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Rarely do I travel out of the country. I have done so only twice in my life. However, those two trips mark turning points in my childhood, especially the most recent trip in December of 2005 to Bengal. The trip enhanced my worldview, dissipated much of my ignorance, and it overall helped me...Tags:
Japan, also known as, The Land of the Rising Sun, is a destination that I will never forget. This trip took place the summer of 2007 and started in San Francisco, CA. I was accompanied by my father, stepmother, brother and sisters. Originally, the trip was supposed to be for the summer, until...Tags:
Miles upon miles of prodigious mountains, royal blue oceans, bustling night markets, and family love really can fit in the tiny country of Taiwan . Nine years have passed since I last visited my family in Taiwan . Feelings of excitement bubbled up inside when my mom saved tickets for a three week...Tags:
First off, I suppose I ought to admit I’m not really a travel kind of person. I’ve always preferred the comforting clinks and whirs of home to the alien rush of an unfamiliar place. The rush that now surrounded me as my family and I touched down at our first stop: Rome. The first thing that...Tags:
It had been twelve years since I last visited Grand Teton National Park. I barely even remember it as it was one stop on a whirlwind tour of the Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Mount Rushmore, Crazy Horse, and everything in between. This time, however, we were “doing it right,” a weekend of camping,...Tags:
At the age of fifteen, I had the privilege of taking the trip of a lifetime. The destination was Ireland and we arrived on May 17, 2005, my fifteenth birthday. My journey began at Dulles International Airport in Virginia. We walked in like pack mules loaded down with too much luggage.I had just...Tags:
I slowly drift out of a light sleep and glance out of the plane window as we descend into Managua. I notice the endless expanse of Lake Managua that could easily be mistaken as ocean. The volcanoes, jutting out of the tropical landscape, lush and imposing, oblivious to the fear and awe they evoke....Tags:
Three summers ago, I had the privilege of taking a month-long vacation with my family to Grand Teton National Park in the state of Wyoming. Located just south of Yellowstone, Grand Teton is home to some of the most robust and breathtaking mountain peaks on the North American continent. The Grand...Tags:
I’m a planner. So, normally I would say that a great vacation is one where everything goes according to plan. I like knowing that I will be in a certain spot, at a certain time, on a certain day. But, as I found out through my vacation two years ago, sometimes the unexpected things turn out to...Tags:
Normal 0 /*-->*/ Normal 0 /*-->*/ Normal 0 /*-->*/ In the summer of 2008, a month before the Olympics, I had the opportunity to go to China with my Chinese class. While there for nine days we saw the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, and the Terracotta Soldiers. These were each...Tags: