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  • I could see the hurt, the pain, the sting of shattered hope; it was staring right at me.  And what could I do but stare right back?  But there was more: bitterness, distrust, anger, and to a degree - hatred; all focused directly at me and my companions. The drastic and potential violence of the...

  • My eight grade year was the year i awaited for so long. I would be so close to leave middle school, one step closer to the school that everyone looked forward to, High School. Every eight grader looked forward to an eight grade trip we took toward the end of the year to the East Coast. It was a...

  • My high school choir travels to one country a year for two weeks. While in that country we sing in various cathedrals and sight see. This year I was fortunate enough to go to Italy, and being a third Italian myself intensified my excitement. I remember that in the airport it did not look too much...

    Tags: Europe
  •                 This summer I traveled to Zambia with Heart of the Bride. Heart of the Bride is a missions organization dedicated to serving God and spreading the gospel throughout the world. Through fundraising and prayer, God provided me with all of the money I needed to go on this trip in just...

  • We’d been in Chile for five days and I was really missing communicating with ease. Negotiating the language barrier was exhausting and I was sure I was beginning to lose my mind. As our neon yellow bus pulled up to the school, it was clear that the people riding in the monstrosity were not locals....

  • "Incomparable."  That is one of many words to be used to describe the ancient city that is Rome; nothing in the world can explain the sensation of being in the center of this diverse, historical metropolis. Walking aimlessly through its worn streets, hearing authentic music and the beautiful...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  •         During the summer of 2012 I had the opportunity to travel from my suburban town in Minnesota to Chicago with my youth group from church. We went with the goal to show the love of God to every person we came in contact with. We had a thirst to serve. Not to show that we were better, or...

  • Ten tours, ten info-sessions, five days. In the modern craze of the college search, the average student must be as thorough as possible in exploring the vast array of secondary education opportunities. Thus, in April 2007, I sacrificed my spring break of junior year to conduct a whirlwind tour of...

  •      Two years ago, my mom’s side of the family was hit hard when her father, my grandfather, or lolo in Tagalog, passed away. In order to attend his funeral, we were required to make the long trip to the Philippines from where we were currently residing, in Hawaii. I had visited the Philippines...

    Tags: Asia
  • I sped along, imagining myself as a glamorous young woman with sun-kissed skin and long flowing hair skimmed effortlessly across the crystalline blue ocean. I raced faster, and faster, my board no longer even touching the water! I was flying! I grasped the heavy boom, preparing to swing the sail...

    Tags: Caribbean

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