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The Sunshine State is where I live. Most people come to vacation here, but it’s also a great place to live. I live in Clearwater, which is part of the famous Tampa Bay area. There are so many things to do in the Tampa Bay area. Even though it might not always live up the its nickname, Florida has...Tags:
There truly was no better decision of a weeklong European vacation rather than a short-lived Sweet Sixteen party for my birthday. Prior to the bon voyage I was soon to embark on with my mother and older sister to the glamorous cities of London and Paris, there was a constant doubt present in the...Tags:
Funerals and burials in America seem so easy, simple, and closing. Once you step into another country, it’s completely different. Traveling to Dominican Republic for the burial of my grandmother changed me. My grandmother was born and raised in her hometown of Barahona in Dominican Republic (D....Tags:
It was a warm, sunny summer day when my mother told my sister and I we were going to New York City. I was so excited; this was my first time going to New York. I was filled with so much joy and happiness; that I became emotional. She told us were going to do a lot of shopping, visit the Statue of...Tags:
Just over a week ago, I went on my third annual visit to my best friend. A few years ago, her family moved to Port Townsend, Washington. It's been hard not having her just down the street; but my trips to see her have always been a blast. I awoke early on July 8, 2012, and gathered my bags...Tags:
Cartagena, Columbia. People said we were crazy and at first, I believed them. I had read some stories myself. It was that time of year when everyone was planning for their April vacation getaway. Most people were going away to the Bahamas, Virgin Islands or some other tropical place like...Tags:
I was staring at the gray cotton seat in front of me wondering how it was that I could be surrounded by 45 strangers with all of their luggage and little kids crowding the space around me and yet at the same time be surrounded by nothing. Of course not all of them were strangers. My friend...Tags:
My city, Omaha, Nebraska and the city, Braunschweig, Germany are sister cities. There is an exchange program, where high school students from Braunschweig stay with students in Omaha for three weeks. The German American Society in Omaha matches American students with German students. During the...Tags:
The heat blew strongly onto my face as I exited the airport into Guatemala City, anxiously looking for someone holding a “Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS)” sign. A man named Willy, who I soon learned was my group advisor for the CCS Teen Volunteer Abroad Program, soon greeted me and...Tags:
BAM! It was all over. Oh, never again would our eyes meet in the fiery glow of the scarlet sunset. His hand meeting mine in the tender darkness that surrounded us. I called it the end, but some would say it was just the beginning, the beginning of love. My pink, cloudy eyes swelling, with hot...Tags: