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  • A woman walks along the side of the road, a baby is tied tightly on her back with a cloth, and she clutches another closely to her bosom. She smiles brightly as the bus screeches to a stop. The women flashes another brilliant smile as the bus doors swing open. It's a long haul several miles...

  • I scuff at the orange dust with my flip-flop and stare at our cinder-brick house. It’s all packed up—my life stowed in Tupperwares tied expertly to the top of our Land Rover.The whole village has come to see us off, and Na Nyima surveying our house doubtfully asks Daddy in Tanda if we really were...

  • In April 2011 I traveled to Costa Rica with my aunt and her non-profit organization Finding Mona Lisa. When I first arrived there I almost got robbed by this man at the airport. Luckily my aunt was there to stop him. Immediately I was amazed with the scenery, there were palm trees all around the...

  • “Chairs on the ceiling? Whaling boats floating in the air? Conestoga wagons, Indian chief statues, and gallows… oh my!” These thoughts may course through the mind of a visitor to Bucks County, Pennsylvania’s Mercer Museum. Hardly your ordinary history museum, this six-story concrete castle acts as...

  • Germany. What can I say? It was absolutely beautiful. I landed in Frankfurt, Germany after nine, yes nine, hours in a plane. My parents and I rented a car from Avis, and drove down to Heidelberg, about an hour south on the Autobahn. Heidelberg is where I was born, which made it exciting for me to...

  • Imagine stepping through the security terminal gates at an airport in a foreign country that you have always wanted to travel to. Now, remind yourself that you have been saving for this trip for a year and a half. Finally, get over the shock of jetlag and realize that you aren't imagining anything...

    Tags: Europe
  • Lecciones De España This June, I was lucky enough to travel to Spain with two of my high school’s teachers and a group of twenty other people.  We travelled all over that amazing country. We started in Madrid and made our way to Toledo, then to Granada and from there to the Costa del Sol.  We...

  • When I think of Mission Impossible 2010, the most outstanding feature that comes to mind was my amazing experience with 27 Girl Scouts from all over the United States and my five crazy counselors. Spending two weeks with these amazing women helped me to realize that the most important part of...

  • “This is the best part!” says Hannah as we watch cheese buyers and sellers haggle. We are at the cheese market in the cobblestoned courtyard of Old City Hall in the town of Gouda, in the The Netherlands.HONORABLE MENTION 2014 FTF TEEN TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIPHannah, 13, is Dutch and has been to...

  • “Mommy, Nancy Khong want this porridge, it looks nasty,” I lamented to my mommy in “Vietlish”.     “Eat up before we arrive in Vietnam within the next hour,” she replied in Vietnamese. By eating the dense chicken porridge from Cathy Pacific Airline, I felt more apprehensive about visiting the land...

    Tags: Asia

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