Winter in Poland

I am a first generation American, both parents having immigrated to the United States from Poland in their 20s. I go to Poland every summer and occasionally in the winter to visit both sides of my family. This past winter break, I spent two weeks in this beautiful country, staying a
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Take a stroll down memory lane in Sacramento

On a wonderful whim, my family and I took a little day trip to Sacramento. From my hometown of Stockton, CA, the drive was a mere 45 minutes, and it was well worth the journey. Living in a different part of the Central Valley for 11 years, I always romanticized
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Revelling in the beauty of Puerto Rico

During the summer before my junior year, I travelled to Puerto Rico through Apogee Adventures, a company that offers summer camp programs that allow students to provide community service outside the country. The trip I went on was called the Caribbean Service Adventure. It started in San Juan, the capital of Puerto
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A hungry tourist in palm-fringed Los Angeles

Growing up in southern California, there were always too many cities to visit, too many restaurants to check out and ample selections of tourist attractions. In the midst of exploration, I rarely found the time to immerse myself in the beauty and culture of Los Angeles. The reason? I blame
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Run away to Monterey Bay

Situated beside the Pacific Ocean, Monterey Bay is an idyllic vacation spot for peace and rest. Right before Thanksgiving weekend, my friends and I made an overnight trip. We started the morning early, and after rejuvenating ourselves with a round of holiday drinks from Starbucks, we were on our way.
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My love affair with New York City

It’s difficult to pinpoint what I love so much about New York City. It could be the aura of sophistication the city possesses, the immensely tall skyscrapers, the fast-paced lifestyle or the endless choices of dessert options. New York City is a destination I can only visit a few times
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A fading memory of Lake Tahoe

Few weekends ago, I took my own advice and sought out a little solace from California’s own glistening jewel of natural beauty and timeless clarity: Lake Tahoe. In preparation for my adventure, I couldn’t help rekindling old memories in my mind. My excitement for this outing quickly became clouded by
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Summer soul-searching in the Philippines

The Philippines — a tropical archipelago located in the Pacific Ocean, composed of approximately 7,000 islands (slightly fewer during high tide) and the country I call “The Motherland.”  I wasn’t actually born in the Philippines, but it’s literally the motherland: the land in which my mother was born, as well as
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I was wrong, Alaska is surreal

When my mom mentioned this May that we were possibly going on a 15-day trip to Alaska, I had to admit I was hesitant. Part of the trip included a weeklong cruise, which I was not too thrilled about because I have a history of awful experiences with boats. As soon
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Girl meets world: Paris

When I was in elementary school, my father asked where I would travel if I could pick any place in the world. I immediately answered with “Paris,” because it seemed unattainable; it looked so beautiful in pictures, like something that only existed in a fairy-tale world. Ten years later, at the end of
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