2016 TYTT Trip

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10 Apr 2016’s TYTT Trip Summary

Over spring break, Sac High students Ana Martin and Destyni Freese experienced the trip of a lifetime. They had the opportunity to travel to France as the winners of the Transforming Youth Through Travel Scholarship awarded by Context Travel in a partnership with St. Hope Public Schools. Over the course of the 10 unforgettable days,…

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08 Apr The King’s Power / First Time for Everything

Versailles is breathtakingly beautiful and filled with allegorical features. At a first glance the statues and fountains seem to be just for decoration. However that is not the case, architects thought of everything and had a reason for everything. Everything in Versailles was an expression of the King’s power. The fleur-de-lis and the sun symbols…

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05 Apr All the Symbols

As I roam the streets of Paris I realize there are endless things to discover in this city. I’m not just talking about the monuments. There are hidden details at every turn. This city has amassed so much history that I wonder if even people who were born here have had the opportunity to see…

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04 Apr Parisian food Culture

The scents and bright colors attacked my senses. I could smell the freshness of the fruits and vegetables. Is this what real fresh food is like? Is it possible that one can come and buy these products every day? It’s so easy to get seduced by the food in Paris, to get lost in the…


02 Apr My Food Adventures

With my first bite, I tasted crystals of caramelized sugar. Then came the warm embrace of the buttery layers of flaky dough. It was like a super croissant, and I could not get enough of it. Its name was a Kouign Amann, and it’s difficult to find this pastry in regular cafes because it originates…


31 Mar Bonjour!

The first time I said the words I was filled with anxiety and anticipation. Was I pronouncing it right? Would the waiter understand me? I gathered my courage and went for it: “Excusez-moi, l’addition, s’il vous plaît?”  After the words left my mouth I immediately looked at everyone sitting with me at the table. My…


31 Mar Art at the Louvre

I had to double check if I was in the right room. Was I in the Louvre or at a rock concert? I felt the elbows and shoulders of strangers all around me, my body was being pushed forward, I even lost my balance a few times. My personal bubble was beyond burst. I heard…


20 Mar Destyni and Paris

For the past few months, I have known that I am the co-winner of the Transforming Youth through Travel scholarship sponsored by Context Travel, and now that the trip draws closer to the big day of my departure for Paris, I grow anxious in the best possible way. The plane ride across the Atlantic will…

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20 Mar Ana is going to Paris

There are fewer than three days left until I leave for Paris, and I still can’t seem to wrap my head around everything. Just thinking about the plane ride makes me nervous and excited. I have never been on an airplane, so I can only imagine what it will be like. I can’t picture myself…