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As a young girl, growing up in front of the television, dreamily scanning through countless magazines, and attempting to sing like the vocalists on the radio, I was constantly surrounded by the productions of Hollywood. Back then I hadn’t a clue where most of the fame and fortune...Tags:
The upcoming November would have marked the eighth year anniversary of our last visit. It had been nearly eight years since I had last seen my cousin, aunts, and uncles. Was I really going back now? The trip still had a dream-like quality as I sat in the flight connecting us from Taipei...Tags:
I was born in America, raised in America, and still live in America. I turn on the shower and hot water comes out because that’s normal. I eat cereal for breakfast because that’s what everyone else does. Garbage pickup is Friday because my neighborhood doesn’t allow trash to pile up. I’ve heard...Tags:
Shoving my shivering hands into the pockets of my not quite warm enough wool coat, I descended into and conquered the byzantine chaos of the Manhattan subway system: an intricately woven but fierce spider web that covers the borough like a blanket. I found myself at the heart of the vivacious...Tags:
When a kid wears a smile on their face from some act I have done, an incomparable explosion erupts in my world. The sense of joy and fulfillment tingles through every bone in my body. I have an illusion in my head that I can use this passion to make a difference in the world. I went to Ethiopia...Tags:
As I hung out the side window of our bus, a small girl brushed my arm and then whipped around to face her mother. “It doesn’t come off!” she exclaimed in astonishment. She spun back and proceeded to rub the “white powder” off my arm with renewed fervor. This incident was not an uncommon one as I...Tags:
It is really quite a surreal feeling. My whole life I had been planted firmly in America, having no knowledge of the world outside of my confinements. When the massive airbus 380 touched down in Paris, France my jaw must have gone numb because my top and bottom teeth were no where near each other...Tags:
For two years, my classmates and I raised money for a Mission's Trip to Peru. We were going to serve at an orphanage in Ayacucho, but since this was a once in a lifetime opportunity, we also decided to spend a week as tourists in Lima and Paracas. Last summer, in 2013, when the time finally came to...Tags:
On May 5, 2007, The Norwegian Pearl left the dock in Seattle, Washington for a seven day journey to Alaska. The Hintz family, plus an extended family member, boarded the ship and explored it to every corner. The first day was a day at sea and many things were to be seen on the boat. There was...Tags:
Our family vacation was on the island of Oahu. We had lived on the island until I was 6 years old. At the age of 18 I was returning to see it with different eyes. My parents wanted us to see it again because most of our memories were more about what they had told us about living there. It was an...Tags: