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As I made my way off the plane, I was more than a little relieved that the excruciating flight to El Salvador was at an end. We boarded a bus and headed towards El Castillo de Ray, the place we were staying before leaving on our mission. Absorbing the culture like a sponge, I looked...Tags:
Growing up my parents made sure they kept me safe and out of trouble whether that meant putting seemingly unnecessary restrictions on more or not. So when I discovered I would be allowed to take a beach trip with my friends this summer I was overjoyed! Finally I was going to be able to pan...Tags:
"Destination: Garmisch, Germany. Five hours, thirty-seven minutes. Take the first right, then turn left." the monotone voice of our trusty GPS echoed through the car. We did as we were told. I looked out the window, which appeared as though I was watching the Travel Channel. I wished we...Tags:
Traveling is my favorite thing in the world, and my favorite place in the world is Kenai, Alaska. It's breathtakingly gorgeous, and seems to become a world of its own. The town breaths with life, swaying and changing with the ever present cool mountain breeze. The greenery exudes the fresh scent of...
There was a school break during which we traveled to the classic old city of LiJiang, China. It’s located in Yunnan province in the Southwest of the country, right in the foothills of the Himalayas. There is a tiny domestic airport, where travelers often arrive having connected from KunMing, the...Tags:
As I was waiting for the plane to take off I kept thinking to myself about what it was going to be like in Italy, till I got there. During my trip in Italy, I learned a lot about the country's culture and history. The country compared to America is so different and it is surprising how a couple of...Tags:
Gold was everywhere: the buildings, the parks, the people. Everything possessed an aura that was unquestionably golden. That was what I noticed the moment I stepped from the dim yellow lights of the airplane into the night-time brilliance that was London. Even in the harsh...Tags:
Did you know that 72 million children of primary school age in the developing world are not in school?! It shocked me because in America, every child has access to education. Due to my outstanding community service, an organization called buildOn, chose me and 11 other students to help build a...Tags:
When travelling to Illinois, most people wouldn’t even consider Lisle as a possible destination. Dwarfed by cities like Aurora, Naperville, and Chicago, why would anyone choose to visit the small town? It is precisely for that reason that it should be considered. Lacking much of the...Tags:
Ever since I was little, my family has taken a trip to Ocean City, Maryland. But over the years, it's been a little boring and sometimes tiring. On a Saturday every summer at 6 a.m., the annual family trip to Ocean City begins. We've even developed a usual sitting arrangement after many arguments...Tags: