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Ever since I was a little kid I have always been curious and fascinated by mountains. Just the mere sizes of mountains, along with their overall beauty, have made me always drawn to them. When I found out that I was going to Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina, I was ecstatic. I had studied the...Tags:
“Why am I here?” I thought to myself as I opened the tattered window, in an attempt to cool down the stifling room. Just a few hours before, my mother and I had landed on the gorgeous island of Jamaica and taken an insufferably long drive into the countryside where I anticipated being in a fancy...Tags:
During junior year, I went on the Japan trip with my Japanese 3 class. My teacher organized it and held meetings to explain how we’d get the tickets, where we were going, and the supplies we had to pack. In February, we arrived at the San Francisco Airport. I was really...Tags:
During my sophomore year of high school I took the most life-changing trip of my life. I signed up for the school-offered Alternative Spring Break trip and before I knew it, I was on one of two Greyhound busses heading to New Orleans, Louisiana with over 60 people from my school. None of them I...Tags:
Masses of sweaty, anxious, and mildly rude people standing in line had never really appealed to me until now. Everything around me caused awe and wonder: the rows of endless cones that separated the seemingly countless number of people, the brightly colored trashcans that were peppered throughout...Tags:
In the grand scheme of things, it was just a forest. They were just trees. It was just another state park, another place where tourists go so they can pose with the giant redwoods, like they had entertainment value. The reality of the situation was that, as I stood and gazed up in absolute wonder...Tags:
I have been craving the sweet taste of lambutants, the sticky, hot weather alternates with heavy rain, and, especially, I have been missing a piece of home. A month ago I came back from a family reunion in Bentre, Vietnam. Bentre is a small town with a sleepy waterfront lined with imposing,...Tags:
In the winter of 2005, my Grandmother on my mother’s side invited me to travel with her to Guerrero Negro, Mexico to see the whales that travel there to lagoons in order to mate and give birth to their young. I excitedly accepted the invitation and we were scheduled to meet our tour guides in San...Tags:
Last Sunday, my choir and I took a trip that would impact our lives. We were headed to tornado alley in Tuscaloosa, Alabama where a tornado had struck a multigenerational community. Prior to the trip, I had been facing family problems, which I felt were tornados ripping through my household....Tags:
It had been approximately 7 years since the last time I'd been there. I'd been just seven years old and it had been about mid-July, right before or after my birthday. Now it was October. I was 15. I vaguely rembered some things that I'd encountered last time, but now I carried biased opinions and...Tags: