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Last winter, I spent my vacation from school in Rome with my boyfriend's family. I was incredibly excited to go and had been counting down the days until departure for months. On December 23, 2010, we left on a MacArthur Airport flight to the outskirts of Rome. The eight-hour plane-...Tags:
I received news that Paris was a journey foreseeable in my bleak crystal ball a single and solid (and practically exact) year before takeoff. The wanderlust adventurer in me sky-rocketed at the thought of seeing a flag unlike America’s, the scholar in me bought too many French-English dictionaries...Tags:
ONCE THOUGHT, NOW SEE An Essay by Lydia Middleton, Imperial Missouri It was, no doubt, an enthusiastic gesture – everyone on the bus would agree. However, the hand that was waving at our delegation as it...Tags:
As the only child in my family, my parents try their hardest to keep me safe. My dad especially keeps a watchful eye over his little only; only I'm not little anymore. I just graduated from high school this past May. My best friend and I talked about a trip we would take the summer before college...Tags:
I have seen the beautiful mountains of Utah many of times. I have always dreamed about skiing on those snow covered mountains. Dreamed about how I would be a natural because it was in my blood. I would strap on my skis, ride the ski lift to the top, and glide down the mountain with skill. I could...Tags:
During the month of November, 2013, the junior class at the International School of Americas (ISA) visited a multitude of places throughout the deep south, including Birmingham, Alabama, a place some consider to be the birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement. As a student at ISA, I was able to...Tags:
As a girl of fourteen, Lizzie thought she had outgrown all of the ridiculous variations of hide-and-seek ever created. It was a game she had spent countless hours playing as a young child; however, somewhere between twelve and thirteen years of age she lost the will to play it. Even her sister,...Tags:
During the spring break of my freshman year of high school (2011), my family – which includes my twelve year old brother, my mom, and my dad – to a trip to Nepal, where we hiked for twelve days in the Himalayas to Everest Base Camp. It was an incredible experience, with breathtaking scenery...Tags:
On a hot summer day, my best friend, Rene, and I decided to take off and enjoy his last moments living in Fontana. We quickly left the house and drove off not knowing where we were going. We quickly came across a small park located on the corner Curtis and Beach called Rosena Park. We decided to...Tags: