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One of my most favorite traveling experiences I have had is going on vacation with my family to Myrtle Beach. We would go every year on a week before spring break. It gives us time to escape from the real word and just enjoy spending quality time with each other. We get to experience things that...Tags:
“Okay, okay,” I answered, obediently following the herd of girls, ages 7 to 11, out of the small classroom and into the sweltering summer heat of Taiwan. Although the girls did not specify what they wanted me to do, through their actions and bright smiles, I knew the students—and what I would later...Tags:
A small crowd of children milled around me, excitedly spurting questions as I left the elementary school. I could tell that they were repeating a particular combination of words, but because my Spanish was so limited I could not find meaning in the beautiful sounds. I had studied...Tags:
It’s a tradition in my family that we take at least one cruise annually. Last summer, it was a seven day cruise to the Southern Caribbean. We piled into the car, drove to the airport, flew to Miami, and from Miami to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Our itinerary included: Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St....Tags:
The most thrilling thing I did during the summer of 2008 (and probably during my lifetime) was to tour Western Europe for twenty-five days with Explorica Student Tours. This experience with my peers, who at the time were all strangers to me, changed my outlook on meeting new people,...Tags:
It all started the day my mother picked me up from school and handed me my first orange travel umbrella, complete with little orange carrier, and my first official passport. The kitchen table started piling up with maps and travel books like "Experience Paris: A Travel Guide", "Rick Steve'...Tags:
The trips we took in my marine biology class were my most memorable high school experience; one that stands out in particular is my trip to Catalina Island. My class and I took part in a three day two night adventure to see the recovering kelp forest of Catalina. The adventure began with a two...Tags:
Letchworth State Park is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Located in the hills of Western New York State, the 17-mile stretch of the Genesee River is known as the “Grand Canyon of the East”. There is a magnificent gorge bisected by three stunning waterfalls, Lower, Middle and Upper.My...Tags:
My mother’s bedtime stories narrated her childhood encounters with fairies and dwarves, her adventures in the meadows of Natternbach (her hometown in Austria, Europe), and her memories of her family of seven, all too familiar with my own siblings, as we are now a family of six. So when we all went...Tags:
In school, I was not a history buff. I didn't see the point in learning history, and I felt that it was all just memorization. However, I still decided to take AP US History in the hopes that maybe it would change my mind. Well, I was certainly not prepared to become a history-loving student and...Tags: