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As my five hour flight began its descent to Houston, Texas, I peered down through my window to observe its landscape, and what I saw surprised me. I had always thought that Houston was extremely hot, and thus everything would be golden, dry, and dead. However, the city was thriving with acres of...Tags:
I call Deland, Florida my home; my community; my final destination. Deland is a small, friendly town of about 20,000 people and is located just thirty minutes from the famous Daytona Beach. It is also centrally placed between the two large cities of Jacksonville and Orlando. Deland has much to...Tags:
Sweat creeps up my shirt as my lungs fill with smoke, waiting to get through customs at the Baku International Airport. Foreign words bombard my ears and an old man translates the question, “Do you have anything to claim?” Squeezed through a door, I look around, desperately hoping she can find me...Tags:
Last summer my family and I went to Hearst’s Castle. While there I not only saw animals such as Zebras living wild on the grounds but I saw amazing pieces of architecture which William Hearst had played to construct. It was an amazing trip due to all the things I not only saw at the castle and the...Tags:
Scuba diving can make you see the world differently. This is what happened to me when I went scuba diving with my dad in the Philippines. The weather was hot and the water was warm and crystal blue. You could clearly see the colorful coral down below, which was only 20-30 feet deep. My jaws...Tags:
All of my life I have wanted to visit France, and this summer I finally got the chance. My family and I spent three amazing weeks in France, in which time we were able to visit Paris and the Loire Valley in Southern France and spend a week touring the French canals. Every aspect of this trip was...Tags:
In 2009 my family moved to Mexico, and after graduating very recently, I stopped living there. Looking back at this I can now see how much fun I had with the expatriate community in my adoptive city of Queretaro. In Mexico there are a multitude of various flavors of foreigner. The Americans and...Tags:
"I've had enough! Can't we stop now?" "We're not stopping now, honey. We've climbed this far and either way, we'll have to climb back. Let's move out!" These words were my father’s, addressing my mother, sister, and I, slumped on boulders, exhausted after the...Tags:
This past summer, I had the most unforgettable experience of my entire life. During my vacation, I became a better leader and learned to value life for everything that it is. This experience will undoubtedly stick with me forever. I embarked on a trip to Washington D.C., the nation's...Tags:
Somewhere on the lonely stretch of interstate between Tarpon Springs, Florida and Lake Winfield Scott, Georgia there is a smokestack. It stands alone in a field, with bricks as red as the clay earth, surrounded by the dry husks of weeds long parched by the Dixie sun. It is a silent sentinel, a...Tags: