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Students spend spring break in the north and south

Some student vacation destinations extend beyond South Carolina. Two students recount their spring break trips from New England to the Sunshine State.

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Students spend spring break in the north and south

The sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Austin's cruise spent two days on the water between islands.

The sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Austin's cruise spent two days on the water between islands.

Contributed by Kaitlyn Austin

The sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Austin's cruise spent two days on the water between islands.

Contributed by Kaitlyn Austin

Contributed by Kaitlyn Austin

The sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean. Austin's cruise spent two days on the water between islands.

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When the temperature starts to increase and pollen dusts cars, students steadily begin to feel the itch that only a week at the beach can scratch. Of course, spring break doesn’t have to be spent at the closest beach around. Senior Kaitlyn Austin went on a cruise off the coast of Florida, nearly 800 miles away from Northwest.

“We went to Carnival’s island, called Princess Cays, and then stopped at Nassau in the Bahamas,” Austin said.

Cruise lines are often known for having their own islands. Private resorts reserved for swimming, shopping or simply enjoying the beach allow vacationers to relax away from the ship. However, the boat itself is not limited in possible ventures.

“They had all kinds of activities from Build-a-Bear to Clue,” Austin said. “They also had several musicians that were always playing somewhere on the ship. At night, they had a big show with dancers and singers and trivia competitions.”

The cruise stopped back on land, allowing Austin to visit the market town of Nassau, decorated with vendors and street food all down the roads.

“I didn’t get to (see) much because I went on (an) excursion to swim with dolphins,” Austin said.

Over 1,000 miles north on the east coast from the Bahamas, sophomore Madeline Waterfield was enjoying her spring break in New York.

“There was definitely a lot to see just walking around (New York),” Waterfield said.

Waterfield visited the Empire State Building, National September 11 Memorial & Museum, Museum of Natural History, M&M’S World, the Statue of Liberty and the apartment building on which the TV show Friends was set.

“The apartment might have been my favorite because I really love Friends,” Waterfield said.

Contributed by Madeline Waterfield

New York illuminates the night sky with dozens of skyscrapers. Waterfield visited multiple monuments in the urban city over spring break.

While New York is known for many iconic buildings, the musicals performed on Broadway are just as popular. The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and Oklahoma! being some of the most popular, Waterfield saw the well-known Wicked on stage.

“The musical was also one of my favorites,” Waterfield said. “The singing was amazing.”

Both Austin and Waterfield enjoyed separate but distinct vacations over spring break. From monuments and musicals in Manhattan, to sun tanning and swimming in the Sun Belt, or any number of activities and destinations between, spring break is a time meant to relax and recoup before the end of the school year–and exams–roll around.

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