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Broadening Horizons While Abroad

The first time I went out of the country I had just turned 17. It was also my mother's first time traveling abroad at age 49. It was spur of the moment really, the perfect amount of circumstances to birth a serendipitous trip to Rome. Our family friend of fifteen years was staying in Italy for a month and begged us to fly out for a week—we just needed to book our flight. Now, my mother doesn't just...

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To Grandmother’s House We Go

“Crossing the ocean inside a huge plane, to grandmother’s house we go…” My grandparents live in the Philippines, a sixteen-hour flight across the Pacific. Sure, we may navigate over more than just rivers and woods, but my grandmother’s (and grandfather’s) scarlet-tiled, yellow-walled house is as homey and familiar as anybody’s. We arrive in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport...

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The Hidden City

In July of 2015, my family and I decided to take a vacation from our hometown of Houston to the jungles of Belize. After only a ninety-minute plane ride from Houston, we arrived in Belize City. From there we flew in a small puddle-jumper (www.tropicair.com) to a town called San Ignacio, where we took a cab to our eco-friendly resort in the rainforest: The Table Rock Jungle Lodge (www.tablerockbelize.com). Table...

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Turkey: A Bold Sense of Warmth

The aroma of grilled kabobs and the ocean filled the entire city of Istanbul. It was a cool night, and all of the citizens of Turkey were getting ready; I was getting ready. We held the fluttering flag high above our heads, and waved around our spirits with the rhythm of the banner. Chants and songs were echoing in the crowded streets, and cars started honking their horns to make as much sound as possible....

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Scuba Diving Sister and Brother
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Cabo San Lucas and One Unforgettable Dive

With a forceful surge of energy, I heaved myself up out of the chilling water, and collapsed onto the closest bench. The whole snorkel-boat shook -- though admittedly, it was scarcely more than a large white dinghy, having a maximum capacity of perhaps eight passengers. Gulping in the warm Baja air, I gasped with gratitude as our little native guide helped unburden me from my hefty load of scuba...

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Spanish Horizons

Just north of Oviedo, there is a quaint town where just off the beaten path of the dusty Spanish streets is a hidden gem worth the trip.  I have marveled at the great Sagrada Familia in the diverse city of Barcelona. I have walked with the peacocks in the Alcazar of Seville. I have even seen the incredible Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, but nothing compares to the beautiful alcove beach in the seaside...

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Tiger Hunters

The rustic orange color of mud had completely taken over my black converse high-tops, my hands, and my knees by the time we got through the dense forest. The mud combined with the water flowing from a small rift in the surrounding rock turned that path into a slippery slide of mud, water, and possibly animal dung. Breaking through the forestry, we began to see the old wooden houses that the people...

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Iceland: Living in a Fairytale

As I stood above the thundering waters, I wished I could fly. My mom was at the railing next to me, staring into the mist as the rain splattered upon our heads. The waving green grasses churned about us as my dad clicked pictures, and I wished with all my might to see the secrets hidden behind the grey clouds and curtains of mist. I imagined soaring high above the water and diving down below to...

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Ogunquit: Beautiful Place by the Sea

Maine is a beautiful state nestled on the coast of New England.  It kisses the chilly Atlantic Ocean while spreading its arms toward the Canadian Province, Quebec.  It’s filled with natural majesty; all manners of rock formations, beaches, and snow sprinkled forests.  On the southern tip of Maine, where land touches sea, a tiny town called Ogunquit springs to life as summer vacationers...

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How to Have a Successful African Safari

Cameras clicked.  Everyone sat motionless.  I peered through a pair of binoculars at five cheetahs laying in the afternoon shade.  My family was in one of the four safari vehicles that had gathered for this rare sighting.  We watched as one cheetah slowly got up, stretched, walked several feet, and lay down again.  Another twitched its ears and yawned.  I had seen cheetahs...

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