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Over Christmas break of my junior year, I was able to visit four countries, go on a zip line over the ocean, ride a tube through the rainforest, and swim with dolphins. I did all of these activities on a Caribbean cruise with my mom. Our Royal Caribbean adventure took us to Haiti, Jamaica, Grand...Tags:
The jaded road ahead radiated with heat from the Arizona sun. The land around the asphalt was dusty and cracked. It was speckled with pale green shrubs and was wrapped by forgotten barbwire fences. The sky was bright and wide and the auburn land stretched into the horizon. And then suddenly- like...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:
“All right!” Grami proudly declared, beaming at me from across the kitchen table as she handed me a sheet of yellow, lined paper. “You said you wanted to plan your own trip, so here are the guidelines.” My generous, 83 years young grandmother was giving me an opportunity for the trip of a lifetime...Tags:
Blazing. Unrelenting. Tropical heat attacks me from all angles in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. You’d think the heat would be enough to melt me, but no. The heat is worth it because of all the experiences San Pedro holds for me. My time in San Pedro was accented by food, language, and people. The...Tags:
For my 16th birthday, we planned the most wonderful trip ever to Hong Kong. OMG!!!! I can’t tell you how long it took for the day to finally arrive but at last we were on our way. We left JFK Airport, New York to Frankfurt, Germany (stopover) to Hong Kong, China...Tags:
Last November, I left behind the Georgia peaches and headed to the Big Apple for the first time. Although I had recently moved and transferred high schools, my previous band director was gracious enough to let me tag along with the Bainbridge High School Marching Band on their expedition to...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:
It was snowing in Colorado. It does that quite a lot, some years. When I was younger there was a drought, but last year we had so much snow we had to swim through it to get anywhere. The car could not make it out of the driveway. The door would not open without effort so strenuous it was hardly...Tags:
We just finished an exciting morning of horseback riding—one of the few things I wanted to be sure we did before our vacation time was up. We found a homey ranch called Juro Stables in Mount Juliet, Tennessee (about thirty miles from our Best Western Music Row in Nashville). My small, black steed...Tags: