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  • The stow-n-go compartments of our sky blue Town and Country were filled to the brim with food. If we were going to make it from Iowa to Florida in three days there would be no stopping to eat. My brother made the cold meat sandwiches while I dished up a pile of potato chips and handed the paper...

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    Tags: Europe
  • As I tossed my bags into the back of a bus bound for Washington D.C., I smiled at my best friend, and we exchanged knowing looks. Our long-term expectation of going to D.C. was finally unfolding before our eyes! It was the summer before my sophomore year, and I was traveling to Washington D.C. for...

  • It's not everyday that two 13-year-old kids get the opportunity to travel with their father to places like New Zealand,  Rarotonga, Moorea, Bora Bora, and Tahiti. That’s what happened to my brother and I on Nov. 18, 2006.  The adventures and experiences that I had on the trip will stay with me...

    Tags: Pacific
  •      For as long as I can remember I spent summers lounging on beach chairs, but this year I decided to break with tradition and leave my pampered self behind. A ten day Outward Bound rock-climbing expedition offered me that opportunity. On the bus to the Yaoundé mountain range, I asked the boy...

  • The afternoon was ripe with excitement and the car was stuffed like an over-packed linen drawer. The drive would be the worst part, and to be honest I was not looking forward to it. I tried to think positively of the ever wrapping and winding bends that gave birth to heat stricken mirages on the...

  • I extended my chapped hands into the eerie darkness. With a flip of my wrist, a dim light was suddenly cast upon a pair of low, wooden beds, each with a single wool blanket that barely spanned the length of the small cots. I slumped under the weight of disappointment. I let my bag slip off my...

  •   Alaska is a great place to live and especially to explore. Despite Alaska being the largest state, able to cover half of the Lower 48, most activity is found in the South Central region near Anchorage. Any visitor can find something to their liking. For the shopaholic and tacky tourist...

  •             In June I experienced the trip of my lifetime thus far – a nine day excursion through England, Wales, and Ireland.  I fell in love with Europe every step of the way and I was certainly blessed, for I was able to witness things that I will never forget.             London, the first stop...

    Tags: Europe
  • Driving 90 kilometers an hour on the wrong side of the road, the world was passing by me in a rapid blur of green. I felt like an outsider, viewing the world from the air-conditioned comforts of the black car. We were visiting my father’s hometown, Ning Xiang. The car bumped along the gravel-paved...

    Tags: Asia

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