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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Trading Parties for Planes

"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Lao Tzu A single step. One split-second decision can change everything in your future, everything that your outlook of life depends on. My life changed three years ago, when I decided that I wanted to make my memories actually memorable. This step was …

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