beatrix National Airport. The warmth rattled through my body, and I immediately wanted to crawl back into the air-conditioning. We drove by the hotels and massive structures...

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Falling For Niagara

I am from central Texas, where we only have two seasons; hot and less hot. Because of this, fall is a beautiful season I never had the chance to appreciate until I visited New England in November, 2016. The contrast of vibrant leaves on the trees against the dull browns of the trunks and the still green grass, were something I thought could only be achieved with editing software. As well as touring...

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Reflections from the Last Frontier

Summer in Alaska was the wilderness that embodies a grand adventure. There were looming mountains covered in dark green forests with strips of white just visible at the peaks,  uninhabited islands shrouded mysteriously in fog, large rolling expanses of deep blue water, and an occasional glimmer of ice floating by. Accustomed to the suburban setting of my hometown, this new world that hummed with...

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Slowing My Pace of Life in the Birthplace of the Renaissance

Walking out of the cafe I see an elderly artist painting in the corner. I remember seeing this artist only two days ago in Babington’s Tea Room; another cafe with a rich history, found at the base of the renowned Spanish Steps. I had seen him painting there in a similar fashion, and went over to speak to him before I left. He had grabbed my pullover and subsequently pointed at his painting, indicating...

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DESTINATION STAY-CATION

To paraphrase Proust, ‘discovery is not in the place, but in the eyes’. As a rising senior and competitive skater, my free time is limited. Like many teenagers, I default to social media and Netflix. So, when my mom suggested turning our weekend into a “stay-cation”,...

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