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It’s not often that people get married. It’s even rarer when it’s Hari, my Canadian-born cousin marrying Brynn, his college sweetheart. When they announced their engagement, my family was thrilled. We gushed about their wedding for months, fantasizing about the floral arrangements, and the Jordan...Tags:
During the summer, my family and I went on vacation to San Diego, California to visit my cousins, aunts, and uncles. Driving on the Interstate in my aunt's Mustang convertible, San Diego is just what I imagined it would be. As I was riding in the Mustang with the wind in my hair, the Pacific...Tags:
Alaska…snow, Eskimos, and igloos, right? Well, not exactly. When I first touched ground in Fairbanks, Alaska, I was completely shocked. “This isn’t the Alaska that I see in movies and on posters,” I thought. There was no snow, for it was only July, and there certainly weren’t any igloos! Everything...Tags:
The ocean is truth. It doesn’t pretend to be something it’s not, and it doesn’t lie to you. It tells you when it’s mad, and when it’s content. As I climbed over rocks that could have passed for mountains, and slid down the sides of boulders, this truth was unmistakable. The tide...Tags:
Dry brush, boulder-filled mountains, and a famous bakery of all-American apple pies, are the day-to-day sites I see in my life at home in the inlands of southern California. Soon these sites would all change dramatically, and through the wonders of travel, I would alight in the other half of my...Tags:
I stared at the 83,338 ton ship sitting in the waters of Port Canaveral. It seemed like the only way it could have been built was with magic and pixie dust. The Mickey Mouse shapes on its smoke stacks seemed to be a promise of fun, sun and Disney dreams. Our magical trip on the Disney Magic started...Tags:
All I noticed were the scattered train tracks along the deserted road. You could catch glimpses here and there, parts of the tracks that hadn't been overcome by weeds or taken apart. Our small car traveled along, my thoughts wandering, thinking back to sixty years before and how many frightened...Tags:
In the past few years, I have traveled out of the country three times. Although, nothing compares to the time I spent with my closest friends over spring break my senior year. A year ago, a group of my closest friends signed up with EF tours to spend a week in Italy and Greece. Time flew by and...Tags:
No one would probably expect much out of a place called Moraine Lake; especially when it took two hours on the Trans-Canada Highway to reach there from the resort in Canmore. Nonetheless, my initial naive and judgemental notion instantly vanished when I saw the lake; I was simply amazed by...Tags:
Christmas is usually a time for family gatherings and present exchanging. For me, however, the holiday meant another time to be envious of all the happenings around me. The only family I had in the United States was my parents. We had left China when I was five and haven't been back since. I hardly...Tags: