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Over hearing my older sister's conversation with my father about her UT orientation this summer in July, I decided to rush into the room to realize I wasn't invited so i offered myself to go as my father and sister agreed to let me join them to go to Austin. I was extremely excited for the...Tags:
Coming from the busy excitement of London, the Tamar Valley in Devon was a breath of fresh air. A small peninsula between Devon and Cornwall, it was a green paradise. It looked just like as we pictured England to be. A patchwork of pastures, greens and yellows and browns, stretching on to the...Tags:
Around a flickering flame, four young boys lounge leisurely poking the inferno before them with sticks. Cheerily conversing, a few adventurous ones draw the smoldering sticks close to their faces. Baking in the coals, the evening’s meal of baked potatoes gradually cooks. When I remember scenes—like...Tags:
Japan has been a part of my identity for as long as I can remember. I consider Japanese my co-first language (along with English), I celebrate all the major Japanese holidays, and I regularly drive out to Torrance with my mother to go to Mitsuwa and Marukai, two major Japanese markets at which we...Tags:
It is a quiet morning. Rising before the sun, I exit the house to a foggy morning that matches my foggy state of mind. After five months I have yet to adjust to being conscious at this hour. A small, out-dated van clunks up the cobblestone-covered hill. Puffs of exhaust trail from its...Tags:
Minutes after our family exited the Bombay airport, we were stuck in traffic equivalent to that of the famous 405 freeway in Los Angeles. A frail street girl tapped on our car window, leaving her tiny handprint. She called out in Hindi: “Sister, sister, please give me money, I’m hungry.” As I was...Tags:
On every trip there is an adventure and a story to tell. The story of the semi sideswiping our van twenty minutes away from our destination for the night was the story from our Illinois trip. Another story was from a visit to California. Our car broke down. There wasn’t any shop open to help...Tags:
Last November, I took a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee with my best friend Anna and her parents. This was the second time we travelled there together, and hopefully not the last. We drove by car, and it took about 7 hours to get there. Tom, Anna’s dad, drove the whole way; while Anna, Sandy (Anna’...Tags:
To some, if not many, Iran conjures up words like “Axis of Evil”, “nuclear bombs” and “terrorism.” Such stereotypes were ingrained into my mind as I stepped off the airport tarmac in Tehran, Iran when I was fifteen. My family had decided to visit our dwindling number of relatives still living in...Tags:
Ever since I was young I loved to go places. It didn’t matter where I went. If it was just a trip to the store with mom then I was happy. I just hated staying home. I really wanted to travel and I’ve been to many places like Orlando, West Palm Beach, Juno Beach, Fort Lauderdale and the Florida Keys...Tags: