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  • In late August of 2010, my mother and father surprised my siblings and I with a trip to the British Virgin Islands. This being our first time out of the country, we didn't know what to expect. Shell shocked, we were brought upon gorgeous beaches,pool side restaurants and exotic nightlife for all...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • I was drawn to words at a fantastically youthful age. The moment I was able to pronounce a term, my mouth felt fed and my mind expanded. At age six I was given a dictionary by my grandfather and I would skim through the Golden soft pages, attempting to put words together to form pulchritudinous...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • A couple years ago, my father asked my mother if he could take me to Mexico to see my grandmother, whom I last saw when I was two years old.  During the minute it took her to make up her mind, I sent her every type of ‘negative’ subliminal message imaginable.  I was not successful and the next week...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • When most people think of Brazil, they think of soccer, beautiful models, and the Amazon River.  This summer, five other teenagers and I spent two weeks in Puraquequara, Brazil, a small town along the Amazon, home to a boarding school for missionary kids.  Our group had come to help paint school...

  •   Normal.dotm 0 0 1 97 429 home 7 1 682 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false   /*-->*/ Growing up Jewish in America meant that the idea of Israel as the holy state was ingrained in my head. There are many Jews who feel so strongly about Israel being their homeland that they move there...

    Tags: Africa
  • On December 23rd, my dad and I sat in our seats aboard our plane to France. When we arrived in Paris, our first exploration destination was the Eiffel Tower. My dad and I went to the top of the tower. I could see the whole city, including all of the palaces and historical buildings. It was...

    Tags: Europe
  • On the north shore of Lake Erie lies a little beach town named Crystal Beach. To most, who know Crystal Beach, the first thing they think of is the amusement park. They picture the Comet, creaking along the old wooden track. They hear the cries of excitement from Laff in the Dark and shouts of “...

  •   It was three o’ clock in the morning and all forty of us were walking through the chilly, vacant airport at LAX about to board the plane to Europe. We were all wearing the same outfits: khaki colored pants and maroon colored polo shirts with a People to People logo on the upper left side and...

  •  Jetting to the beautiful island of Jamaica a life change is not what anyone anticipates walking away with. I had always heard amazing stories about this Caribbean paradise, all of which I found to be misleading once I arrived. I was told of the perfect grains of sand, crystal blue waters, flawless...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • The cool breeze flickers in the air, momentarily relieving my skin from the scorching sun. As we follow our tour guide, I notice how perfectly the tree’s green leaves complement the blue sky. I snap a picture with one thought in my mind: this place is too peaceful to be a concentration camp. I...

    Tags: Europe, Germany

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