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  • The title  "Costa Rica: It never happened!"captues the cultivating experience that I had in La Cruz, Costa Rica. One of the girls in my group often quoted "It never happened!" to something amazing that we experience, but had no words to describe it. My trip to Costa Rica did in fact happen, but...

  • From my perch on the blinding white rooftop of the half-built church, I could make out the tips of the farmacias and the scattered rusty storefronts, dreary-eyed like their owners at siesta time. If I squinted a little more, I could see the miles of debris at the bottom of the hill, each pile a...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • America idolizes the idea of being the greatest country on earth. We are raised to focus on everything domestic, thus becoming ignorant to what is beyond our borders. I traveled into the heart of Europe, Germany, and received a fresh perspective of how the world is connected. We arrived in...

  • Sitka Alaska: Just 90 miles south of Juneau, the capitol of Alaska. A home to black bears, whales, eagles and a whole bunch of fishermen. A land where houses are left unlocked with wallets, credit cards and keys fully exposed, but they remain untouched. To an average American, these actions would...

  • If you thought that Richmond, Virginia was just an old city filled with civil war relics and battlefields, think again! While there is a lot of rich history to be found and enjoyed in Richmond, from the towering statues of famous leaders down Monument Avenue to the famous Americans buried in...

  • In 2009 my family put the "unexpected" in unexpected family road trip. On a Thursday my mom said "let's go on a road trip," and on a Sunday we embarked on the wildest adventure of our lives. Why a family road trip? For good reason: my moms side of the family lives in Minnesota, my dads side of the...

  • This 2010 summer I went on a trip with 14 students from my school to South Africa. It was my first time being overseas and as nervous as I was, I knew I would have a fantastic time. I was anticipating great food, beautiful people, and amazing World Cup Soccer games and I got all of those and so...

    Tags: Africa
  •     When I decided to host an exchange student last April, little did I know I would become one myself. The student in question was a 17 year old girl from Boeblingen, Germany named Anja who would be staying with me and my family for two weeks. The experience was utter chaos as the exchange group...

    Tags: Europe
  • I paced back and forth in the guest room as humidity pressed down on me from all sides. I desperately wished I could be back on the Swiss Travel bus with my Spanish club, but instead I was in a strange house in San Jose, Costa Rica. My best friend Seve was my only connection to a culture and...

  • The real magic happens when I close my eyes. I usually squeeze them really tight when I want to get a good feel of the ocean breeze in my face. As the sun settles in for the night, the sand beneath my feet cools and moistens. Sea Turtles wash up on shore to get a better view of the orange and red...

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