2018 Spring Break Stories


Veeka Malanchuk, Staff Writer

For spring break many students take trips; however, this year, a few students travelled far and wide for their spring break trips.


Senior Claire Anderson spent her vacation in Egypt.


“For spring break I went to Egypt, including Cairo plus two smaller towns in southern Egypt, Luxor and Aswan,” Anderson said. “My mom is a travel agent and had gotten recent requests for her clients wanting to travel to Egypt. So she decided to go check it out and I got to tag along.”


Anderson especially liked the rich history of Egypt.


“My favorite part was going to Valley of the Kings in Luxor. We got to go into the tomb of King Tut and see his mummy and sarcophagus, which was a really unique and cool experience,” Anderson said. “It was crazy to see the amount of of detail with the hieroglyphs that covered the walls of the whole tomb. Even though it was super hot, it was worth it so see such a cool place and hear all the history behind it.”  


Guatemala was also a destination this spring break.


I went to Guatemala because my family has friends who live there and plus we just wanted to experience the Guatemalan culture,” sophomore Augusta Wayt said. “My favorite part was when we went horseback riding on the side of a volcano on Lake Atitlan. It was beautiful.”


Some students vacations focused on more than one country.


“I went to Venice, Verona, and Florence in Italy. Munich in Germany and Innsbruck in Austria.  I chose to go there because that is where the soccer trip was going and I was invited to join,” freshman Grace Garlinghouse said. “My favorite part of the trip was getting to walk around Venice and see all the waterways and alleyways. The food was incredible and everything was so picturesque.”


Many other parts of Europe were visited over spring break, including Iceland.


“Over spring break I went to Reykjavík, Iceland with my mom. We decided to go there to celebrate my upcoming graduation, and we chose it because we had a family friend who had recently been,” senior Madelyn Bou said. “My favorite part of the trip was snorkeling between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates in the Silfra Fissure. It is one of the few places in the world where you can dive between two continents.”


Many students spent spring break in the Galapagos Islands, which was offered to students as a group trip.


“During the spring break, I went to Galapágos with other Darlington students. I’ve already heard that it was a beautiful and well-protected island with many unique animals, such as boobies, iguanas, and Galapágos penguins there, which may not exist on any other place in the world,” freshman Melody Zhao said. “Also, the great geographic landscapes are also attractive. Ecuador, the country Galapágos belongs to, has several of the world biggest volcanoes.”  


Students traveled to a diverse array of destinations, but enjoyed the spring break with friends and family no matter where they went.


“I went to Tahiti and Bora Bora with my family. My dad surprised us with the trip for Christmas. He wanted to do something big and memorable for what might be our last family spring break trip,” Sklar said. “We swam with stingrays and sharks, which is one of the coolest things I have ever done. The sting rays were super friendly and wanted to be all around us, while the sharks just kind of circled us, which was a little scary at first, but really cool.”