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In the summer of 2009, I packed my worn-out suitcase with my western plaid shirts, jean shorts, cowboy boots, and my rodeo cowboy hat. Coming from a southern California girl, this is not your average type of luggage. My friends packed their glamorous suitcases with their fedoras,...Tags:
Being a California native, there are certain aspects of life that I have naturally become accustomed to warm air, crowded roads, and the undeniable urge to sing “California Gurls” in the car with the windows rolled down. While these sensations are familiar and welcomed, I am still entirely...Tags:
The distinctive memory is in my head like it was yesterday… tears of joy flooding my aunts’ faces while seeing their nieces and nephews for the first time. Having any sort of emotion after 24 hours of flying and layovers was on the verge of impossible, but I instantly knew after stepping off that...Tags:
The sun lingers behind the foggy mountains. On an uneven hill and with makeshift goal posts, my companions and I showed the Nicaraguans how to play soccer. It was Los Blancos versus Los Colores. “OYEOYEOYEOYEOYE!” I shouted when my teammate Jessie scored the winning goal for Los Colores! It was...Tags:
My family's trip to New York City was in celebration of my sixteenth birthday. With my dad being from Brooklyn and my mother's best friend being from Queens, nobody needed much convincing. The flight there was interesting enough, seeing as how it was my friend's first time on an airplane. She was...Tags:
As I looked through the back window of my minivan, I realized that the world we live in is composed of many beautiful creatures and organic cells. The trees were very vibrant; the way they moved back and forth as the wind hit the surface of the leaves caught my immediate attention. I would look...Tags:
I can finally say I have seen one of the most beautiful sunsets in my life. My family and I decided to spend the first week of our summer camping at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach. It was a fantastic and relaxing way to kick off our summer break. While we were driving down, I could...Tags:
Mexico has been a part of me since I was born. Although, I never remember a time where I last went, I dreamed about the opportunity to revisit it again. This day soon arrived when my family and I planned a visit to go to Guadalajara. The airport in Tijuana was filled with people rushing to go to...Tags:
I believe that Fate had deliberately predetermined, through a maze of calamities, the very hour that our eyes would get to see our dream come true. Fate had thrown every roadblock in our path that it could, flight delays, lost luggage, bodily injuries and even a bomb threat at the airport. What did...Tags:
It’s July in Chicago, sunny, warm, & beautiful. Food and music festivals abound, along with great concerts, no school- work and a bevy of entertaining friends. But it’s vacation time in the Buckley household. I’m told to pack a rain- coat, umbrella, waterproof shoes, hoodies & sweaters...Tags: