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Discovering My Irish Family Heritage

My heart raced as the van slid around yet another tight corner, narrowly missing the oncoming traffic by inches and sending me sliding into my fellow passengers. Was I in a car chase? An action movie? No, this was just the daily experience of my father navigating narrow Irish lanes in a large black van, which we needed to hold my siblings and I, my parents, and my Irish grandmother. In the summer of...

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A Sicilian Timetable

By the time my two aunts, grandmother, and I finally boarded our six-hour-late Volotea flight from Venice Marco Polo Airport to Palermo, Sicily, it was way past dinnertime. I had long since stuffed my Italy guidebook into the bowels of my backpack, giving up on my lofty tourist plans to visit the Palermo Cathedral, the Teatro Massimo opera house, and the fountain in the Piazza Pretoria. So, instead...

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Ponds, Pagodas, and Prayer at NanPuTuo Temple

A warm blanket of heat enveloped me as I clambered out of the group van. I had prepared for a fun school-organized trip to China, but hadn’t prepared for these conditions. Sure, I had faced high temperatures before, coming from sunny Southern California, but Xiamen’s sweltering heat still drew rivers of sweat from my forehead. Hot beads dripped down my neck as my group walked towards the towering...

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Into the Great Wide Ocean

My family seems to have an aversion to flying unless absolutely necessary, so we drive everywhere. Fifteen hours to Texas to visit friends. Ten hours to Kansas to visit grandparents. And most importantly to me, nine hours to North Carolina to visit the beach. It has become a yearly tradition, but nothing quite beats the memory of seeing the ocean for the first time. We had already rolled the windows...

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Ice Cream, Donkeys, and Dingle

It was July 7, 2015 and we were four days into our family vacation to Ireland. I was standing on a grassy hilltop, overlooking this gorgeous, shallow, green valley. Small clovers and blades of grass twitched idly in the wind, and a light rain misted the scattered group of people taking in the view. We stopped at this viewing point to admire the Irish countryside on our way to a small town called Dingle....

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Something Bigger

We handed the key to Ms. Lyza, and she was elated with gratitude. Her broad smile is one that will stick with me for my entire life. During April vacation last year, I went on a school service trip to Belize City, Belize with other students to build a house for an elderly woman named Florence Lyza. She lived by herself in poverty. The trip was a welcome change of pace from the constant stimulation...

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Lady Liberty: Larger than Life

Forty-five kids, two chaperones, one bus; all headed to the world renowned monument known as the Statue of Liberty. This already sounds like a recipe for disaster, considering the usual, troublesome antics of your average thirteen and fourteen year old teenager. It certainly was no easy journey for Mr. Longtin and Mrs. Ott, who were no rookies at babysitting rebellious children seven hours a day on...

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Polebridge, Montana, You’re My Huckleberry

When I think of summer, I think of road trips. I think of cramped back seats, novels read in one sitting, and my Dad buying mentos at every gas station. I think of our scratched Proclaimers CD, milkshake stops, and miles of Nevada desert. Most of all, I think of my father. I’ve travelled Europe, French Canada, and Mexico City with my grandparents, but some of my fondest travel memories are piling...

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Temperature and Elevation: An Inverse Relationship

When I was thirteen, my father bought my family matching t-shirts that said, “My Dad is type-two fun.” This referred to my father’s tendency to take us on stressful, mostly outdoor, adventures that were far from enjoyable but whose stories provided decent entertainment later. These outings occur regularly, leaving the family in a state of distress while he becomes frustrated with our unenthusiastic...

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In the footsteps of the fallen.

June 7, 2017 the French coast is quiet. Waves lap the sands in the low tide, seagulls fly through the air, ships, of all sorts sail into the English channel. The beaches are quiet, and undisturbed, save for a few foreigners and fisherman. Yet in these sands, are remnants of a journey so long ago, a journey, that affected not only the people of France, but the world. These remnants may be difficult...

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