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I’ve always wondered about the possibility of having two real homes, and looking back at that moment, my heart couldn’t have felt happier to have the chance to go to China, where a lifetime adventure was waiting for me to spend with family and friends. Nevertheless, the thought of leaving home...Tags:
Having never been out of the United States, I got the opportunity earlier this summer to travel to Spain with some classmates and a teacher chaperone. My school arranged the trip with a company called EF Tours. It was an experience that definitely changed my view of the world and allowed me to...Tags:
When someone mentions a great ski resort, destinations that pop into the mind of any skier or rider include Vail, Jackson Hole, Park City, and Squaw Valley. Idaho is the last place any sane person would look to vacation, let alone go for a ski trip. It's rather unfortunate for them that they...Tags:
Our first stop in Phenom Pehn was Tol Slong, a former prison during the Cambodian genocide. Before the genocide it was a high school, but the Khmer Rouge converted it into a prison and place of torture. Little was done to convert the prison into a museum, and there were times when I was walking...Tags:
Years ago, I took a trip to Costa Rica with my school. My chaperones had many things planned for us, but I did not know how terrifying, yet fun they would be. Costa Rica is known for its beaches and vast types of water recreations. However, ever since my dad senselessly threw me in the pool when...Tags:
"I've had enough! Can't we stop now?" "We're not stopping now, honey. We've climbed this far and either way, we'll have to climb back. Let's move out!" These words were my father’s, addressing my mother, sister, and I, slumped on boulders, exhausted after the...Tags:
During the summer of my junior year, the pressure was mounting for me to choose a career path and work towards it. Being indecisive by nature, the countless possibilities of the future felt quite overwhelming and I simply didn’t know where to begin. Naturally, of course, my parents were more than...Tags:
As I sit in a rental car and gaze upon Boston’s coastline, I admire the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean that is almost as serene and blue as the clear sky above it. On the other side of the road, I see trees and buildings, some been built over 100 years ago, some modern. This city is an enormous...Tags:
"You have reached your destination." said the GPS. I looked excitedly out the window. "Ahh, Sacramento." You know, Downtown, in the middle of no where with Farms surrounding you. Yep! That one. We had arrived at the La Quinta Inn in Downtown Sacramento. My band family had checked in and scurried...Tags:
Dusty street carts bustled along the sidewalk, passing various clothing and grocery vendors who lined the streets with umbrellas and blankets covered with fruits, vegetables and trinkets. Lao ye (Grandpa) wheeled his rusted bicycle to carry the groceries that Lao lao (Grandma) had haggled down to...Tags: