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I’ll be honest, in 2008, at the young age of 14, I wasn’t the nicest Californian. In fact, I was the typical resident that despised anything that wasn’t from my state. So when I heard that my best friend was moving to Tennessee, I had all the more reason to hate a place known for Elvis,...Tags:
Aye, mi hija, cariÃ±o, tesoro…” my host mother, Susana, crooned. This was my first day with my host family in Estepona, and my brain was already in Spanish overload (Spanish immersion program) I took a deep breath as I carefully translated each word into English: my daughter, sweetheart, and...Tags:
I looked to my left and to my right. “Ohmigod! It worked!” I squealed to my friend Carson who was, like me, laying at the bottom of the Washington Monument. According to our friend and Washington D.C. local, Sheba, if you lay on your back at the bottom of the Washington Monument and put your feet...Tags:
Provodenciales, or Provo, as everyone affectionately calls it, is certainly not what one would expect of the Caribbean. The entire island chain is, in reality, little more than a glorified spit of crushed coral and metamorphic rock that somehow became populated with life. Scrubby bushes, palms...Tags:
Colorado By: Bailey King About three years ago exactly I took a trip to Colorado Springs with my dad. There we stayed with friends Phil and Joann. This was my first trip out of state, and it made me want to go everywhere. The first thing we did was land in the Denver Airport. The next couple of...Tags:
In the summer of 2008, I changed. Straying from my comfortable life in Orange County, I ventured to Aix-en-Provence, France to take part in a cultural immersion program with twenty other American students. Four weeks: an intimidating group of strangers, a captivating city, and an unquenchable...Tags:
During my sophomore year of high school I took the most life-changing trip of my life. I signed up for the school-offered Alternative Spring Break trip and before I knew it, I was on one of two Greyhound busses heading to New Orleans, Louisiana with over 60 people from my school. None of them I...Tags:
For some the ultimate vacation is soaking up the sun, lying in the warm sand off of the shores of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. For others a favorite vacation spot might be hitting the slopes in Vail, Colorado. For me, the best vacation was not spending the week at the top of a penthouse suite, but...Tags:
The brilliant sun almost blinded me that first day. Walking out of the airport in Johannesburg, South Africa, my senses were bombarded by the glare and the heat. Modern buildings were interspersed with towering trees, creating a wood and metal jungle that loomed above the crowded city streets...Tags:
Graffiti, rundown buildings, and lunar landscape engulfed my eyes as I ventured along the islands. I was not expecting to see any of those features at all! My family and I traveled to Hawaii in July of 2012. Not having been there before, we were expecting a lush, green place everywhere. As we...Tags: