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In December 2008, my mother, sister, and I visited Orlando, Florida. It was a family vacation we take every Christmas. My mother and sister are fascinated with Walt Disney World. On our vacation, we went to Animal Kingdom (which is one of Walt Disney's theme parks). It was really exciting. While we...Tags:
Numerous bullets ring through the air like deadly fireworks across the dark sky. Two figures scramble behind cars as chaos once again fills the streets. While my mother and her friend were caught in the middle of a gang shooting in Inglewood, California, I was ready to be born. My mom’s friend did...Tags:
Travel is a person’s way of expressing desire for something new, whether you’re conscious of it or not. People take trips for multiple reasons: visiting family, leisure, exploration, or charity. They seem like incredibly different reasons, and have varying intentions behind them, but you can’t...Tags:
“I’ll go, but I really hate New York City.” “Of course you do. This is coming from the girl who hated the food in France, too. You’re about as cultured as a potato.” I huffed at my friend’s comment, restraining my hand from smacking him in the back of the head. The way he saw it,...Tags:
With the smiling yellow parachute above my best friend, Rachel, and I; we began to lift off the boat, and as the boat got smaller we began to see the world in a different outlook. June 5, 2010 Rachel, her stepmother, Tammy, and I got into Tammy’s bright yellow mustang and set off on the two hour...Tags:
On the first day of school, friends and teachers present the same question over and over: What did you do this summer? Honestly, I’m weary of supplying the same dull response: I took a road trip to Chicago through historic Route 66 with my two sisters, future brother-in-law, uncle, and his two...Tags:
Over the summers of 2009 and 2010, I traveled across the United States of America to play cymbals in a professional drum and bugle corps. During those months, I learned a ten minute musical performance that demanded every ounce of physical and mental strength to perform. Over the summer,...Tags:
As I tossed my bags into the back of a bus bound for Washington D.C., I smiled at my best friend, and we exchanged knowing looks. Our long-term expectation of going to D.C. was finally unfolding before our eyes! It was the summer before my sophomore year, and I was traveling to Washington D.C. for...Tags:
After two days of campus tours, informational sessions, and class visits, my mother and I were ready for a break. Once we had skillfully navigated through L.A., we managed to snag a great parking spot in Santa Monica Pier’s huge lot. We then made our way up to the pier itself, dodging seagulls...Tags:
Last Thanksgiving our family went to Fort Bragg. It was definitely different for us. We usually took long road trips; sleeping at the traditional Holiday-Inns and Best Westerns, never staying in the same hotel for more than one night. We certainly didn’t stay in little, virtually unheard of...Tags: