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Category: Young Writers Series

Barcelona: An Impactful and Unique Travel Experience

“The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson. Physically being in a place makes everything you have read about, studied and dreamed of a reality. In a way, traveling is a journey within oneself to understand how things really are, not just how they seem. After living in Barcelona for five months, I can confidently say that it’s a place full of different cultures, cuisine and experiences that will lead you to discover something new about yourself everyday. Barcelona is...

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The Hidden Charm of Clifden, Ireland’s Countryside

Clifden is a coastal town nestled in the rugged cliffs of Connemara, Country Galloway on the west coast of Ireland. The town rests along the vast Owenglin River flowing straight into Clifden bay. The misty, sea air blankets Clifden’s lush greenery sprawling across the rural landscape home to approximately 2,000 people. A town so full of wonder, my family’s decades of traveling to this hidden gem speaks to its timeless appeal.  Clifden was originally inhabited primarily by fishermen and farmers. However, in the past few decades the town has become much more cosmopolitan while still sustaining its rich Celtic...

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Indulge in Your Moroccan Fantasy: Take a Trip to Jaimas Madu Luxury Camp

Interested in disconnecting yourself from society and taking a luxurious trip unlike any other? Consider traveling outside of Marrakech, Morocco to a remote destination in the heart of the Sahara Desert. In the middle of Erg Chebbi Merzouga, there is a hotel that sits among the rolling dunes of the Sahara Desert. Located 300 miles from the center of Marrakech Morocco, Jaimas Madu Luxury Camp is a hidden gem you’ll find after an hour’s camel ride from the start of the desert. This past winter, I was lucky enough to indulge my Moroccan fantasy and spend a day and...

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Bustling Bangkok

The first stop on our backpacking journey through Asia was Bangkok, Thailand. Bangkok is the capital and is known for its beautiful street life, bustling markets and historic landmarks and temples. My companion and I stayed at the New Siam Palace in Bangkok. This hotel has a pool and a restaurant, as well as many rooms to accommodate guests. The New Siam Palace was right in the heart of Bangkok, near many restaurants and right down the street from the the infamous backpacker street in Bangkok, known as Khaoson Road. Khaoson Road is known for its nightlife and is...

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The Heart of Hanoi

Hanoi, Vietnam is one of my favorite cities. Originally colonized by the French, Hanoi’s landscaping and architecture reflects a strong Parisian influence. Historic landmarks, such as the Hanoi Opera House and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral, highlight Hanoi’s exquisite blend of Parisian and Vietnamese culture. Vespas and motor scooters take up the streets. In addition, small tables and chairs are inside and outside the restaurants, where people enjoy the famous Vietnamese coffee and pho. Our Airbnb apartment was located in the heart of Hanoi, and there, we were fully immersed in the culture of the Vietnamese people. Our first morning,...

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The Simplicity of Island Living: North Haven, Maine

Summer getaways on the East Coast can mean endless lines, beaches that are blanketed in umbrellas, towels and families; and bumper-to-bumper traffic. However, if you’re looking to escape the busyness of summer on the East Coast; consider a trip to the small island of North Haven Maine.  Just an hour ferry boat ride from Rockland, Maine, in the Penobscot Bay, lies the tiny hidden island of North Haven. It has been a summer vacation spot for families who have been coming to this magical place for centuries. It is home to famous novelist, Susan Minot, various members of the...

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Backpacking Through Asia

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” My dear friend Danny Giger lived his life by this phrase; to say he always lived every day to its fullest is an understatement. After Danny passed away in December of 2018, our memories of his love for his family and friends, zest for life and sense of adventure inspired my three best girl friends and I to embark on a month-long journey of backpacking through Asia. We began our journey in Bangkok, Thailand, where we rode in “tuk tuks,” or taxi bikes, through the hustle and bustle of...

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Cheers to the Original Sam Malone

Father’s Day Cocktail recipes and gift ideas can be found at the end of the article and fun facts about the “Cheers” TV series. Happy Father’s Day! My father, Peter Jarvis, always has been and always will be my hero. He is supportive, loving, hilarious and his spirit is contagious. Seriously, my dad lights up every room he walks into, puts a smile on every face and is always the life of the party. Say, “What?” My Dad is the Real Sam Malone… It wasn’t until I got older that I found out that my dad was the inspiration...

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