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Most people go on vacation to relax, have fun, and make memories that’ll last a lifetime. Although my family had these expectations when we visited Nigeria in 2008, we did not get what we expected. We were surrounded by endless clamor, mosquitoes constantly attacking us, and no electricity or...Tags:
I have always had this burning ball of curiosity. What would it be like to understand a language other than my own? I wondered about the people I would know if only I possessed the capability to communicate with them. My curiosity had made me very disheartened by the mere thought of all of the...Tags:
My story begins, not with my blood family, but with my youth group family. We were all huddled together, conversing at two in the morning while waiting to begin our trek to the airport, three hours from our cozy little town in Monticello. The time between then and the plane ride to Tampa seemed...Tags:
Have you ever been on one of those trips where you started to make a trip for what to bring months in advance? Well that was exactly the kind of trip that I was on this summer. Through fundraisers and church support, our youth group was able to go to the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans. This...Tags:
My best travel vacation would have to be when my family and I visited Phuket, Thailand. I’m blessed to have been to many different places. This is because my family and I love to travel and experience new cultures and especially try new foods! We have been to different states in the America and...Tags:
In the summer of 2010, my Girl Scout troop traveled half-way across the world to Our Chalet, Girl Scout World Center in Adelboden, Switzerland (www.ourchalet.ch/). We had planned and saved for this trip for three years, so our excitement on the flight absolutely defied sleep. Yet, even jet-lagged,...Tags:
Ten miles. The annual summer hike that I do from the Maroon Bells of Aspen to the town of Crested Butte is ten miles and reaches an altitude of 12,500 feet. That’s all. Yet through the suffering of the altitude and the distance, I have gained memories I will never forget. The hike over...Tags:
It first started with a trickle. Those few drops of cold water had landed on my head, as I walked around the ancient city of Bath. My friends and I had just come out of the building housing the Roman Baths. We chatted about the green bath water and how warm it was (we had all touched it secretly)....Tags:
A small crowd of children milled around me, excitedly spurting questions as I left the elementary school. I could tell that they were repeating a particular combination of words, but because my Spanish was so limited I could not find meaning in the beautiful sounds. I had studied...Tags:
I am not an emotional type of girl. Rarely will I shed a tear, get extremely worked up about something, or let somebody upset me. My friends have only seen me cry in two situations; I am laughing so hard I shed tears of joy or, something tragic has occurred such as a death. I have known my friends...Tags: