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Andalusia Visit: 2008-7
2011-03-12 - My camino to Espana was a phenominal experience. I visited the southern part of spain during my trip, seeing cities like Malaga, Granada, Marbella, and Algeciras. My favorite city was Granada, where we spent the majority of our time, and the Alhambre was very cool. We actually stayed in a 16th century convent, which was an interesting experience. While we were in Spain, the Spanish national team won the 2008 Euro Cup soccer championship, so it was awesome seeing all of the celebrations in the street, the fireworks, and the hyped up Spanish people.

All in all, Spain was incredible - the terrain, the food, the isghts, and most defiantely, the people will always remain in my heart. Hasta luego, mi Espana!


Colorado Visit: 2007-12
2009-09-06 - I love skiing in Colorado. For five straight years my family took an annual skiing trip to Vail, Colorado to ski at the Beaver Creek and Vail resorts. The terrain developed me from an unexperienced east coast skiier into a skiier that could confidently explore double-black diamonds in the wild of the Rocky Mountains. Colorado is also a great place to visit in the summer. All in all, it is one of my favorite places on earth.


Connecticut Visit: 2009-7
2010-01-18 - I did a lacrosse camp with Casey Powell at a boarding school in northeastern Connecticut. The terrain was really cool, and it was also very humid in the winter. The camp was alot of fun - got alot of individual training.


Florida Visit: 2009-2
2009-09-04 - I love Florida. My family owns a condo at Cape Canaveral, so our activities typically include relaxing on the beach, go-carting, putt-putting, eating at our favorite Japanese steak house, seeing movies, checking out the Cocoa Beach Pier, watching the shuttles launch, visiting family, and heading out on cruise ships from Port Canaveral. We also have visited the Kennedy Space Center and the various Orlando theme parks.


Haiti Visit: 2004-7
2009-09-04 - I visited Haiti at Labadee, a place where the Royal Carribean Cruise Line owns private land. We went snorkeling, gift shopping, and relaxed on the private beach there. Although I did not get to experience the impoverished nation, my experience in Haiti reminded me of how fortunate I was to be in the financial position my family is in.


Ireland, Republic of Visit: 2006-7
2009-08-18 - Ireland - the Emerald Isle. My trip to Ireland in 2006 completely blew me away. Since Irealnd was the home of my ancesters, it was amazing being able to finally explore the motherland again. Some of the castles we visited included the famous Rock of Cashel fortress in the town of Cashel, Chair Castle in Cahir, the world-renowned Blarney Castle (where we kissed the Blareny Stone), Dromoland Castle, and the Dublin Castle. My favorite place we explored was the Dingle Peninsula, which was absolutely incredible. In Dingle, you can climb mountains, such as Mt. Eagle, or explore the cliffs and beaches of Slea Head. In Dublin, there;s very little you can;t do; the city is full of history and classical Irish lore, as well as vibrant with night life and the buzz of any large, modern city. We saw the Guiness Brewery, the Book of Kells at Trinity College, multiple museums, and took the time to shop down Grafton Street. All in all, Ireland is quite possibly my favorite destination; it made me truly proud of my heritage.


Kentucky Visit: 2009-8
2010-01-18 - I visited Kentucky briefly to pick up my Nana at the hospital, since she had just broken her leg on her honeymoon (at the age of 80 my grandma got remarried, and on her way to Utah she broke her leg in Cincinnati). So all in all, my experience in Kentucky was a loving one, as I showed my grandmother my love for her and she was very grateful for the trip I made :)


Massachusetts Visit: 2008-7
2010-01-16 - Went to Boston with my school in 2007 and absolutely loved the city. If you're a history buff, this is your town: Revolutionary War famous sites literally lurk around every corner of Boston, and we also stayed right next to Fenway Park, which was really cool.Aside from Boston, we also saw Lowell,Minuteman State Park, and the Lexington and Concord battle grounds (my friends and I accidentally ran our canoe into the bridge that the patriots defeated the British at for the first time in the Revolutionary War near Concord... opps).I also did a lacrosse camp in Dartmouth in 2008 which was alot of fun.


Michigan Visit: 2009-8
2009-08-18 - Michigan, my home state, is amazing. Known as the nation's Water Wonderland, Michigan's lakes and incredibly wild life make it a hot tourist destination. Many Michiganders head "Up North" in the summers to their cottages on the Great Lakes to relax with family members, enjoy the peace and quiet of small-town living, and to experience the thrill of countless water sports, such as boating, water skiing, and jet skiing. Michigan is also known for all four of its seasons; aside from Summer, the state trully comes to life with a breath taking Spring, is polished for hunting season during its fall, and is kept cool by its long and majestic winter. If the city life is your thing, Detroit has three top-notch casinos, night life, and several sports teams that thrill fans each season. Ann Arbor is also full of night life, being a nation-known college town, and Lansing is also a destination for those looking for a quiet town with a lot to offer. All in all, Michigan has a little something for everyone, and that is why it continues to be a favorite destination for travelers year after year.


Minnesota Visit: 2006-8
2010-01-18 - Went to Blaine, MN with my football team from McLean, VA for a USA Football tournament. We stayed in college dorms, got to see a Vikings football game in Minneapolis, and won our tournament. It was a fun experience.


Morocco Visit: 2008-6
2009-09-06 - When I visited Morocco with a group of missionaries in 2008, my view of the arab world was completely changed. My eyes were opened to the simplicity and humbles nature of the moroccan people. It was incredible. We visited two cities, Tetouan and Chefchaouen. Tetouan was a fairly large city, and it had some modern-european buildings as well as a fascinating medina, which was basically a labyrinth of streets bursting was genuine arabic culture. Chefchaouen was a smaller, mountainside town filled with wonder and adventure. My older brother and I took a small trek into the Atlas Mountains to explore the mountains surrounding the town. All in all, morocco was an amazing place to visit, and I would love to return there someday.


New York Visit: 2005-4
2010-01-16 - I have been to NYC twice - once with my school in fifth grade for an overnight trip, and once with my parents in 6th grade or a getaway weekend. Both times, the city was phenominal. Some of the sites I've seen were Cnetral Park, the Empire State Building, Times Square, the theater district, Chinatown, Little Italy, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and other great sites.

For travelers who havent visited New York or NYC yet, there's a reason the slogan "I Love New York" has caught on through the years...


Ontario Visit: 2005-11
2009-09-06 - The only two times I have visited Ontario were for hunting trip to my uncle's duck marsh near Windsor, which is right across the Detroit River from Detroit. The area is a place great to hunt, and the sanctuary of nature there is an excellent way to escape from the bustling streets of Detroit & Windsor.


Quintana Roo Visit: 2009-4
2009-09-04 - I have visited Q. Roo twice in my life. The first time was during a cruise to the island of Cozumel in 2004, where I remember great shopping centers and an incredible snorkeling adventure (during which we saw a barracuda). The second time was with my older brother's 2009 Senior Spring Break Trip to Maya Riviera, where we stayed at the Barcelo resort. The resort itself was fantastic - crystal water, amazing facilities, pool bars, a night club, shopping areas, and great restaurants. However, after I grew tired of the same resort day-after-day (and the sight of hung-over teenagers), I needed a getaway. Travel for me is not staying in the same resort for a week - you need to experience the country you are visiting. So, one of the days I went to a dolphin facility to swim with dolphins, which was pretty cool. A few days later I left again to see the Coba Mayan Temple (we orginally wanted to go to Chichen Itza, but since you can no longer climb the steps of the temple, we went to Coba instead, and it was fantastic!!), the tallest temple in the Yucatan Peninsula. During that day-trip, we also visited a traditional Mayan village, and swam in a Cenote, or a "sacred pool of water."
Viva le Mexico!


Singapore Visit: 2001-6
2010-01-18 - I visited Singapore while going into the third grade. The tiny country was the midway point of our family trip around the world (Washington, D.C.-Japan-Singapore-U.K.-back to D.C.), and we stopped there since we had some family friends living there at the time. I remember visiting the Singapore Zoo, seeing museums in downtown Singapore, taking a nice river boat tour, and spending time with friends and family.


Spain (Other) Visit: 2008-6
2010-01-16 - My camino to Espana was a phenominal experience. I visited the southern part of spain during my trip, seeing cities like Malaga, Granada, Marbella, and Algeciras. My favorite city was Granada, where we spent the majority of our time, and the Alhambre was very cool. We actually stayed in a 16th century convent, which was an interesting experience. While we were in Spain, the Spanish national team won the 2008 Euro Cup soccer championship, so it was awesome seeing all of the celebrations in the street, the fireworks, and the hyped up Spanish people.

All in all, Spain was incredible - the terrain, the food, the isghts, and most defiantely, the people will always remain in my heart. Hasta luego, mi Espana!


Tennessee Visit: 2008-12
2009-09-06 - Tennessee is a very cool state. I have visited there several times - for weddings, to visit family and friends, and to tour around Nashville. Some of my favorite activities have included bluff jumping, seeing the Bell Meade Plantation, and visiting Nashville.


U.S. Virgin Islands Visit: 2006-1
2010-01-18 - I have visited the U.S.V.I. twice - the first time with the Disney Cruise in 2002 at St. Thomas, and the second time for a wedding on St. John's for my cousin. I recall having fun exploring ruins, snorkeling, hiking around the beautiful landscape, enjoying the island culture, but most importantly relaxing with friends and loved ones.


Utah Visit: 2009-8
2009-09-01 - Utah - the land of contrasts. You can find everything here, from snow capped mountains which provide countless summer and winter activities to vast deserts that are just waiting to be explored. My family and I first visited this state during my Christmas Break of 2008, and we have returned to our newly purchased condo here twice since then.


Virginia Visit: 2009-6
2009-09-01 - I will always look at Virginia as my childhood state. Now living in Michigan, I lived in Virginia for 14 years in a town called McLean, which was near Washington, D.C. My school was in Arlington, a close suburb of D.C., and I still remember seeing smoke from the Pentagon on 9/11 from my school. During those crazy days, it was quite a ride living so close to the nation's capital.
Virginia is a state of contrasts, as well; around D.C. is a very modern area, but there is also mountains, ski resorts, farms, colonial towns, battlefields, beaches, and resorts.


Zambia Visit: 2009-7
2009-08-18 - My trip to Zambia was absolutely incredible. I spent most of my time around Lusaka, working in orphanges and schools. The people there were incredibly hospitable, very warm & welcoming, and very tolerant of foreigners. The food wasn't bad, either; it consisted mostly on meat and "shima," or rice tightly packed together, and you could even try a caterpillar if you so desire. We also ventured to Livingstone, where we were able to Bungee Jump off of Victoria Falls Bridge (for this, you must obtain a visa into Zimbabwe), and our hotel, the Zambezi Sun, was walking distance from the world famous Victoria Falls. The trip honestly changed my life - I am eager to return in the future!


Zimbabwe Visit: 2009-8
2009-09-04 - I visited Zimbabwe for only a mere few hours while I was bungee jumping. From my experience, Zimbabwe was adrenaline rushing, exciting, and beautiful, as the Victoria Falls set the perfect back drop for my visit.
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