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This past summer I traveled to Central Europe for 11 days with a group of students from my high school. We were chaperoned by two teachers of mine who, every year, organize an international trip for academically successful students. It is an extremely unique opportunity that most students my...Tags:
June of 2010, my mother and I embarked abroad from home town Alaska to visit my aunt in Europe. We spent the night at her house in Germany, before hopping on a morning train headed into the hustle and bustle of Paris, France. As soon as my toes touched the ground, I felt transported to another...Tags:
It had been my dream as long as I can remember to take a trip to New York City. The lights, people, Broadway, it all made my mouth water at just the thought of it. My dream came true in summer of 2010, when my family finally decided to visit the “Big Apple.” As I look back on it now, a year later...Tags:
The day was beautiful, the sky was clear, and I was in the capital of America: Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C., was bubbling with activity. On the streets, important politicians rushed to meetings; museum workers walked to work; and tourists like me leisurely toured the area. It was remarkable...Tags:
The summer of 2009 was an incredible experience for a group of 10 students and parents from my small town of Bradford, Pennsylvania. Our high school language department gave the opportunity for students to travel overseas to European destinations. We departed from Washington D.C. at 6 p.m. local...Tags:
Adventure Teen Tours; a trip of a life time. You pack your bags full of clothes to last you a month. Anticipation builds in the pit of your stomach as you wait for the day you ship out to your first destination. Flipping through my itinerary that faithful morning, I stepped off the plane into an...Tags:
A steady stream of water trickles down the mountain side, settling itself into the flower beds below. There’s a light mist hovering throughout the atmosphere, carrying scents and flavors of what I find to be most comforting. This is my home, this is Pakistan. Being born and raised in America, I...Tags:
California is, and always will be, where I want to be, where I want to live, and where I want to stay. That's what I thought when my family moved away to Arizona last year. I was devastated -- a junior in high school coming to a new school, 300 miles out of my comfort zone. I was miserable. Luckily...Tags:
Last winter, I spent my vacation from school in Rome with my boyfriend's family. I was incredibly excited to go and had been counting down the days until departure for months. On December 23, 2010, we left on a MacArthur Airport flight to the outskirts of Rome. The eight-hour plane-...Tags:
I always said I want to see all of Europe by the time I die. Two summers ago I seized an opportunity to travel to Italy, Greece, and Ephesus, Turkey for two amazing weeks. This was my opportunity to travel overseas and there was no way I was going to let it pass me by. From a small town...Tags: