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In the summer of 2007, I took the first plane ride of my life to a place most people can only dream of visiting. The dream vacation I had been saving all of my first year in high school for was a trip to the “Aloha State” known as Hawaii. I flew over alone, but stayed with my sister and her...
Nestled against the Ohio River, Louisville Kentucky seems to only be known for two things: Baseball bats and the Kentucky Derby. While both of these aspects of the city are certainly enjoyable, Louisville is thriving with new and upcoming attractions and museums. Louisville is home to many free...Tags:
WORLD CUP – WE DANCED IN THE FOUNTAIN I looked back at my mom while I descended the stairs to meet with my group and could see the tears in her eyes. She probably knew more than I did in that moment that her baby girl would come home a different person with memories that...Tags:
I had experienced something of deep, profound intensity. We had just landed in Karachi, Pakistan where the summer heat was a presence in its own right. My mother, little brother, and I had to immediately take a bus to Quetta. I sat beside my mother on the bus. The bus wasn’t first class and...Tags:
While most kids prepare to head to a new school for their freshman year of high school by shopping for a new set of clothes and comparing their schedule with their friends I was preparing in a very different way. Instead of going to my local high school my family and I were moving for one year to...Tags:
If someone said to you “Tell me about Oklahoma,” chances are that images of native Americans, cowboys and dreadful summers surface to mind. While all these things exist in the “sooner state”, and summers deliver their battle, there is so much more to the state that looks like a pan. Perhaps in...Tags:
What I cherish most about my current trip to Poland is not only the fact that I get to reunite with my family, which is usually the primary purpose of coming here during the summer, but also to visit magical places I haven’t had a chance to see before. Prior to this visit, I promised myself I...Tags:
*/ Paris is an incredible city, overflowing with culture, beauty, history and colorful people. However, Paris is also quite arrogant and never steps to the side of the stage to let her French brothers and sisters experience the limelight for a while. This means that anyone wishing to discover...Tags:
Her name was Lilly, or Leila, or Le-ann, or something like that. The fact of the matter is that it didn’t really matter. Name meant nothing for her, especially one that would tie her back to her gender. This is because gender meant nothing for her. It wasn’t the limitation that most of her...Tags:
Hundreds of feet above the ground, I stared out at the San Francisco Bay and enjoyed the breeze in my hair. For my mother’s birthday, we went on adventure above the clouds. For the past year, we’ve seen ten beautiful balloons everyday soaring through the sky. We decided to be in one of those 10...Tags: