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Good morning Shanghai, my second home. The scattered rays of sunlight that manage to penetrate through the thick smog don't quite do justice to the city, a place better clothed in the sexy black of the night. However, one of the best ways to spend the day in Shanghai is indoors, in one of our...Tags:
Back in the summer of 2006, I traveled to France with my sister, Michelle, and my father, Eric. This trip changed the way that I viewed different cultures. I was able to speak a little French when I was there because I had one year of French class under my belt. My family stayed in a quaint hotel...Tags:
As the saying goes, “Rome was not built in a day.” Therefore, being able to explore all of Rome and its treasures in a day alone is a highly impossible feat. To make this equation more difficult, add a barely walking 67-year-old grandma, a history buff father, a just turned 40, take charge mom, a...Tags:
Travel is the insane desire to become lost. Lost in a culture, a language, lost in ourselves. And when I decided to study abroad for a year, I was completely unaware of how my world would change, of how the experience was as much about understanding humanity, as it was discovering France. When...Tags:
I did it! I did it! I convinced my parents to send their fifteen year old daughter to Europe! I couldn't believe it! It was all really happening; the luggage, the tickets, the passport, I was on my way to England, France, and Italy with my drama troupe! I lay in bed all night awake, practically...Tags:
My vacation to Positano, Italy, was more than merely a good time. On the rocky shore of the Mediterranean’s turquoise blue water, I learned whom my family was, and in turn, who I was. This shore had sheltered the hopes of my Nonna, whom as a thirteen-year- old girl, looked out her window to the...Tags:
Inside, the bus was complete chaos. My classmates, thrown into some unusual blend of unrestrained excitement and absolute terror, were screaming, hanging onto their friends for dear life, or demanding last-minute advice from the French teachers. Observing this chaotic scene, I couldn't help...Tags:
The French culture has always been present in my life. My fascination stems from childhood; family members and friends constantly told me that the French culture was refined, the people were sophisticated, and that the cuisine was exquisite. Naturally, I began to form romantic views of France; I...Tags:
I'd always lived in California. I'd never been anywhere else -- not even out of state! -- and I can't imagine living anywhere else. This, I suppose, is exactly why my mother intended to visit her native Taiwan this summer -- and drag my brother and me along. I abruptly fainted. I'll say it right...Tags:
Traveling experiences have fascinated many individuals around the world. In 2007-2008, the family and I went to Mexico in which we have not visited in eight years, as a family. Many of us were thinking, how would they react when we arrive? Would they notice us? What are we going to do when we get...Tags: