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The Summit

My ankles ached as we trekked along the dirt path surrounded by towering trees. In front of me my friend’s dad, John, set the pace. I tried to enjoy the miles of untouched nature, but my 25 pound backpack seemed to get heavier with every step. Behind me my friends Elvi and Veronica trudged on. We had been training for this trip for months, but it wasn’t until we were miles from the King’s Canyon...

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Fight-or-Flight: An Adrenaline Rush in the Jungle

“This will be our most difficult climb yet,” my trip leader stated during our lunch break, comforting the group. I looked up at the overcast sky of the Costa Rican rainforest, unsurprised. At that moment, the weather did not seem too different than the past days of our hike, so I was not fazed by the looming, acid-washed clouds. The sky always appeared on the verge of a storm in the rainforest....

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New York: The Hard Hitter

New York. I had only ever dreamed of such a place. I’d only seen it the movies of a small-town girl with enormous dreams and so she travels to the Big Apple, and so on and so forth. I had never thought that it would be me. Born and raised in sunny San Diego, California, the sparkling yet dirty streets of my city were all I knew. I had small dreams. I never thought I’d make it to high school, let...

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Home is Where the Heart is

Ever since I was little, my heart was set on living in California. I didn’t know how. I didn’t know why. All I knew was it was where I wanted to be. You know, in astrology they believe when you’re born the planets are aligned in such a way causing different places to call your name. Some places may bring you wealth, happiness, or love. Others can bring you hopelessness, despair, and poverty....

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Okinawa 2.0

Back in 2017, I was finishing up school when my father asked me how I would feel if we moved during my senior year. I was a junior at the time, and had been attending the same high school for the past three years. However, being in a military family also means moving every several years. Without needing to think twice, I eagerly supported the idea of moving one more time before I go to college. A...

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“My Week at the Stone Forest”

Out of all things in life, I believe that you learn the most from a hands-on experience. Traveling is one of the best ways to open yourself up to new ideas and information. One of my most influential traveling instances happened about three years ago, the summer before my ninth-grade year. That summer had already been packed with interesting events, such as moving back to Kunming, China and driving...

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Spain: An Exploration of Bureaucracy

When my family traveled to Barcelona last winter, we planned on acting like regular tourists. That was not the case. On the train to Font Mágica, as my mom walked toward the metro’s exit doors, a man lingered in front of her, blocking the opening doors. He obstructed her path, pretending that he was unable to leave the train. Another man slipped by her, seamlessly gliding through the crowd. Nothing...

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My Trip to the Flattest, Saltiest Place on EarthSawa r

My alarm yanked me out of a deep sleep at 5:00 am. I stretched, flipped on the light, and let my eyes adjust to the unfamiliar surroundings. Surprisingly, my bed was comfortable, and the room was pleasant with the light gently reflecting off the pure white walls. Not bad for a stay in the Salt Hotel, where the rooms are small igloo-shaped domes, and the beds are spartan and crafted from salt. I...

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First Solo Trip to Europe

As a child, my mother and I always dreamed about visiting Europe together, specifically Paris. We dreamed of sitting at a café, sipping coffee, while overlooking the Eiffel Tower. A few months ago, I completed our dream, except she wasn’t there. My parents gifted me with a trip to Europe for my birthday, and they decided to let me go by myself, since I had just turned fifteen and in Hispanic culture...

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Butterflies in the Rain

Compared to its year-round average, it rains very little in Amsterdam during August- except, of course, when I’m there. My family and I were riding bikes back from the grocery store (an adventure within itself) when we heard the first crack of thunder. Within around five minutes, it was absolutely pouring. Riding a bike in the City of Bikes is dangerous at the best of times, but during the rains,...

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