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Puerto Rico: A Rich and Vibrant Hub

In 2017, Hurricane Irma and Maria churned and strengthened along their catastrophic paths across the Carribean, showing no mercy as they tore apart communities, homes, and families-- including those in the island of Puerto Rico. Thousands of landslides ensued, water systems became inoperable, the entire electrical grid failed, and 95% of cellular sites stopped working. My family decided to travel...

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The Most Amazing And Slightly Terrifying Travel Experiance I’ve Yet Encountered

I've been to many places but it's this one that resonates in my mind when asked about the trips I've experienced: Two years ago, six members of my family including myself piled into our 2006 Denali for an adventure. It was August, it was crowded, and sweaty. We were going from our town of Lapeer, Michigan, to... Tennessee? Kentucky? we didn't know where we were going, we just wanted to have a place...

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Turkish Muse

It is mid-June and I am sunburnt from head-to-toe by the scorching desert sun, but as I roam the crowded streets of Istanbul, the Turkish breeze revives me. As the Blue Mosque commences the call to prayer, I tightly close my eyes to soak in the holy words. A sudden rush of memories accumulate in my mind as it reminds me of my childhood summers spent across the border, in Syria: my grandma’s busy...

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The Traveler vs The Tourist

“Do you know the difference between a tourist and a traveler?” That was the first question my tour guide, Don Marlon, inquired of our group on the first day (Don means “sir” or “Mr” in Costa Rica, it was not his first name). There was an assortment of students on the charter bus; some socializing on their own with no concern for his question and others were paying close attention but were...

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Found in Bulgaria

Last year, I decided to diverge from my usual visits to my motherland - Bulgaria. Instead of sitting on the beautiful beaches of the Black Sea, or meandering down the clustered alleyways of Sozopol, I decided to ‘adventure.’ My chosen escapade was a one-week trek through the illustrious Rhodope Mountains in Bulgaria. This range is known for its physical attractiveness; its cascading waterfalls,...

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The Gas Station Glance

My watch made another insufferable beep. I counted in my head: three. Three hours of sedentary riding on an itchy seat that had turned travel into a game of scratching and ever-shifting posture. I longed to stretch my raw legs. The bus veered right slightly and pulled off the main road. I craned my neck hoping to see that our hotel had miraculously teleported to us, but to my disappointment we were...

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My Second Home: Japan

It didn’t take long to realize the Japanese values-- kindness, gratitude, harmony. The significance of unity and relationships was evident in everything I witnessed. There was a constant undertone of respect for one another, for one’s environment, and for the importance of sharing this world with one another. Experiencing the overwhelming awe of the Ise-Shima National Park brought perspective...

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The Magic of Botswana

Botswana, Africa: a place so far away yet now so close to my heart. This country’s name alone conjures up an image of exotic intrigue. From the moment of arrival, the beautiful smiles of people welcomed me to their land, as if it were my own. Driving to the first lodge, herds of elephants alongside the road stopped me in my tracks. I quickly clicked my camera, thrilled at my luck so early on my trip....

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Art and Travel

As an aspiring artist, one of my favorite things to draw are environments. There's something freeing about being able to create settings from your imagination, or adding an unfamiliar twist to an ordinary scene - it's satisfying, after pouring hours of detail into buildings and trees and landscapes, to see it all come together as one cohesive scene, inspired by the mental library of architecture and...

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Hidden in Plain Sight

The island of Kauai is a home in the sense that, when you visit, you feel the urge to stay. She welcomes you with her gorgeous flowers and calm, and she compels you to simply embrace life. When I met her, I found the most rewarding approach to learning about her to be through her culture and her nature. Luaus can be enjoyable enough, and tourist shops can be appealing, but you don’t walk away feeling...

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