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  • As a 15-year-old, when I heard that my family was taking a trip to the Gardens by the Bay at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore, I was far from keen. But as I stepped into the one-of-a-kind Cloud Forest I was transported to a world far from the crowded streets and tall skyscrapers of Singapore. The...

    Tags: Asia
  • The last week of August 2005, a natural disaster struck the southern United States and impacted millions of lives. Hurricane Katrina caused grief, tragedy, and despair. But for me, it was a blessing in disguise. One of the 400,000 displaced citizens of New Orleans was 15-year-old Chelsea. Fearing...

  •                  As a young girl, growing up in front of the television, dreamily scanning through countless magazines, and attempting to sing like the vocalists on the radio, I was constantly surrounded by the productions of Hollywood.  Back then I hadn’t a clue where most of the fame and fortune...

  • As I carefully dragged my sleeping bag out from a pile of typical dusty, smelly closet debris at one o'clock in the morning, I tried to recall the last time I spent the night in a sleeping bag. As I generally avoid any sleeping arrangements that lack a comfortable bed, I figured that I most...

  • As I was up in Bishop this past week, I journaled everything that happened. Words cannot express how happy I am to be HOME. But, while writing, I've mentioned a few of you because something reminded me of you. Enjoy. 24 June 2012 Well, we're finally here. The ride up wasn't as bad as I...

  • “First we’ll have to cross crocodile pond, and then we’ll go up ice mountain,” little Elijah said, as he clasped my hand tightly and started to sprint across the gym. The five year old was one of many missionary children who attended the vacation bible school that was hosted by my church. The week...

  • Ever since I was a tiny little girl, I have been obsessed with the magical world of Harry Potter. I'm sure many people have, but I'm serious when I say it's been a giant part of my life for twelve years now. And of course, like any other uber-fan, I'd longed to go to Hogwarts, and to be able to...

  • Five people and one clearly possessed dog. That was how my summer started out. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina so I rarely see my family who live in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. However, in one moment of nostalgia, my dad shipped me off to Massachusetts to spend time with his family. In honor of...

  •  In the beginning of April of 2009, I was still in my freshman year at Vista High School. I was a member of the Vista Regimental Marching Band, and I was going to the United Kingdom with this group of kids I had just met. We were met at Heathrow Airport in London by our tour guide, Ela. She was a...

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  • Welkom bij Wassenaar!  Welcome to Wassenaar!  Wassenaar is a quaint Dutch town which lies between The Hague and Leiden, two major cities along the Netherlands North Sea Coast. Wassenaar is more homey and calm than these metropolitan cities. While you can have the familiarity of home, you can also...

    Tags: Europe

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