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Goodbye Memphis and Hello Italy! Time to brush up on our Italian, and leave our "ya'lls" behind! Time to board a nine hour flight with my second family, better known as sixty-nine choir students! First stop: Milan; fashion capital of the world, attractive people, and unattractive hostels. None...Tags:
There is a country song by Terri Clark with a line that goes, “…visit Paris in the fall…” This tune unexpectedly came in to my head as I walked down the streets of Paris in 2007 during autumn. The bright leaves were falling around me as I headed toward the Louvre, a visual reminder of home. The...Tags:
There I stood, a child of just 13, gazing up at Michelangelo’s majestic David, still not believing I was actually in Italy. As I glanced around the room, I couldn’t recognize any other works of art, but had a sinking feeling that I was surrounded by countless masterpieces. But how did I end up in...Tags:
College At 15 Careening down a mountain at what seemed near mach speeds, flying around sharp turns, and skirting the edges of fifty foot drops. This is how one of my best travel experiences started. It was during this heart-pounding, mountain-biking thrill ride that the event I remember most...Tags:
It is the morning of my big day, my first sponsored international tournament. I eat my breakfast, but I feel uneasy. What’s wrong with me? Why does my stomach feel so uneasy; I’ve done this thousands of times and it’s no different than any other tournament? To my surprise, I throw up; I want to...Tags:
I never realized how much I enjoyed being with my family until we went on a family trip to Red River, New Mexico. Our trip was from December 29th 2007 to January 2nd 2008. Everyone on my father’s immediate side of the family joined us. It is hard to get 29 people to go on an out of...Tags:
Very early in a post-rainy morning when the skies remain gray and the streets idle, two young girls travel home. Returning back to the apartment house after spending a night at the country house (dacha), my host sister and I walk along an enclosed yard with a tool shack planted on a small lawn...Tags:
Chocha is my grandmother. She was born in Rome, Italy and had promised me since I was a small child that she would one day take me to visit her homeland. This was a day that I dreaded! You might wonder why I would make such a statement about my beloved relative. My father was born and raised in...Tags:
The excitement bubbled over the butterflies and nervousness as the plane took a rough landing into HeathrowAirport. I was about to begin the journey I was lucky enough to chose myself. When I turned seventeen my grandparents asked where the one place I would like to visit was, and told me that they...Tags:
I was extremely thrilled knowing that I would be seeing one of the last cities inhabited and built by the Mayans. Previous vacations meant swimming at the resort pool, and sipping delicious pina colada. However, this year my dad booked us a trip to learn a little more about history. The ancient...Tags: