Living Within the History

After finishing my lovely trip through Spain and Portugal in March, I hopped on another flight to Berlin. This was the start of my visit through the most central and eastern countries of Europe. Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland were the first three stops on my travel itinerary for April. I had visited Berlin …

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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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Belgium’s Treasure

As Brooke and I sat near the famous Mont St. Michel in northwest France, we tried to decide how we were going to continue on our planned journey of southern France. The trains were all full, and the buses were more expensive than we had hoped. Nothing major was drawing us to stay in France; …

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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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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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