All Roads Lead to Rome

For the last 10 days, I have been spending time in the magnificent Italian cities of Venice, Rome, Florence, Siena, San Gimignano and Pisa. I was lucky enough to have my grandma Doris and my cousin Zach along for a few weeks! We ate more pizza, pasta and gelato than I knew was humanly possible. …

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Luck of the Irish

Ireland was something out of a dream. It was my first country that I was traveling completely solo, my first time truly having to break out from what I’m used to. I already had very high hopes for what Ireland would bring; my grandparents were coming to visit, I was going to some culturally and …

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Falling for the Eiffel

"A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of life." -Thomas Jefferson Standing beneath the Eiffel Tower in the midst of a calm, winter night, I could feel my heart pounding. We had trekked for miles along the city's realm; over the waters of the Seine and through winding …

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The Art of London

I have grown up learning to “expect the unexpected.” That phrase has followed me throughout my entire lifetime, and many instances have proved it to be true. But London, let me tell you, is the epitome of a place where you need to anticipate what you thought you never would. I love this city, I …

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Five Hours of Sunlight

We’ve been in Iceland for nearly a week, one of the longest stops we’ll make during this crazy backpacking trip of ours. Reykjavík has so much to offer — beautiful sights line mountainous views and soft blue skies. We’ve also coasted via bus to different parts of Iceland, places with natural beauty beyond what a …

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Upward and Onward

I’ve been on dozens of planes in my life, each feeling different emotions. I’ve felt the nerves kick in while flying cross country to national gymnastics meets. I’ve felt sheer joy coming home with my teammates after winning a national championship title for cheerleading. I’ve felt excitement when trekking to Montana to reunite with my …

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The Year of Changes

"Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life." - Omar Khayyam 2017 was a hectic year for me. I started my senior year at a new high school, so every day was filled with learning something new about myself and spending some quality time with my friends. I used to count down the …

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