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¡Pura vida! Pure life. Going into my one month stay in Costa Rica, I wrote off their national motto as nothing more than a vague, cheesy saying. Little did I know that no other phrase could more perfectly describe Costa Rican living. I began my journey in my comfortable New York City home,...Tags:
When choosing an ideal vacation destination, the typical first option for many folks is far removed from a small suburb with mediocre weather, in favor of a big city with beautiful scenery and noteworthy landmarks. Not so mainstream is Sammamish Washington, a genuine retreat location and friendly...Tags:
In rural Alaska, winters are monochrome and seemingly unending, and the short-lived summer greens quickly fade to a dark brown. My hometown is a perfect illustration of “Alaska”. It is the kind of place where moose are our closest neighbors, ATV’s and snowmobiles frequent gas pumps more than cars...Tags:
My father is the youngest of three children. Since he and his siblings live in separate states, they all promised that on July 4 of every year they’d pick a destination for all us to meet at. It would be a vacation spot where everyone’s “new” family could have fun. On this particular trip we...Tags:
Last summer I took a cruise to the Caribbean with my grandma and my little sister Becca. We had a great time. We got to zip line in Haiti, climb Dunns River Falls in Jamaica, swim with dolphins in Grand Cayman, and lounge around on the beaches of Cozumel, Mexico. We also got to explore an amazing...Tags:
The summer of my sophomore year I embarked on a new travel experience. I took a mission trip to the Dominican Republic. My school, Mount Paran Christian School, always encourages students to participate in at least one of the mission opportunities that are offered during their four years in high...Tags:
The Village People lied. It’s not fun to stay at the YMCA. In 2009, my family and I spent the summer abroad in England with the studies abroad program Dad was leading. During the week we were based in London and on the weekends we went to another city. One weekend was Edinburgh, another was...Tags:
"So, what's going to be so great about this place? It can't be any better than Glacier." My brother whines. He is going through his "teenage" phase, a time where nearly everything that comes out of his mouth is inconsiderate and whiny. My father snorts in disbelief. "You'll see," says my mother...Tags:
Normal.dotm 0 0 1 97 429 home 7 1 682 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false /*-->*/ Growing up Jewish in America meant that the idea of Israel as the holy state was ingrained in my head. There are many Jews who feel so strongly about Israel being their homeland that they move there...Tags:
When planning a vacation to Hawaii, one usually envisions relaxing in a hammock, scuba-diving, or searching for seashells. Rarely does one imagine experiencing a dramatic, life-changing event. But when my family took a vacation to Hawaii, that was exactly what we experienced. About...Tags: