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Making a permanent impression since 1994


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The Capitol, museums and more

The nation's capital may be the summit of a superpower, but the city is not as imposing as it sounds. Ordinary people live, work and play in tree-lined neighborhoods. Click here for story

Exploring the best of Gotham City

Whatever you call it, New York City is bustling, chaotic and cosmopolitan, the city that never sleeps. There's so much here and I truly love it! Click here for story

Boston, Salem and John Harvard's lucky foot

My tour guide, Bob, a big and friendly guy, greeted us at Boston's Logan Airport and led us into a yellow school bus. Next stop: the Motel 6 in Tewksbury, Mass. Click here for story


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Kaishi Lee in Washington, D.C. with the U.S. Capitol in the background.

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Name: Kaishi Lee

Age: 15

Country of origin: Singapore

Countries visited prior to trip: Australia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Malaysia 

Pop quiz: What was I doing for 12 days on the U.S. East Coast?

I took a literary tour of the United States, co-organized by my school, Nanyang Girls' High School and Global Seminars. My first trip to the U.S., I found it unlike Singapore in many ways: four seasons, Little Italy next to Chinatown in New York City, breathtaking skyscrapers -- and it has GAP.

The literary tour exposed me to great American authors like Henry D. Thoreau and Harper Lee. I traveled to rural towns like Montgomery, Ala., where I caught Shakespeare's Julius Caesar and later took a bus to Monroeville where I watched the tension and suspense of To Kill a Mockingbird in the courtroom there.

I tried Southern food and hot bagels bought on the streets of New York. Meeting people and taking pictures of Walden Pond, Harvard University and the Washington Monument as evening fall was especially memorable.

The only sore point? The trip could've been longer.