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Every time I open my eyes I can see sunshine come through my window. Every morning is just as beautiful as the one before it. It is like waking up in heaven, and the island of Maui is just that; a heaven on earth. Though the island is like heaven the journey to it, however, is quite...Tags:
Guanxi????is a Chinese word meaning relationship or connection, although neither of these translations can accurately describe its cultural significance. Guanxi has a much deeper meaning than its English counterpart. The best way to describe it is as a giant web. Each individual strand in...Tags:
I sat ominously in a place way across the waters from my luminous Florida home. I sulked around in a house, that was always cold at night, and the weather conditions outside the doors were always murky and depressing. The sun was also miserable, it would slink off at 3:00 in the afternoon, letting...Tags:
When I finished 7th grade, my sister, Ashley, told me she wanted to take me to Costa Rica for my 14th birthday. She had just finished a study abroad program in San Jose. I was so happy because this would be my first time out of the country. And for my birthday! How cool! La Ciudad On August 3,...Tags:
D-day: My first day of classes at the European Center in Talloires, France. I walked miserably behind my host mother and my roommate with my head down, glaring at the cup of tea I carried. I barely had enough time to eat my breakfast so I saved my tea for last and put it into a plastic cup which I...Tags:
I have been fascinated by dinosaurs my whole life and am interested in studying paleontology. So, four years ago, my parents took me on a 3-week trip to all the museums and places where I could learn about paleontology in the Western U.S. and Canada. We started out by traveling to Grand...Tags:
With a jolt, my family and I were awoken by the piercing horn of the ferry, signifying our entrance into Norway. To my mother, this was a melancholy reminder of the life she had left behind to raise her family in America. My sister, father and I anxiously looked over the crisp waters of the North...Tags:
The term "It’s a small world", is used very often when you live in a small town like I do, but outside my town, the world is an enormous and amazing adventure waiting to happen. I never truly knew how big the world was until just last summer in 2008 when I took a trip across the world to Europe. I...Tags:
It was the summer of 2006. My parents decided it was time for another family vacation to Mexico, and yes, I was going, no exceptions. See, every time my parents plan a “family vacation,” I try my hardest to weasel my way out of it. I absolutely despise it, because to me, a vacation is only spent...Tags:
Greece, Greece, Greece, oh you bittersweet Greece! As I lay my eyes upon you, I see the curves of a lady, the strength of a man, and the humbleness of a child. But I too see and hear that soft lullaby blowing in the trees and being whispered from hill to hill saying, 'Your time is almost up,...Tags: