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From Ten to Twenty – Lessons learned Ecuador

As our large bus wheeled up the narrow path along Mount Chimborazo in Ecuador, I was distracted from the likelihood of death by the breathtaking view. Flowers I’ve never seen before, livestock, and people in beautiful clothing; nothing like the basic city life back home. Very relaxing. When I noticed the small, blue crosses dedicated to those who underestimated the vertical extent of the range, I...

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Discovering the Natural World in Norway

My sister Hanna and I sprinted down the dirt path, with our parents lagging behind. Ahead of us was one of the many stunning mountains that line Norway’s fjords. Waterfalls spewed from its cliffs. At the top was Buerbreen glacier. We had been to Norway many times before to visit our mother’s family, but this was our first trip to the west coast. As I raced Hanna to the beginning of the trail, I...

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Bear-ly Up the Mountain

The trail, meandering below the canopy as hardly a trickle of dust, seemed nondescript. We stood at the edge of its start, our backpacks hanging from our sweaty backs as mosquitos buzzed our ears. “Ten miles will be easy,” my mother assured us. Us three kids glanced at each other, our eyes bright and nervous, and then swung our heads to the sign. WATCH OUT FOR BEARS, it blared. It warned about...

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A Volunteer Trip I’ll Never Forget

Over the last six years, I have amassed over a thousand community service hours, volunteering at a variety of different events and organizations. I’ve worked at trash pick-ups, tutoring clubs, golf tournaments, you name it. However, there has been one experience that has resonated with me. When I was a freshman in high school, I met a group called Ascend. They are a diverse medley of college students...

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The Bahamas

From the bright blue sky above, the sun beat down, casting its rays of warmth across the Bahamian sand. I felt warmed from the inside out, while a light misting from the ocean kept me cool. The soft breeze tickled the hair surrounding my face and felt pleasantly cool against my skin. The tangy smell of salt enveloped me, but did not overwhelm me like it does for some. It was a comforting scent, a scent...

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The Magic of Lost Lake

During the summer of 2018 my wanderlust was still going strong and we were visiting my family in Grand Junction, Colorado. My only goal for our one free day was to see some big pine trees. My mother suggested a lake she visited as a child. The recent reviews mentioned mosquitoes so we covered up and brought a small bottle of bug spray (spoiler: we should of brought more spray). The drive up to the...

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Lessons From Whales

Everyone anxiously stood still, holding their breath. Excitement exuded from everyone on board as we all waited to see what we journeyed so far for. Then we heard it: the whooshing sound of a whale exhaling. Our heads snapped to where the sound came from and there he was. A magnificent Humpback whale rubbing against the rocks. Everyone smiled and let out sounds of excitement. There was a rush of cameras...

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Here Lies a World Down Under

Finally, after about a twenty-four hour plane ride from Brooklyn, New York to Cairns, Australia, my father and I made it. We wobbled off the plane with water retention in our legs, brimming with excitement to begin the next part of our journey. We stepped off of the plane onto an open tarmac surrounded by hundreds of palm trees and mountains. These mountains seemed so high that they met the clouds...

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My Quick Forest Getaway

As I rounded the corner I felt my breath escape my lungs with a loud push, my jaw dropping to the ground in awe. What was in front of me was so magnificent in beauty and size I couldn’t quite believe it was real. It was the view you only read about in fairy tales or myths. The trees around me helped to spark my imagination of the view in front of me, the feeling of walking into the pages of a fantasy...

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A Lighthouse, Fish, and St. Patricks Day…Oh My!

¡Bienvenidas to La Coruña, Spain! Nestled in the northwest corner of Spain, right above neighboring Portugal sits the autonomous community of Galicia. Located on the edge of the Atlantic lays one of Galicia’s most important cities, La Coruña. The city itself dates back to Roman times around the second century AD. The Romans utilized this perfect costal location to create a bustling port city...

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