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The way Coney Island is, you can never pinpoint how exactly it’s supposed to feel; it’s different every time. On the last day I visited it felt especially gritty, from the way the gray overcast sky made the small shops look even more battered to the way the wooden boardwalk creaks with each...Tags:
Los Angeles, the city recognized worldwide for its glamour, is also well known as a center of ethnic diversity. Throughout its history Los Angeles has been home to immigrants from all over the world resulting in a culturally varied city. Arguably the strongest influence, Mexican immigrants had a...Tags:
In November of 2008, I experienced the most incredible week of my entire life. I had packed myself a bag, with a pillow and blanket in hand, and set out for a weeklong road trip with five friends from Minnesota. I knew beforehand that living in a dirty, smelly van with six guys in a band for a...Tags:
I’m pretty sure that everyone, young or old, has a memorable vacation spot that he or she visited as a child. For me it’s St. George Island, specifically the Beach House called Cut Bait that my uncle owned. I know a lot of people who have been to St. George, but I...Tags:
June 28, 2009 I left to depart on my trip to Philmont, New Mexico. My boy scout troop and 4 others from other troops formed a crew to go on a trek in Philmont. I was voted as our crew leader, this was a huge honor to me. This meant that I had the respect and trust of the others to lead them on our...Tags:
Even before my crew of 13 (nine boys and four dads) had arrived at Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico, we’d heard the stories of Black Mountain. I didn’t believe them, I mean who would? Near vertical slopes, loose rocks, and an all but nonexistent trail? We told ourselves that it was impossible,...Tags:
BEEP. BEEP. My alarm clock drones just as groggily as I do at six on a Sunday morning. As I get ready for work I think about the day ahead. After I get off work at noon, I will spend the rest of my day juggling doing laundry, finishing homework, tutoring my sister, studying for the SAT, and...Tags:
It was not supposed to be anything other than getting my oldest brother, Andrew, settled into his new job at Epic Systems Corporation in Verona, Wisconsin. At least, that is what I first thought. However, that trip ended with my eyes open to a knowledge that things, or places in this case, are...Tags:
Most people would write a blog about their hometown or a foreign place like London or Paris. I have chosen a place that is hidden and unknown to many. It is a place that I feel at home and that I visit every year. White Cloud, Kansas is a small, rural town in the northeastern corner of Kansas,...Tags:
The day had finally arrived. After months upon months of planning, I was finally packing my bags, going over checklists, and running to the store to purchase even more unnecessary items. My bags were heavy (because, of course, I couldn't leave anything behind) as I passed them to the baggage...Tags: