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  • People always ask what brought us to Florida, frankly I have always told them what I thought the reason was; that my dad had always wanted to live here. It wasn't until a few years ago that I questioned how he could be enjoying Florida; he worked every day except Sunday. It was ironic, he couldn't...

    Tags: Europe
  • The window wass small and black, and the sky outside was an inky dark. The plane flew so effortlessly through the sky that the miles passed by in a shadow of obscurity. All around me, people were in varying states of discomfort, attempting to take hold of that elusive entity that seems to elude...

    Tags: Europe
  • I signed up. The decision could change my life. I planned on going to Nicaragua. The trip would last eight days in a new world. Even though Nicaragua is only in Central America, I soon found out life there was much different than my everyday comforts. This wasn’t a vacation or adventure; it was a...

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  • I was born in the small town of San Miguel, Jalisco in Mexico, and moved to the United States when I was six. As a kid I never knew there was any place better than the small town I lived in. When I moved to the United States it showed me that the world was a bigger place than I had ever thought,...

  • It was my first flight by myself, though it was a quick, painless one, only a short puddle hop, from the Los Angeles to San Jose airport. From there we would go to Stanford University, I was traveling to attend a law and trial conference that was being held there. For these 10 days, we would live...

  • Who would have thought when my parents moved my family to Crawford in 1998 that my neighbors would be President Bush and Rock-n-Roll legend Ted Nugent. Both men hold a deep respect for the outdoors, hunting, guns and politics, but their contributions to society are to the extreme. As for my...

    Tags: Africa, Europe
  •    My parents are originally from Monterrey, Mexico. In Hispanic culture when a girl turns fifteen she has a Quinceañera. A Quinceañera is a coming of age party celebrated when the young women turns fifteen. I’ve seen my two older sisters go through their parties and I just couldn’t wait to have...

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  • You cannot put Knoxville, Tennessee into a neat, little box and slap a bow on it. It just won’t fit. It’s tasty. It’s musical. It’s cultural. Something that special doesn’t conform into one category. That’s why Knoxville is so great year-round. QUARTER FINALIST 2013 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING...

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