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  •      Australia, to me, has always seemed very different from my home in Washington State. Animals like, koalas and kangaroos and places like the outback and Great Barrier Reef set this country-continent apart. As a young boy watching The Crocodile Hunter, I dreamed of traveling Down Under though...

  •  After three steaming days backpacking in a Costa Rican jungle, my thoughts should have been on a more predictable topic. A shower, perhaps. Maybe a memory of scaling waterfalls, or seeking famed tapirs. Instead, I was watching in astonishment as one of my hiking companions writhed in perfume-...

  • Early one morning after much packing, my family and I headed onto a 7 hour road trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. My family consists of five people. First, my parents, who love road trips and insist on traveling no other way, are riding with me. My 21 year old sister who loves to talk just as much as...

  • The Breathtaking Beauty     “Buckle your seat belts and prepare for take-off,” belted the intercom on the airplane. My family and I were headed to Bow, New Hampshire, a small town nestled between Concord and Manchester. Even though my cousins do not live way out in the country, it felt like it...

  • 4:00 AM twisting and turning in a plane seat; I am trying to sleep, but the snores around me keep me alert and awake. To my surprise, I look at the screen from the EL AL television monitor, and discover there is only an hour left. No longer irritated; I am anxious and excited for the arrival. I...

  • My mom, sisters Ania (13) and Natalia (11), and I were going to Spain for a vacation from vacation. We had spent the last month in Poland, trying to reboot our Polish. We were going to visit my Aunt, Kasia. She was getting married soon, and we wanted to meet her fiancé, Javier. This trip was going...

    Tags: Europe
  • “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.” That’s what they say about the bright City of Entertainment. Walking through the famous Las Vegas Strip, I couldn’t help but be mesmerized at how a group of hotels and casinos could distinctly define a small spot in the middle of a vast desert land. Maybe...

  • Sure, India has its share of problems with weather and pests, but yearly visits to my grandparent’s home have even made mosquitoes seem like my extended family. However, two summers ago, just when I thought nothing could surprise me, I came across the most meaningful experience of my life.  ...

    Tags: Asia
  • I stood with nerves tingling among a small, shy group of teens at the airport. I, at fifteen years old, paid for my own tuition and plane tickets to come on this four-day Washington D.C. trip organized by TeenPact: together, the expenses totaled to $588.40. My parents paid for my week-long Metro...

  • I spent the beginning of my sixteenth summer settling into routine of living off cereal and watching reruns all day. However, I had a rude awakening when my youth pastor convinced my parents that I should go to Honduras and do something useful with my summer. Because I was irritated with my parents...

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