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*/ As cliché as the location may be, there is nothing cliché about Paris, France. Traveling there with my family a couple years ago, I was immersed in what makes the french lifestyle so famous. I saw for the first time what made so many American writers and artists travel to the iconic city...Tags:
Since I've been a child, I've longed to explore and travel. This past month, I had my first chance when I traveled to Costa Rica with my school. It was the most amazing experience of my life and I loved every second of it. I went with a group of eight seniors, four juniors, including myself, and...Tags:
Since I can remember, my family has taken a yearly travel to the beach. Through the changes in my life (divorce, lost friends, and the like) the beach seemed to always be a safe-haven for me. So, the summer before my senior year, my family traveled to Corolla, North Carolina for the first time. I...Tags:
My travels to Kolkata, India with 14 other friends and teachers from my school opened my eyes to what most of the world lives like. I now realize how truly blessed I am! I have also learned that life is not about serving me; it’s about serving others, and turning the blessings I have been given...Tags:
Hidden away in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is seemingly just another small town on the road to bigger, brighter places. A person may drive through the town and see run-down houses and boarded-up windows. It’s the type of town that hardly appears suited for living, but, while you’re there, takes...Tags:
It was the first weekend of the school year and I was impatiently waiting for the doorbell to ring so that I could be on my way to Imperial Beach with my best friend Lindsey. When the doorbell finally rang, I shot up from my chair, grabbed my suitcase and rushed to the front door to find...Tags:
Back in the summer of 2005, my family and I took the longest road trip I can imagine. We live in northern California and our destination was Chicago Illinois. As if the two thousand miles between these locations wasn't enough, my parents decided we would take an even longer route than necessary...Tags:
My step-father has been in my life since I was 5-years-old, and I am now 18. He has been a great inspiration to me, and a wonderful father. He has taken me under his wing , and so has his family. My step-father was raised in Hawaii, and ever since we’ve meet I have always wanted to go...Tags:
Last month, my family embarked on a trip to Bangladesh. My parents were more than excited to go. I, on the other hand, was not so happy. My somber attitude stemmed from my last visit to Bangladesh. Two words: stomach virus. However, my parents firmly told me that I had no choice but to go, and...Tags:
Two summers ago I went to Sweden with a program called CISV. Four fifteen-year-olds from a dozen countries around the world were selected to live, eat, debate, plan, clean, and learn together. We lived in a small high school where we shared bathrooms, feelings, and our deepest secrets. CISV is a...Tags: