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On July 4, 2009, I had the privilege of traveling with my family to Alaska. My Alaskan adventure consisted of travelling across the country from Massachusetts to Vancouver, B.C and boarding the Princess Diamond Cruise ship for a seven day cruise visiting such ports as Ketchikan, Juneau, Skagway,...Tags:
It is said that the soil of Africa is red from the years of bloodshed over the land. A land of great resources and beauty, now poverty-stricken and ruined by corruption along with years of war. It was this land that I've visited twice. In the summer of 2011, I went with a group of women and...Tags:
The Lost Horizon was the name of the title of James Hilton’s 1933 novel that told of a mystical place called Shangri-la, lost in the mountains of Tibet. 2009: eighty-six years after the novel’s publication, I found my self lost in the tranquility of the mountains of a location named after...Tags:
Traveling to Australia was a life-changing experience full of excitement, knowledge, and realization. When I was only 13 years old, I traveled to the Land Down Under for 17 days where I became a more mature and cultured young girl. I traveled to Australia without my family, but with fellow boys and...Tags:
You walk past its modern streets and bars and find festive people everywhere. You go through its ancient cities and find cathedrals bigger than castles. You find yourself dancing in the streets along with the Latin guitar music. The beach is where you stand now; clear blue water dances with the...Tags:
English Romantic poet, Lord Byron, once said, “The dew of compassion is a tear.” After visiting a trash dump in Nicaragua, where over 4,000 families struggle to survive among waste and filth, I understood what it truly meant to be compassionate; I understood what it meant take a moment and live...Tags:
Before my eyes have even opened, I can feel the sappy, moist air lap against my face in waves. The birds have discovered the harmonious morning tune and are singing it amongst themselves outside my doorway. As my eyes flutter open to behold the alluring dawn, I take in the radiant courtyard in the...Tags:
Two weeks in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada sounds exciting right? That's only if you were 21 or over. Personally, I thought these upcoming two weeks were going to be the worst because Las Vegas is an 'adult' city. My question for the five-hour drive from California to Vegas was, 'What is there to do...Tags:
When you hear someone say New York City, what comes to mind first? Times Square? Insane traffic jams? Broadway musicals? If you asked me about a year ago, I wouldn’t have much to go on. Ask me now and I could go on and on. New York is teeming with originality that one can only see to believe...Tags:
In March of 2006, my family and I traveled from our home in San Antonio, Texas, across the globe to Germany. Over my Spring Break, I experienced German food, culture, and popular tourist sites including the Glockenspiel, the Zugspitze mountain, and Neufweinstein Castle. After days filled with...Tags: