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As I stepped off the van at 1419 Clinton Street in Nashville, Tennessee, the first thought that came to my mind was, “Oh my God, look at all the young people!" My heart began to pound with excitement. There were many smiles and lots of laughter as people lined up to register outside of the...Tags:
Last fall my family decided that it was time to pack up the old suitcases and fly to a place where nature reigns and civilization takes a bumpy backseat to its call. Yellowstone National Park provided the perfect fall break retreat. The first step in our planning was to book a flight...Tags:
I’m basically crawling up Giotto’s campanile. Just when I am about to die, I come to a little slit in the wall. I stand there for a while enjoying the cool drizzle of rain and looking down at the glorious dull gold-brown and yellow buildings, inhaling the scent of tobacco, city, and sweet, sweet...Tags:
When I was five years old, my family moved from Germany to Missouri. Between biannual summer trips to Germany, we made it our goal to visit all regions of the United States. We had visited the deserts of the Southwest, the Rocky Mountains of the West, and the rainy coast of the Northwest, and had...Tags:
The town of Ocean City, New Jersey is a charming, picturesque settlement comprising of approximately twelve-thousand people. Ocean City is a lively, fun-filled area where the sun may set but the excitement will last all night. With the beach and boardwalk and countless places to eat, the fun...Tags:
Not too long ago, in the summer of 2009, my mom and I visited the amazingly beautiful Thailand, located in Southeast Asia. We first boarded the, very hospitable, Eva Air 777 jumbo jet to Taiwan, and then transferred to Bangkok, Thailand. We were surprised that the luggage came fairly quickly; we...Tags:
“What happens in China stays in China.” “What happens in China?” “I don’t know! That’s why I have to go!” My mother and I were having another argument about whether I could go to Beijing to visit my cousin Sophia over the summer. My mother and I rarely saw things eye to eye, so bickering on the car...Tags:
I went to New York during my Spring Break of my school. The weather was not cold, and not hot. Everything was perfect for us to travel. This was not my first travel to New York, but New York has so many things to see. So it was not boring at all. I always feel that energy every time I go there...Tags:
It’s a balmy April evening during Holy Week. The Madrid streets are alive with a language I can only minimally keep up with, but I’m sitting with my classmates, fellow English-speakers, eating Häagen-Dazs for the first of what will be many, many times during my ten-day excursion to Spain. The ice...Tags:
The imagination of a child can go to great extremes. I always imagined myself exploring castles and going out on adventures while riding on a unicorn, going through streets filled with everything I loved and could imagine. But of course that was like 10 years ago. I’m too old for that now, or so I...Tags: