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  • In the summer of 2009, I was part of a mission team that traveled to Guatemala. Before I left, I looked forward to the infinite amount of ways I could serve and care for the deprived people of Guatemala.  I pictured broken down people, uplifted by the Christians God brought them.  It didn’t exactly...

  •             In my family, a relaxing vacation is a ridiculous idea.  My dad has always been an restless spirit, valuing experiences more than things.  As a result, my family does not drive fancy cars or live in a huge house, but I am far more traveled and have a much better grasp of geography and...

    Tags: Europe
  • I knew I was in for an adventure when I pulled back the shower curtain in my hotel and discovered a small lizard, of at least 8 centimeters, with translucent skin and red eyes, scurrying up the walls. The run-down streets of Puerto Limón, Costa Rica are not exactly inviting; the 103º F heat and...

  • The World's Capital as some of the townspeople often jokingly nickname the tiny village, is located on the outskirts of a big city in northern Mexico, La Villita. A city no bigger than that of its neighboring village is seperated to any surrounding region simply because of its crazy fun and...

  • It is the morning of my big day, my first sponsored international tournament.  I eat my breakfast, but I feel uneasy.  What’s wrong with me?  Why does my stomach feel so uneasy; I’ve done this thousands of times and it’s no different than any other tournament?  To my surprise, I throw up; I want to...

    Tags: Europe, Exploring
  •      The adventure began in August of 2000 when my Dad got stationed in Okinawa, Japan. It seemed just like another temporary move, but little did my sister and I know, the three years spent there would be the adventure of a lifetime.  I became penpals with a girl named Yumi, my sister and I were...

    Tags: Asia, Japan, Pacific
  • The word family can be defined as a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, (www.dictionary.com). To me, family is more than a social unit. Family is hope, generosity, trust, and love; each word at its purest meaning. I was blessed with seven brothers and...

  • In the summer of 2006, I went on the trip of a lifetime. My aunt and uncle took me to Paris, France for eight days. I look back on this trip and I do not even think of it as a vacation, I think of it as an experience of a lifetime. We started our trip like any other -- a six hour plane ride and a...

    Tags: Europe
  • Squinting against the midday sun, I breathed in the sweltering, Italian air; grateful for each meager gust of tobacco flavored wind. The soles of my flip-flops stuck to the freshly melted tar on the pavement. My art teacher, Miss Aliffi, shooed away an overly friendly street peddler as the rest...

  • As I took my first few steps back on American territory, my eyes filled with tears of joy and my nose filled with the familiar smell of the freshly mopped airport floor. Within those few seconds, I had been overwhelmed by the immediate feeling of comfort that took over my body. This wave of...

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