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During summer, after completing my freshman year in 2010, my mother’s boss invited her and me to enjoy a week off in Costa Rica. My mother is from El Salvador, which we noticed that the climate and appearance was very similar to Costa Rica’s. We took two planes to get to Costa Rica. One plane...Tags:
I did not arrive in Oaxaca until midnight; from the colectivo (shuttle), my first views of MÃ©xico terrified me: armed police on every corner, not something I see in my San JosÃ©, California, neighborhood. In daylight, however, I learned the true charm of the city, and of the simple...Tags:
For most of my time in high school I have been a quiet student with many friendly relationships but never any close friends from school. I also was never away from my parents for more than a few days at a time; I would have never guessed that one trip to Europe could change that...
To say I’m uncomfortable would be an understatement. With a cold sweat, I wake up from a dream where I’m running. It’s about 4:00 in the morning. I’m nauseous. I’m about to suffocate from the humidity. I’m being tortured by insomniac mosquitoes. The squeaky old fan in my room is neither competent...Tags:
My family has taken many vacations over the years: a few odd, some truly awful, but every single one of them has been a trip of a lifetime. Two summers ago, the summer of 2006, my family decided to voyage north: destination, Canada. Family vacations, in the mind of the general populous, usually...Tags:
Over hearing my older sister's conversation with my father about her UT orientation this summer in July, I decided to rush into the room to realize I wasn't invited so i offered myself to go as my father and sister agreed to let me join them to go to Austin. I was extremely excited for the...Tags:
Grandpa tossed two helmets under the passenger seat and revved the engine. “I’m not wearing one.” He shoved his hand into the Skittles bag. “Me neither,” I tested. His glacier gaze cracked; an impish grin exposed a gold molar. 2nd PLACE 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPI never knew the...Tags:
Waves crashed against the smooth, moist beach as a gentle breeze drifted through the orange, purple, and pink sky. Soft, cool sand embraced my body as I lay there watching shadows surf in the nearly dark night. The smell of savory steaks, freshly baked pizza, and the aroma of the nearby...Tags:
For the first sixteen years of my life, I could have been described as a hamster. I’m not referring to the fact that I have slightly big cheeks or that I often display the twitchiness of a rodent, I’m referring to the way I used to view the world. I live in a little county called Goochland where I’...Tags:
As I stepped off the plane, I thought, Sari, I’ve got a feeling your not in New York anymore. Here, the air was cleaner, the sun was shining, and the heat was thoroughly overwhelming. For having never stepped foot outside of the United States before, this was quite a great first impression of...Tags: