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In 2008, thirty-six California Central Valley teenagers stepped off a ferry into a new adventure. There was Greece, the country that Homer wrote about, a place of great historical significance. Talk about a journey straight out of the pages of a book! My name is Katie Jaycox. I...Tags:
In the summer of 2011 my family and I took our traditional trip to Orlando, Florida. Every year we go there to “escape reality” for a few days. I was super excited! When we got there we were hungry so we stopped at Taco Bell to grab a bite to eat. I noticed as we walked in an older Caucasian...Tags:
If you tremble at the sight of the world’s largest rodents, shudder at the thought tackling the metric system, or faint at the sight of “men-who-shouldn’t-be-wearing-Speedos” wearing Speedos -- Rio de Janeiro probably isn’t for you. But if you want an entirely new cultural experience -- unique...Tags:
Generally speaking, American tourism takes place near the coasts. Whether its the eastern seaboard or the palms of California (which happens to be my hometown), the beach and its surrounding areas always provides for countless travel opportunities. Until my eighth grade year, all of my vacations...Tags:
All my classmates attending were gathered in front of the school, everyone with their luggage at hand. It was 5:30 in the morning; we needed to depart before the campus crowded with high school students. I arrived after my friends, who were chatting about what they packed. Our teachers...Tags:
My grandparents live in dusty, old photo albums. Like dreams I’ve never had, I see pictures of my grandmother holding my infant form and my grandfather sitting quietly on the sofa, holding his cane out in front of him. Amidst the blood rushing in my head and the drone of the plane on our 17-hour...Tags:
'Times Square!' a man cried as he rapidly yanked open the door of a yellow taxi and carelessly tossed our luggage into the trunk. My dad and I hurried into the cave of black leather and we lurched away. A gruff cab driver demanded the name of our hotel as he shrewdly maneuvered through the flood of...Tags:
Over a year ago, I met someone who changed my life. As a teenager, I spend a lot of spare time browsing the Internet. One point during those lonely summer days, a boy from Chicago, named Tim, messaged me. We began chatting quite frequently after that, but myself being from California, and having 2,...Tags:
It’s called the last frontier so for any nature lover Alaska is a wonderful state to travel to. But I’ve never been a lover of the great outdoors. I’d much rather be in a ritzy hotel and lounge by the pool all day. Or so I thought. I discovered a hidden part of myself when I visited Anchorage and I...Tags:
Valencia, Spain, thousands of miles away from my home and speaking an entirely different language this past summer, I had the experience of a lifetime. After a test and application process with the Indiana University Honors Foreign Language Program to study Spanish in Spain, I was selected...Tags: