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The days prior to arriving in Paris were full of warnings that the experience would be confusing, chaotic, and strange. It would be like landing on another planet, they said. A far cry from London and an even further cry from America. The trip under the English Channel, with nothing but darkness...Tags:
Starting my junior year of high school, I was new. I had just moved in with my mom to Franklin, Tennessee. We had been planning a cruise for about a year and, typical of us, did not time it very well. Within a week of starting school, we were off for 10 days. So not only would I have the delight of...Tags:
I awoke to the dull roar of the engines and the gentle rocking of the airplane. As I sat up, I half expected to have a tight knot in my neck. However, as I gently moved my head around, I realized that I had been quite comfortable as I slept. I looked around and instead of seeing rows and rows of...Tags:
If you haven’t seen Barcelona at twilight, you will never really understand the true meaning of the word “beautiful.” I toured Barcelona on a cold, yet refreshing December day. The weather was perfect and the Spanish air was crisp as I strolled along the busy shopping street of Barcelona and...Tags:
It could have been yesterday: The tangled stratum of purposeful noises, the primitive industrial pollution, the draft of oriental fragrances, the fluctuating wall of rushed foreign syllables. It was a world of western desire despite the eastern reality. I remember the chaotic bicycle traffic, the...Tags:
I have always been intrigued by my dad’s homeland. Nestled in between Costa Rica and Colombia, PanamÃ¡ is a tropical country filled with rainforests, exotic animals, and thousands of Panamanians proud of their country. But while PanamÃ¡ is a culturally rich land, many Panamanian citizens live...Tags:
At four a.m. I saw the steam from the aromatic maté tea rise up from my mug. I packed light, ate bread and butter, and sipped my tea in a zombie-like manner. My host mother and I gave swift, yet tender hugs goodbye as I zoomed out to Ollantaytambo’s plaza in the Sacred Valley of Peru. From there...Tags:
I have family all over the place. This provides me with an opportunity to travel to a lot of different places and gain exposure to different lifestyles. Every year, without question, I’ve ended up at my grandmother’s house in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. It’s a small town with a...Tags:
Traveling with family has its benefits, but nothing is better than exploring Peru by yourself with nothing but a backpack, a cell phone, and a wad of cold hard cash. Over the course of this year I’ve become addicted to traveling by myself, exploring the country I grew up in. So when I heard that my...Tags:
On July 14th 2009 my mother, sister, and I set out to drive to Niagara Falls. We packed our bags and car with snacks and any necessities we would have needed for the long trip ahead. We left our home in the afternoon and drove to a hotel in Ithaca, New York which leaves us half way. We woke...Tags: